Claudio Badiali also called “BAD” (owner and developer of the Challenger Sails) has made available some shots that highlights the new construction technique used for developing new ThreeG.
Many new products and developments that Claudius has decided to lay bare for the preparation of Riwmag:
“I spoke with Daniel Bruch that just a few days ago about the new ThreeG .. .the called it "the perfect wave sail". In essence, Daniel did not ask specific and detailed changes but small improvements and the creation of a second line aimed at a discerning clientele, made with fabrics and State-of-the-art technologies and materials such as wire oriented sails. Logically not’ easy inverntarsi new materials, then we reinforced the hypothesis to make the most of what is now the technology is able to provide on the basis of the real needs of windsurfers.
Today the most characteristic’ request and’ maintaining the stability of the profile combined with lightness, i.e. keep a very light sail trying not to make it too supple. This is the crux, precisely because it lightens a sail more you run the risk of making it brittle and supple compromising stability. Hence the decision of Challenger, to design a new building type called "oriented" wire which consists precisely in orienting these threads in "black" technora inside the membranes on the sail tension.
Actually, going back a few years back in time, Challenger Sails had already used this type of construction in the far 2008 When the first slalom sails were tested by Anders Bringdal. At that time though, This type of design-oriented Panel was directed to the construction of slalom sails but the same Anders and other athletes of the Team were satisfied with the answer you gave under sail over power because although small elasticity of these membranes affects the speed and ease of conduction.
What happens: in the slalom all athletes are always soprainvelati, under these conditions the sails are of very heavy loads for which the fabric tends to deform and here come into play the slats and materials used. If the fabric is not at zero or maximum elasticity 0,05 (so on a meter we have a few tenths of a millimeter, almost nothing) and’ logical that the sail rather than keep her profile "impallona", as they say in slang, causing the classic spinout. So after putting the sails on sale for about a year and a half .... We decided to stop the project and set it aside because slalom did not give stability.
Subsequently we tried in 2009 to implement this project to sails freestyle: all of them also approved for lightness … but the thing that was reined in managing production costs. The use of advanced materials to play "oriented panels" resulted in a disproportionate increase in the price of production from one side produced a high-performance glider but on the other hand would have more than doubled the costs . So sailing was beautiful, light but cost too ... and in 2009 very little price factor on choice of materials. Nobody would buy a CHS to 20% plus’ compared to sails made on the market. In 2010 We finally abandoned the project following the common roads trying to study a balance of materials to be used in the construction of sails slalom, because after years of study and tests on the products, We came to the conclusion that this type of Panel structure oriented was not suitable for the design of sails slalom.
This year we have seen another company come out with a line of wave sails made with this technology so we thought that this could be the right time to resume a project put aside a few years earlier and apply it to wave sails. Just so, Why does the wave and freestyle we need a minimum of elasticity in profile, especially in the wave, When you are on the crest of the wave or during a jump. In those around you have these stresses for which an answer too dry the sail and equipment could lead to the downfall or not closing a maneuver, so let's say a wing that, in a sense “breathe” along with windsurfer, and’ essential.
The final decision on re-use of this technique was taken on the basis that this type of fabric facing panels is very special and one of the best companies to produce it's own italiana. What is our advantage over Chinese production?! Definitely not the prices but a better quality of membranes and oriented threads. We have produced these new sails with the best film-oriented panels found that instead of being a 23 applied on each side (then 46 – NdR: weights) is a 17, so we move from a 46 to a 34 lightening a 25% only in the movies, We drew all doubling or even tripling the amount of strands aimed to make sailing safe in all respects.
Sailing in question is none other than the photocopy of the sail with a ridiculous weight … that is for a 4.5 about 2,350 Kg including slats made of carbon not completely (not too hard to make the profile). This new prototype is entirely produced in Italy, finishes are custom but we're thinking, considering the success shocked, to put it into production. We have not yet determined whether to keep an Italian or Eastern production, at the moment we are in a creative and testing phase at the end of which we will evaluate the best choice.
Other news, also in response to the many questions asked in the past few weeks, about the speech of window size. In this new prototype we notice a slightly smaller, This choice stems from the desire to keep on more surface can the wire structure oriented, because it would be pointless to design an sailing all structured to eliminate a large part of the structure itself. Reasoning and performing the necessary calculations we decided to make a totally functional and well positioned for all operations, especially in the bottom where you need to have that window of visibility to be precise and simultaneous at the right time. Then the window is perfectly positioned, Obviously the test will also confirm this design or calculate any moves to the nearest millimetre increase even further the performance.
The second innovation is the preparation of a prototype freestyle 4.8 that will be tested by Frederick Radicioni first in Italy and then in Australia where he will be made a fotoshooting and where we communicate first impressions, Because maybe it's just in the freestyle serving greater stability and light weight profile.
They say that surprises and new products for this year will definitely be in threeG but definitely we will have other interesting things even to the level of 4pro on.
We'll keep you continually informed about updates and tests made on our products.”
text: Pietro Aiello 4 www.RIWmag.com
photo: courtesy Claudio Badiali
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