SAIL TECHNOLOGY

nsw_ws_tech_since_logo_1.png50 years of leading sail technology

For more than 50 years we have been focusing exclusively on the research, development and production of high-quality profiles. As well as sails for yachts, Windsurfers and kitesurfing kites

 

Athletes have won everything that there is to win using our profiles. Revolutionary approaches and technologies have always been and will always be part of our success. Almost all details and features that went into our windsurfing products emerged during the development and evolution of the WARP World Cup race sail and its predecessors, which always delivered the highest performance possible. When comparing them with other sail brands, you should always pay particular attention to the unique solutions and innovations that are responsible for the performance of NorthSails Windsurfing. You will realize that most of these features can only be found on our sails. 

 


 

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VTS VISUAL.TRIM.SYSTEM

Perfect trim and huge wind range!

Even newcomers can immediately trim the sail 100% correctly. Simply downhaul the sail until the boarderline of the loose leech reaches the “min dot“ or “max dot“ (depending on the wind speed). That’s it! The exclusive VTS acts like a turbocharger, ensuring maximum performance and an extended range of use. Trimming has never been faster and more accurate!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

segeldetails_081_kopie.jpgHTS HARNESSLINE.TRIM.SYSTEM

Say goodbye to misplaced harness lines!

Forget the time-consuming search for the ideal harness line position, the numb forearms, and the endless fiddling around! The patented print on the sail shows exactly where the center of the harness line has to be. Just position the two ends symmetrically at the left and right of the print, that‘s all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2+3.YEAR.WARRANTY

(Except IDOL_LTD and WARP F2013) 

Quality guaranteed - No other brand offers something similar

Short-term thinking minimum weight is great. But over-reducing necessary reinforcements automatically reduces the longevity. NorthSails is famous for the perfect ratio weight to durability. To prove the superior durability and quality, we grant a unique 2+3.YEAR.WARRANTY on all our sails (does not include monofilm)! To secure the extended warranty claims please immediately register under www.north-windsurf.com/fre/warranties/register. Otherwise just the legal warranty period can be granted!

 

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DOUBLE.SEAM.TECHNOLOGY

Twice as durable, half the stretch

NorthSails stands for unsurpassed quality that guarantees a longer life for our sails. The triple zig-zag seams significantly contribute to this. And they don‘t come, as usual, in a single, but in a double version! They cover all exposed crash areas that would otherwise be damaged. The result is higher resistance to tear and a reduction of stretch by up to 50% as a result of the second seam, also benefiting profile stability and performance. Only the DOUBLE.SEAM.TECHNOLOGY by NorthSails can deliver this!

 

 

 

 

 


 

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(RAM F14, S_TYPE, IDOL, VOLT, HERO, SOUL)

More protection, less abrasion

The iBUMPER is probably the most innovative mast protector on the market. Under heat its highly resilient surface material gets thermally connected to a shock-absorbing foam. The intelligent arrangement of the ribs and surfaces not only offer weight advantages, but also eliminates the two most common problems. The contoured upper section provides unprecedented bump protection and cushioning in the event of foot or lower leg contact. The lower part however is designed towards maximum abrasion resistance to meet the frequent board contact. This is indicated by the absence of ribs and the generous surface. Smart detail: a mesh pocket at the inside to store the excess downhaul rope.

 


 

14_sail_feature_6_2.jpgPOLYESTER.WEBBING.ONLY

No stretch, no tension loss

What has been proven in safety belts is just good enough for us windsurfers! As the only manufacturer we use Polyester webbing at the (vario) top, the tack roller and the batten tensioner attachment-loops. The advantage over conventional Polypropylene is the almost non-existing stretch. Even brand new sails now keep the full downhaul tension and need not be re-tensioned. The same is true for the batten tensioner. A small detail with a great effect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

14_sail_feature_7.jpgPURE.PATCH.TECHNOLOGY

Fewer layers, lower weight.

