RS:X 8.5

The sail chosen for the Olympics must have a huge wind range of 3-30 knots, when used with the RS:X board. Great low-end performance should ensure that the board planes as soon as possible and provides good speed and acceleration in sub-planing conditions. While the sail should have a locked-in "high performance" feel, it should also feel softer for easier handling in light wind conditions.
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The sail chosen for the Olympics must have a huge wind range of 3-30 knots, when used with the RS:X board. Great low-end performance should ensure that the board planes as soon as possible and provides good speed and acceleration in sub-planing conditions. While the sail should have a locked-in "high performance" feel, it should also feel softer for easier handling in light wind conditions.

Yellow and Red metalized monofilm for UV Resistance

Using a process called Vacuum Metalization, the monofilm material now includes a metallic coating that greatly reduces the damaging effects of UV rays through reflection.

Full Kevlar™ tape leech reinforcement

As Kevlar™ provides ultimate strength to weight ratio for sail making fibers we chose to use fully woven, adhesive Kevlar™ tape around entire leech and foot parameter on 2010 sails. This tape stabilizes shape of leech and foot by preventing any stretch along these extreme parameter load lines. At the same time it provides perfect stitch holding and prevents sails ripping through. Since Kevlar™ is sensitive to UV we take care that any time we use Kevlar™ in the sail it is completely covered by other materials in order for it to keep its properties after years of use.

Multi position clew

Dacron as a tear resistant material in combination with film is used in different staggered layers to provide a stiff clew patch that helps distribute the outhaul tension over a larger area of the sail giving optimum performance and durability all while providing a clean look on and off the water.

Rubber Foot Piping

Protects the foot edge of the sail from wear caused by the non-skid on the deck of the board.

3D Moulded tack fairing

Completely encloses all pulleys and base elements. This helps protect the deck of the board from impact damage. Manufactured from heat moulded closed cell foam to offer maximum protection and minimal weight without water absorption. Includes an uphaul hole for a clean attachment of the uphaul rope. Neoprene front piece makes it easy to fold the tack fairing back when threading the downhaul rope through the sail's tack pulley.

Mast tip chafe protector and 3D moulded Head Fairing

Protects the top of the sail from abrasion damage. 
Also includes an easy de-rigging loop.

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Polyurethane (PU) moulded batten end chafe protector

Protects the ends of the batten pockets from abrasion damage when rigging and de-rigging.

Battens

Solid fiberglass batten front combined with hollow tube for lightness and profile.

Composite mini leech battens

Aerodynamic composite mini battens are sewn directly onto the upper sections of the sail for added stability and durability – without a significant increase in weight.

Triple roller tack fitting

A solid metal tack fitting of heavy duty construction. Three large nickel plated rollers offering minimal downhaul friction over an extended lifespan.

Sail toggle

All NeilPryde sails include an elastic loop and sail toggle system for keeping the sail rolled up during storage.

Reinforced Eyelet

Reinforced eyelet in the tack fairing provides a place to thread the adjustable down-haul line through to provide a clean finish and optimum function of the adjustable down-haul line.

Flexhead Configuration

A flexible head configuration with the use of a tube/rod component batten which allows the head of the sail to adjust dynamically to the wind by allowing twist along the horizontal and vertical axes. This dynamic twist helps to reduce drag in the head of the sail, therefore increasing top end speed and performance.

Cam Pressure Adjustment System

An innovative system using molded spacers that allow sailors to perfectly adjust the pressure on the cambers to fit their individual needs. Because not every sailor is the same size or needs the same amount of cam pressure, and because sails are not rigid structures and stretch throughout their life, this system allows the sailor to always have the perfect mast/sail tuning.

RS:X cam

Wide shouldered cams providing ample support area for superior leading edge development and draft stability combined with soft rotation.

Sail Specs

Size

Weight/kg

Luff

Boom

Base

Battens

Cams

Ideal Mast

8.5 5.45 519 233 cm max 30 7 2 492
9.5 6.1 552 262 cm max 32 7 2 520
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