CHALLENGER SAILS: In search for the Grail… and the top step of the PWA Slalom
the output has been so exciting that relive, with every beat of thought, those moments of adrenaline and freedom ...
Then continue to think … but it's time productively … trying to figure out what worked and what could work better ...
Relive sensations, images, emotions ... all in order to try to make a small contribution in the continuous search to improve an engine, that for a while ', spinning like a formula 1 that pole
These few days in France (I have just been 4days in La Franqui with Alberto Possati and Anders Bringdal) are also served to get to the heart of some changes to some components and all'outline “hardware” of my beloved Challenger Sails! in view of Luderitz and production 2014: stick pen shorter, ; leech more closed at the top, camber longer.
RIWmag: a question of history, how did this new adventure with Challenger and when?
Principle: began towards the end of 2008 when Andrea Bargi, My great friend and importer of the boards AB (ie Unlike Bringdal) Bringdal Anders led to the Challenger and follow the signed.
Anders has been critical to the development of the new sail: no more than a leech broken like the sails slalom in vogue had always done ... A leech constant … but with the right fat and sventasse in a progressive way ... like a dream ...
Like all the Best in Show Anders always wanted more: but on the other hand, there was a Mr. sailmaker … race he!!!
I still remember the expression on his face when Anders in France, alla Nautique, during Pasqua 2010 he felt that he would become the sailing series 2011 (then already available in Italy in October 2010): Claudio Badiali had succeeded in the miracle ... Anders passed with a serious smile to a stellar.
This happens when you put together a sailmaker by Oscar by Oscar developer and an athlete!!!
RIWmag: but you had won so much in the first year, in 2009, true?
P.: yes sure. 1mo Classificato World Speed Sailing Ranking (Unlike), 3° Classificato World Championship (Unlike), 1mo Classificato Speed World Cup a Dungarvan e European Speed Champion (I), 2° Absolute speed of the entire circuit Speed 2009 (me medesimo).
… then he went ahead ... Anders First in world ranking 2010, I ( for a while ') 3°, poi Other: World Speed Sailing open water record … etc. etc.. …
The last victory dates back to Anders with the Challenger 2012 in the Mondial du Vent and Defi with sails CHS serial Anders ... then took another road ... It was also very taken by its role as licensee of the brand Mistral Windsurfing ... Sometimes we dream of perfection … but not of this world … we only try to get as close as possible ... but that's another story ... of a perfect world that lives only in my thoughts ...
But we spend our days ...
P.: I wanted to experience some changes as suitable for slalom sails leech even more closed at the top and some trees’ more rigid … to see until there would be benefits began ... and where the critical.
The benefits are immediately at low speeds … but also up to 40kts things work ...
But when the wind starts to get serious about leaving the other noises virtual state ... then it is better to come back on a leech slightly more progressive.
Comunque with slalom and the 5.8 (is that in all monofilm) ho fatto 39kts in 25kts di Vento!!! Delighted!!!
I forgot ... I flew with speed … but for good luck is better not to say the speed
If you allow me I would now involve Claudio Badiali, our beloved sailmaker
RIWmag: Ciao Claudio, welcome to RIW magazine! Are you the sailmaker P7 as well as CHS ... congratulations, 've had several riders also very young on the podium in the PWA this year and two of our boys, Alberto Menegatti and Matthew fly Iachino!!! What have you contributed to the sails slalom performance and to make them so fast and how important it is to have young tester, strong and professionals like Matthew and Alberto?
Claudio Badiali: thanks, I always read with pleasure … especially the magazine of the Prince (at least not so hammered risk )
And’ was very important to have had the opportunity to work with one of the 3 windsurfers largest in history that is Anders Bringdal … I learned a lot from him … and I hope I was able to have given him something, too.
Today, in addition to the Prince in the speed I'm lucky to make sails for a large group of great athletes and even young promising that in PWA Slalom have been able to become the great!
Their desire, their energy and their professionalism helps me a lot to develop and improve my product.
For P7 then I can make use of the experience and ability of the owner Andrea Cucchi … which by the way still from 'awkward to many in de world cup!
RIWmag: How big is your loft and how many employees are there in the sail loft?
C.B.: our factory is 1000 square meters and we are in a fortnight to work ...
RIWmag: Again congratulations, especially for the courage to make a made in Italy quality!
C.B.: thank you very much, I've always believed, For this reason, we also do custom line entirely made in Italy to Senigallia. Thank you!!!
RIWmag: Prince close to you. Do you have a story to tell?
P.: you know the 7.1 Easter 2010 ... That had been made with the clew a little’ wider because I preferred it so ... then the standard was changed to 2.5 cm.
Here the sail still have it ... and when I put it in the water always looks like a nuclear reactor
Greetings to all readers of RIW!!!
Andrea Baldini text 4 www.RIWmag.com
photo credits: Annie Fouarge, courtesy Andrea Baldini e Challenger Sails
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