With the newly developed high-tech PURE.PATCH.TECHNOLOGY one layer of PURE PE material replaces the traditional multi-layer reinforcements. This applies to the clew, luff and the batten pocket ends. The altered structure in combination with the highly abrasion-resistant and virtually indestructible PURE material saves 50% of the weight of the previous patches! Woven in two direction

 

 

 

 

 

 



14_sail_feature_8.jpgVTS.PLUS

(E_TYPE, CURVE, JEWEILS MIT FIXTOP)

Even faster and easier to rig.

The all-new VTS.PLUS trim indicators (FAST.RIGGING.INDICATION) that make all E_TYPE and CURVE sails with fix-top even easier and faster to rig. Thanks to precise specifications of the mastand boom lengths the down- and outhaul are simply pulled as far as it goes, done! Of course, the traditional VTS trimming dots are also available to allow all specialists more flexibility for maximum performance.

 

 

 

 

 



14_sail_feature_9.jpgiROCKET

Lighter, more aerodynamic, extremely durable.

With 50% less weight than its predecessor, the iROCKET is our lightest batten tensioner ever! Despite the significantly lower dimensions there is no loss in durability or adjustability. Stretch-free, abrasion resistant Polyester webbing results in a rock-solid fixation of the iROCKET!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




14_sail_feature_10.jpgHightech-Laminat "ODL"

(IDOL_LTD)

Extremely light, extremely high-tech.

Yachting sail specialist POLYANT delivers one of the most desirable laminates available today. ODL is an extremely lightweight material that is unbelievably 50% lighter than regular X.PLY and makes every weight freak rave. Since the film thickness is reduced to an absolute minimum this laminate is exclusively used for the IDOL_LTD. Please note the reduced UV-stability!

 

 

 



14_sail_feature_11a.jpgSET&GO.VARIOTOP 

(sails with Vario Top)

Find the optimum vario top setting without the usual try and error

From the first rigging now the length of the vario top is set correctly. Easy to read length indicators show the perfect setting in relation to the used mast length which eliminates any testing and readjustment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

14_sail_feature_27.jpgDOUBLE.D.BUCKLE 

(sails with Vario Top)

inspired by high mechanical load capacity climbing harnesses and racing helmets:

The exclusive two-piece Double.D.BUCKLE replaces present standard solutions. This construction guarantees outstanding trimming options and completely eliminates webbing slippage.

 

 

 


 

14_sail_feature_12.jpgPROGRESSIVE.CUTAWAY.CLEW inkl. CROSS.BATTEN

(WARP F2013, RAM F14, S_TYPE, E_TYPE 6.2 and up)

Optimum combination of minimized rotation forces, power and handling. 

The CROSS.BATTEN concept is the intelligent solution that shifts the sail’s center of effort downwards and supports the larger surface area in the boom zone. It also allows for an early planing profile without losing handling. Ideal in combination with the PROGRESSIVE.CUTAWAY.CLEW which has an extremely positive influence on the sails agility, feel and allows a shorter, stiffer boom. Both features individually vary depending on the type and size of the sail.

That is, the more pronounced the CUTAWAY thus the longer the CROSS.BATTEN, the more flex and comfort, especially when overpowered ("excess" sail area "flexes away"). The more performance-oriented the sail, the less pronounced the CUTAWAY.CLEW and the CROSS.BATTEN are to ensure a more direct acceleration.

 


14_sail_feature_13.jpgULTRA.FILM

The lightest monofilm on the market

To save as much weight as possible, we now use ULTRA.FILM which is just 4mm thick for the super lightweight IDOL_LTD as well as the big WARP F2013 (from 8.6 m2). This extreme monoflim is used throughout the body panel and contributes significantly to the low overall weight thanks to its reduced thickness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


14_sail_feature_14.jpgEPOXY.BATTEN

Extremely stable, extremely unbreakable

There is no higher load on the equipment as you get during Wave riding or Freestyle. Brute forces when getting washed or heavy wipe-outs can quickly spoil the fun. For this reason, from now on all wave and freestyle sails (except IDOL_LTD) are equipped with brand new, extremely durable epoxy battens that can really survive anything. Some more evidence of the famous NorthSails longevity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


 

14_sail_feature_15.jpgTWIN.TRIM.CLEW 

(WARP F2013, RAM F14, S_TYPE)

Increased range of use, individual tuning options.

