From our good friend (and former RTW absolute record holder on Playstation) Paul “Whirly” Van Dyke, just off a sail development program for the hot new SIG 45:
I just got back from four days of sailing the SIG 45 in the Bay of St Tropez. We relaunched the boat with an improved rig, and on Sept 9th it will make its world debut at the Cannes Boat Show.
We had North Sails 3DL grey taffeta mainsail and jib along with a laminate reacher, but the mainsail is the real centerpiece of the sail inventory, and with its oversized square-top head the boat can fly a hull upwind in 17knots TWS.
The rig, which has Hall’s new SCR carbon diamonds, is very stiff and worked well. Our overall goal was to get the sails and systems dialed in, with mast rake, shroud and batten tension, drum height, and instrument calibration just few of the many jobs we had to get done in a short period of time. Outright maximum performance was not one of the goals but we did manage 23.5 BS in 20 to 23 TWS with a full main and reacher.
Hugo Le Breton is very keen on making a good showing with this wonderful boat and will be working flat out to get her looking first class for the show. Check the website for more info and pictures.
Paul Van Dyke