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EPEX High Tech Sails for Bavaria 39 Cruiser

In 2008, after a break of 15 years from the regatta lanes, I decided to participate at the Tuesday evening regattas at FA Sejlklub.

EPEX High Tech Sails for Bavaria 39 Cruiser

In 2008, after a break of 15 years from the regatta lanes, I decided to participate at the Tuesday evening regattas at FA Sejlklub.

The Bavaria 39 CR performed well with the standard Dacron furling main and furling genoa, so I felt like returning to racing.

With a new crew it took some time before our boat handling was acceptable. Speed on reaching and upwind courses was acceptable, but the boat was heeling. Sailing close-hauled we couldn't keep height at all, the sails were simply too hollow and lost the shape when the wind was blowing. Consequently, we were listed far down on the ranking lists.

At the boat show in Margrethe Hallen in 2009 I spoke to one of Elvstrom's salesmen who mentioned the advantages of changing to EMS High Tech sails - EPEX Technora with double Taffeta in grey, and in the light hereof I decided to order new sails.

I changed all halyards to Dyneema as the old once were of poor quality which wouldn't be optimum conditions for the new sails.

The new sails were beyond my expectations, and I have gained more surface with the vertical battens, less heeling, really good height and more speed. The sails simply keep the shape regardless how strong the wind is blowing. Further it is easy to reef till the reef indicators in the sail.

As a result we are now among the top at our evening matches, and when participating at the Melfaremarine 2Star Cup - Round the Little Belt - we won over all in 24-28 knots wind. So any talk about furling mains not being able to compete with conventional sails should cease, at least if the furling sails are built of the best materials.

Hans Henrik Hansen
Bavaria 39 Cruiser
EPEX Technora with double Taffeta in grey.

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