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Glenn Ashby redesigns the original Decksweeper for the high speed foiling catamaran

North Sails has continued their partnership with America’s Cup sailor and foiling superstar Glenn Ashby to create a new state of the art sail for the A-Class Catamaran, the Decksweeper 2. After his recent victory in the A-Class Australian Championship using the original Decksweeper mainsail, Glenn worked with North Sails One Design experts to further develop the mainsail into the Decksweeper 2. This new version of the sail is built and optimised to make full use of the high speeds that the boats are now put through, as well as coping with the lighter wind speeds when foiling is more challenging.

Ian Johnson, North Sails Australia One Design expert, commented:

Following his success at the 2018 Australian Championships, Glenn has re-defined the A-Class aero package in partnership with North Sails. The new 2018 Decksweeper has been designed for high speed sailing, with much attention being paid to the bottom loading of the sail and twist profiles. Overall depth and entry and exit angles have been tailored to support the sail through a large range of conditions and with a variety of mast set-ups, the sail can be set up to suit a good range of weights and wind conditions.

The new Decksweeper 2 has been designed with a smaller head with more sail area further down the sail. After experimenting with a boomless option, Glenn decided having a boom was the best option for speed and foiling wind range. A foot shelf has also been added to create an airtight seal between the trampoline and the sail.

Glenn Ashby said, “The North Sails Decksweeper design evolution incorporates its proven solid light air performance with an all new profile and shaping throughout, adding a new dimension in up range foiling conditions.”

The Decksweeper 2 is now in stock and ready to ship for your next A-Class regatta.

Contact your nearest North Sails A-Class expert today.