Just fun and speed… that about sums up what most of us are looking for when we go out blasting. But as this video shows it’s even more fun with a mate too. Winning the drag race, overtaking for mate at the local beach is definitely one of the best things you can do on a board.
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You can also find out about 25 years of slalom sailing history, as Adrian Jones catches up with NeilPryde designer Robert Stroj to track the history their sails and how we have ended up with the Racing Evov 6, that we have today.
Read on for more about the NeilPryde Racing Evov 6:
The all-new EVO6 is the latest speed machine born from the record-breaking RS:Racing programme. Brilliantly bright new livery is apparent but something more extraordinary hides beneath – completely new luff panel layout, sleeve construction, streamlined batten pockets and just the right amount of Forceline.
Welcome to the evolution of speed.
QUADRUPLE LUFF PANEL LAYOUT
EVO6 features four continuous luff panels that carry most of the sail body shaping. This configuration stabilises the critical section draft position while also providing lightweight yet stretch-resistant way of increasing the film thickness proportional with downhaul load distribution. Continuous panels eliminated horizontal seams crossing the highly loaded leading edge, which increases response of the sail as well as durability. Introduction of this extremely stable leading edge platform that is able to take very high downhaul loads allowed us to integrate Clear Pocket construction in the remaining sail body.
COMPONENT SLEEVE CONSTRUCTION
The EVO6 sleeve is constructed by combining different materials with specific properties to achieve optimum profile entry stability and elasticity, critical for rotation and light weight.
The front upper section (1) is made from lightweight woven material that has necessary elasticity and durability to resist wear from direct contact with the mast.
Behind this panel there is a low stretch Dyneema™ ArmourWeb section (2) that takes high downhaul tension and is critical in stabilising the profile entry, providing smooth bridging between Ultra Cams.
Inserted between this Dyneema™ panel and the sail body is a very lightweight, rip-resistant laminated film/taffeta with Dyneema™ yarns (3). Film controls the stretch, Dyneema™ provides ultimate rip resistance and taffeta is crucial for stitch holding. Bottom part of the sleeve is finished using our Luff Glide material as on other NeilPryde sails. This material combines very low friction against the mast (important for smooth rotation) with excellent durability and necessary elasticity in the bottom part.
CLEAR POCKET BATTEN SLEEVE
On the EVO6, overlapping body panels create a sleeve for battens, eliminating the need for traditional separate batten pockets. This obviously saves on unnecessary weight and simplifies construction. Much more importantly, Clear Pockets create a fully symmetrical batten cavity, eliminating the tendency of traditional batten pockets to load differently from one tack to another. Traditional batten pockets, sewn on one side of the sail make the sail body set deeper when they are on the leeward side of the profile than when they are on the windward side. Clear Pockets, set the battens effectively in the middle of the horizontal cross section of the sail, avoiding this problem.
The clew area of the EVO6 features a custom laminated Kevlar™ Forceline Panel for load distribution. Load spreading Kevlar™ strips are laminated directly onto the sail body, fanning from the point load at the grommet and continuously crossing over panel joints. This not only provides optimum load distribution but it makes for extremely lightweight yet strong construction eliminating any air pockets present in traditional patch construction.