posted on January 01, 2011
I was involved in the beginnings of the spec for the proposed new rig. The intention from day one was for the new main to be available in BOTH materials - Dicks demo sail was in Dacron. Sailmakers are naturally keen on laminated NOT because of cost, but they don't last as long! Laminated 5o5 genoas last a REGATTA only!! I hope the dual option still is being offered.
Laminated Main would look "new" and "Modern" - we don't use cotton sails anymore so progress isn't a bad thing! It's also lighter aloft so helps lighter crews. It's also see through - making the Millars less of a hazard!! Dacron Main lasts longer, is a proven product and would be more forgiving.
Certainly the new genoa will be suitable for use with your existing main - giving some advantage without shelling out for a new suit straight away.
Let's all have a good look in Feb when the suits of sails are with us - and a year old at least!