The decision to locate the mast further to aft directly comes from the designers’ racing
experience and has many advantages:
• Centring the mast in this way creates a large forward triangle (a promise for great
performance), whilst affording all the simplicity of a self-tacking jib
. Why a promise for great performance? How? There is no overlap so no slot effect??
• The large forward triangle also means it is possible to use a respectably-sized Code 0 for
conditions. As on any boat.
• A “VMG” option allows to “divide” headsail surface areas with a moveable self-tacking
staysail and an overlapping genoa
. So two headsail's? VMG do you mean as in Vector made good?
• The shorter boom makes the mainsail much easier to manoeuvre.Mainsails are mainsails short or long how is that an advantage other than the aspect ratio?
• The mainsail, which is relatively narrower and higher, benefits from better winds at the
top, thus enhancing performance: extending the sail centre really improves performance, Hence the square head on the 450, aspect ratio is up i agree.
• The forestay and shrouds are at much wider angles to the mast, thereby substantially
: this choice allows to reduce sample weight, thus increasing
stability and speed. Only the forestay angle has changed, it has become softer whilst the Shrouds have become lesser angles.
• By re-centring the weight in this way, pitching is considerably reduced. More weight has moved aft with the rig and accomodation so has the aft sections been fattened to carry this weight, Lagoons have a squat under way if the aft sections have been fattened then drag will be up.
I will be very interested to see what has been done, don't like it but that's just my feelings.