posted on December 26, 2011
The Fireballs changed their rules to allow mylar for the mainsail and the first new sails were made early 2003. For some time, sailmakers experimented with materials and are now using a heavier grade of mylar than they began with. There were nochanges to the sail shape and dacron sails remain legal and some sailors prefer them and use them. However, most sailors now use mylar. At his club, which has a fleet of newish boats, the mylar mains seem to last about 18 months. He confirms the remarks made by Non Dom about the stability of the mylar cloth - until it collapses.
[Read the rest of this article...]