The secret of the TWIN.TRIM.CLEW are the 2 horizontally placed clew eyelets. The outer clew position provides more power and a more direct feeling, while the inner position gives more control and a softer sensation.

 

 

 

  


 

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(WARP F2013, RAM F14, S_TYPE)

Soft rotation and excellent rigging comfort.

The ultimate in smooth sailing with unequalled advantages.

Advantage 1: Super-fast rigging. (Sliding-up instead of snapping-on the mast.) No need for repeat adjustments to luff- and outhaul tension.

Advantage 2: Minimum friction means soft rotation, since the HYPER.CAM features free rollers without plastic buckles, so that only the rollers touch the mast.

Advantage 3: Optimized shape for the best possible mast pocket profile and ideal aerodynamics

Advantage 4: Fits all mast diameters, since only the rollers but never the plastic body touch the surface, which also makes the HYPER.CAM extremely easy to rotate.

 

 

 

  


 

14_sail_feature_17.jpgTRIPLE.TACK.ROLLER

Minimum forces for perfect trim.

The integrated, nickel-plated brass triple roller minimizes the downhaul forces tremendously. The optimized side plate with integrated rope led prevents that the rope will be damaged or jumps from the roll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

14_sail_feature_18.jpgDURA.LUFF.PATCH

Extremely stable luff reinforcement.

The area around the boom cutout is particularly exposed to wear and tear, because the luff panel always forms wrinkles when inserting the mast. Over time, this „accordion effect“ may cause cracks in the monofilm. The flexible DURA.LUFF.PATCH reinforces the area around the boom and creates a soft transition to the monofilm, while preventing cracks in the film.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Improved sail control at higher wind speeds.

Kai Hopf relied on the WARP F2013 to design the TT.TOP. The concave shape is slightly reduced, which improves tension and allows for a more effective, three-dimensional top twist. This means the top twists not only horizontally, but also vertically under strong winds. By virtually neutralizing gusts, the rig’s kept steady in the rider‘s hands, and works in a much larger range of winds.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

14_sail_feature_22.jpgINDIVIDUAL.BOOM.LENGTH.INDICATION

Choosing the right boom length without experimenting.

Since the boom is positioned at different points on the mast depending on the rider‘s height, the ideal boom length varies due to the different angles. To make it easier to find the right length fast, the individual recommendations are written directly on the luff panel at boom level.

 

 

 

 

 


 

INTELLIGENT.BATTEN.SYSTEM

Individual batten setting for better performance!

Since each batten fulfills a different task, we use a huge variety of batten types. They differ not only in their cross section (round or rectangular) but also in the materials used (glass, glass-carbon composites, full carbon) and in their geometry (thickness, width). Moreover, all battens have specific stiffness degrees and profiles, regardless of their length for 100% draft stability in the center of the sail, optimum twist in the top (horizontally and vertically), and reduced top weight (easier handling).

 


 

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beautiful, extremely durable.

As many as three different X.PLY scrims with varying fiber density and film thickness are used in our 2013 sails. The materials are always carefully selected to match the sail‘s application and to obtain the ideal combination of durability and weight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

14_sail_feature_24.jpgMINI.BATTEN

Eliminates unintentional leech flutter.

Short, highly effective miniature battens support the area between the long battens and prevent any annoying flutter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

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No more friction when threading the mast into the mast pocket.

A brilliant trick makes inserting the mast a breeze. The NorthSails logo above the boom cutout opens the mast pocket just a little, allowing the rider to insert the mast with just one hand, without having to move up the luff.

 

 

 

 

 

 


PROGRESSIVE.BATTEN.CONFIGURATION

(S_TYPE, E_TYPE, DRIVE)

Better handling and total control.

The number of battens plays a decisive role when it comes to a stable center of effort, weight, and handling. With the PROGRESSIVE.BATTEN. CONFIGURATION we have introduced a system that determines the ideal number of battens for each sail, depending on size and intended use. This provides for an ideal combination of performance and the lowest possible weight for each size.