LOFTSAILS 2016 RACINGBLADE

 

Slalom Unlimited

Sizes : 5.0 5.6 6.3 7.0 7.8 8.6 9.2 9.6

The 2016 Racing Blade evolve from their 2015 predecessors and include new leech seam schedules.

The result is ‘tuned exhaust’. The new 2016s are dramatically easier to use, their new release character gives the rider better low end, improved middle wind-range speed and faster/easier upper-end performance.

In 2015 the Loftsails Racing Blade earned ‘winning machine’ from Planchemag (France) and was the only design in full slalom tests to earn 10s for both planing power and general performance! WIND magazine awarded the Racing Blade ‘Testers’ Choice’ rating in their 2015 full-slalom sail design tests.

For 2016 the Racing Blade also enjoys new batten-system tuning that shifts the profile slightly forward, making the designs more reactive to trim variation.

Additionally, development for the 2016 line determined that monofilm delivers superior performance.

Read more about the reasons why mono film was chosen to replace x-ply for the latest model.

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FEATURES & BENEFITS

 

  • Internal Kevlar strip applications define shape profiles and maintain stability. Both vertical and horizontal (at cams) orientation
  • Racing Blade mast-pocket construction: mast panel and 2-mm. triax mast-pocket sides (3 layers) are tensioned directly (all 3 layers under tack pulley webbings): downhaul tension is equalized between the mast panel and the mast pocket, resulting in the Racing Blade’s firm, clean, easy-rotating leading edge
  • Blade mast-pocket construction: Equalized loading between the mast panel (interior) and the pocket (exterior). The result is tensioned, firm mast pockets, exceptional durability, rotation ease
  • 4-mm. D/P monofilm body panels: proven superior performance

 

  • Alternate side batten pocket applications with xply pockets (centered battens)
  • Teckam2s- simple, functional, light, adjustable, durable. SDM & RDM compatibility
  • Metallic cam interfaces: rotation ease, and mast-pocket tension at cams maintained
  • 4-mm. D/P monofilm body panels: proven superior performance
  • New 7-mm. monofilm vertical internal panel (inside mast-pocket) for profile stability
  • Redesigned foot geometry (foot cut higher for 2016)
  • All Racing Blades are engineered with tubed battens with varying carbon content in specific locations. The top three battens are specialized 100% carbon tubes

Designer’s Comment

  • RACING BLADE
    "Cutting edge design developed specifically for ultra-competitive racing- slalom and speed, and mag test winner for years on end"

    Monty Spindler
    Monty Spindler Sail Designer / Founder

Pro Tip

  • RACING BLADE
    "The Racing Blade is more reactive than ever before, reaches significantly better top-end speed and features substantially improved light-wind performance."

    Fernando Martínez del Cerro Delgado
    Fernando Martínez del Cerro Delgado ESP-71 Tarifa Core R&D Team

Details

SPECIFICATIONS

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SIZE MAST BOOM Vario_Top WEIGHT Ext. Cambers Battens Reccomended_Mast
9.6 540 244 NO 7,25 20 TekCam2 8 520_TEAM_EDITION_SDM_(SDM_ONLY)
9,2 524 234 NO 6,83 34 TekCam2 7 490 TEAM EDITION SDM (SDM ONLY)
8.6 510 226 NO 6,45 20 TekCam2 7 490 TEAM EDITION SDM (RDM/SDM)
7.8 490 216 NO 6,34 30 TekCam2 7 460 TEAM EDITION SDM (RDM/SDM)
7.0 470 204 NO 5,96 40 TekCam2 7 430 TEAM EDITION SDM (RDM/SDM)
6.3 448 192 NO 5,68 18 TekCam2 7 430 TEAM EDITION SDM (RDM/SDM)
5.6 422 178 NO 5,37 22 TekCam2 7 400 TEAM EDITION SDM (RDM/SDM)
5.0 396 166 NO 5,02 26 TekCam2 7 370 TEAM EDITION SDM (RDM/SDM)

FAQ

I notice that the recommended mast for a 7.0 Racing Blade is a 430 SDM - with 40 cm. of extension making a total luff of 470 cm. What is the reason for this and is it possible to rig it with a 460 instead?

Extensive side-by-side comparison testing proved that 430 masts delivered superior performance than 460s on the 7.0 Racing Blade. A 460 will result in a stiffer feel in the rig, which may be suitable for heavier riders. A 460 RDM mast may be a step in a softer direction that could also be an option to consider. Read more on Loftsails’ RDM and SDM mast compatibility. Note that the Racing Blade 7.8 and 5.0 have similar recommendations to use masts that might be considered quite short relative to their quoted luff lengths and that the same response as above applies.

Will older versions of Loftsails masts be compatible with newer models of Loftsails sails - and vice versa?

Loftsails IMCS mast bend-curve specs have been consistently produced across the range since 2000. The current production technique and component materials have remained unchanged since 2007, so all Loftsails masts and sails produced since then are fully compatible.

LOFTSAILS RACINGBLADE MAGAZINE TEST RESULTS

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