What is the difference between twist and wind

Faber + Münker downwind sails

When the sailors speak of the "colorful", they usually mean the spinnaker and gennaker (asym. Spinnaker). When sailing downwind, the apparent wind comes from aft, i.e. from behind. The unfolded mainsail often covers the foresail with its area, so that the propulsion of the boat is no longer optimal.

This is where the large, lightweight nylon sails come into play and make any yacht go much faster. Over the years this sail has established itself on all cruise ships and is no longer only seen on regatta yachts. Modern techniques such as rescue hoses enable even small crews of 2 people not to have to forego maximum sailing fun.

We invest in research and development when designing our spinnakers. For this, a special tool was used for the first time, a wind tunnel specializing in the examination of sails. Faber + Münker is one of the first sailmakers in Germany to have examined and optimized their sails in the new twist-flow wind tunnel of the Yacht Research Unit Kiel (YRU). In cooperation with the flow scientists at YRU, we have developed a new family of sail shapes for spinnakers.

We will work with you to find out which sail is exactly the right one for you.

The spinnaker is usually the largest sail on board a yacht and is set on space or downwind courses to increase the sail area. The spinnaker is bulbous, has two leeches of the same length and is made of nylon or polyester, depending on the size and use. It is light in the cloth so that it does not collapse even with little wind.

The weight of the fabric increases when the boat is to be used in strong winds or when the yacht is heavy. Today, spinnakers can also be safely handled and driven by small crews using a special hose. The cuts have also changed so that a spinnaker is easier to trim. A sail that should not be missing on any yacht.

 

Options

  • Special sail bag
  • Sail number
  • measurement

The gennaker or, more correctly, the asymmetrical spinnaker, allows you to sail at a higher angle to the wind. A wonderful sail, which is often set in place of a genoa, is sailed on wide courses. Setting up and retrieving a gennaker is very easy with a hose.

Such a sail should not be missing on any ship. Since a gennaker does not need a boom like a spinnaker, it is preferred by many sailors. In recent years, the asymmetrical fun-makers have also been driven more and more often on a roller system. Handling is child's play and therefore safe.

Options

  • measurement
  • Sail number
  • Special sail bag