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G Yacht Design and Advanced Wing Systems
announce a partnership to bring wing
sails to Classe Mini



Advanced Wing Systems (AWS) of Australia and G
Yacht Design (GYD) of Argentina are working together to bring the AWS wing sail
to the mini transat fleet.  Nicholas Goldenberg of GYD says that this is
an exciting development to add on to the success of our RG650 Classe Mini
series boat.  “The AWS wing is an exciting development.  It offers
the structural advantage of a larger diameter mast section without the drag
penalty.    The larger diameter section means that the rig can
be supported with less rigging and only a single set of spreaders.  The
unique way that the mast and sails work together to form the wing section
combines aerodynamic and structural advantages unseen in other designs. The
flexibility of the system and the ability for the wing to be reefed and stowed
make it an ideal solution for ocean going yachts.  With the ability to
control camber, thickness and twist with only simple controls make it an ideal
solution for short handed performance craft.  We will offer the AWS wing
as a retro fit to existing protos, or as part of a new proto design based on
the successful RG650.”


Greg Johnston of Advanced Wing Systems hopes
that this will be the start of partnership which will see the AWS wing expand
into other classes and designs.  “While we are starting with a rig for the
minis, the mast moulds will be able to be used for other similar sized craft as
well.  The design is flexible enough for us to be able to change the sail
plan and still get excellent aerodynamic performance.  The rig for the
mini will use textile rigging but this is not a requirement.  The rig will
support fractional and mast head spinnakers.  In full carbon the rig can
be made at a very competitive weight and with less supporting rigging. 
The design is suited to craft of any size, but the minis are the obvious choice
for a first production rig.  We can tool up to produce much bigger
masts.  The design scales very well due to the relationship between the
mast size and the sail size.   Nico [Nicolas Goldberg] has some very
nice larger designs that would lend themselves nicely to the AWS system. ”


Production of the AWS Wing will be in
Argentina. The AWS Wing will be available internationally.  For more
information contact GYD at info@gyachtdesign.

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