LOFTSAILS 2017 RACINGBLADE

 

Slalom Unlimited

Sizes : 5.0 5.6 6.3 7.0 7.8 8.6 9.2 9.6

Excess Speed Guaranteed. Loftsails 2017 Racingblade has several subtle modifications that add up to an extra gear in your slalom performance.

Planche Mag (FRA) awarded the Racingblade 2016 with a 10+ for maximum speed that proves its capability versus rivals. For 2017 the Racingblade has been redesigned with seam curve profiles that shift deeper profiles around the boom area that push in greater low-end power and added acceleration. The new 2017 designs are also more reactive to trim variation. Additionally the 2017 construction places 7-mm. monofilm into the upper rear mast panels (inside the mast pocket) that limits luff elongation to the upper forward sections of the sail. This provides stability and delivers superior performance, especially in maxed conditions.

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FEATURES & BENEFITS

  • Internal vertical and horizontal Kevlar strip applications at cams – Maintain stability and define shape profiles
  • Racingblade mast-pocket construction features mast panel and 2-mm. Triax mast-pocket sides (3 layers) that are tensioned directly (all 3 layers under tack pulley webbings) – Therefore downhaul tension is equalized between the mast panel and the mast pocket, resulting in the Racingblade’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. Dimension Polyant monofilm body panels – proven superior performance
  • Tubed battens with varying carbon content according to performance. The top 3 are specialized 100% carbon tubes – Carbon tubes deliver superior stiffness to maximize stability for your upper end
  • Slick Tekcam2 rotation. (Tekcam2 Large for SDM also supplied) – Easy cam rotation makes your windsurfing experience more enjoyable.
  • Metallic cam interfaces – MCIs eliminate contact point degradation characteristic of cam designs without MCIs
  • Centered battens in X-Ply sleeves. (Alternate pocket sides) – Using similar material for the batten pocket as the body material minimizes asymmetric character of Dacron batten pocket construction that, due to Dacron stretch, allows the batten to stay on the sail side. Pockets made with laminate pockets force the batten to stay centered. This is important to keep the sail symmetrical.  –  If all batten pockets are Dacron, and mounted on the same side of the sail –  the sail will be biased to one tack and rotate unevenly. Loftsails X-Ply batten pockets that alternate sides limit asymmetric character.  
  • Streamlined neoprene boom cutout with dual zippers – limits water entry into the mast sleeve during falls, keeping the rig light for a fast recovery
  • RDM/SDM compatible – Both mast types fully compatible to maximize your windsurfing experience. 
  • 7-mm. monofilm vertical internal panel (inside mast-pocket) – For profile stability

Designer’s Comment

  • RACING BLADE
    "A softer, easier RacingBlade feel, added low-end drive and increased trim-reactivity. The breathing, pumpable character of earlier Blades is enhanced, with a soft, direct forward-drive feeling"

    Monty Spindler
    Monty Spindler Sail Designer / Founder

Pro Tips

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    The 2017 RacingBlade has improved a lot with a lighter feeling, improved low-end power for lighter winds with such amazing control, stability and easy handling for you to push with unlimited acceleration, super easy jibing and camber rotation. The 2017's fast and easy to rig if done the correct way:My technique is to insert the mast above the cams (on the zipper side), downhaul the sail a bit just before it loosens up at the top, start with the second cam by putting one hand holding the mast and the other on the cam and push downward. It's an instant fast move if done the correct way it is very easy, then you follow to the 3rd, 4th and then last the 1st cam at the bottom. Give it enough downhaul for the leech to work properly and then you can put your boom on for final tuning.

    Diony Guadagnino
    Diony Guadagnino V-69 International Team Rider
  • RACINGBLADE
    "Fast and easy with backhand power on tap to access more speed . After tons of prototypes the final 2017s stood out as being the easiest to use. Easiest means fastest  - on either a long day's racing, or blasting against your friends. The 2017s extra power will help you overtake others but always give you max control"

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

Details

SPECIFICATIONS

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Size Luff  Boom  Vario Top  Sail Weight (kg.)  Ext. (cm.)  Teckam2 Battens Reccomended Mast
5.0 414 174 NO 5,26 14 4 7 400_TEAM_EDITION_SDM_(RDM/SDM)
5,6 430 186 NO 5,52 30 4 7 400_TEAM_EDITION_SDM_(RDM/SDM)
6,3 450 198 NO 5,79 20 4 7 430_TEAM_EDITION_SDM_(RDM/SDM)
7.0 468 206 NO 6,03 38 4 7 430_TEAM_EDITION_SDM_(RDM/SDM)
7,8 490 218 NO 6,34 30 4 7 460_TEAM_EDITION_SDM_(RDM/SDM)
8,6 510 232 NO 6,67 20 4 7 490_TEAM_EDITION_SDM_(RDM/SDM)
9,2 526 238 NO 6,86 36 4 7 490_TEAM_EDITION_SDM_(RDM/SDM)
9,6 542 244 NO 7,06 22 4 8 520_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.

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