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10/24/2012 - created by Chris Yates

The 2013 Racing Blade

Find out all about the brand new 2013 Racing Blade from Loftsails

Loftsails are extremely proud and excited to unveil their brand new Racing Blade 2013 model. Find out everything you need to know about their fantastic new sail below.

Racing Blade - Pure Competition - Speed&Slalom

4.9, 5.6, 6.3, 7.0, 7.8, 8.6, 9.2, 9.6

Loftsails Racing Blade designs enjoy a long history of competition success...

Spindler-designed Blades have claimed 3 absolute World Speed Records*, Speed sailing World Cup Championships in 2008&2009**, PWA Slalom victory in 2010** and 3rd in the men’s 2011 PWA Slalom for Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic / Different).

The new 2013 version of the Racing Blade design is designed and built specifically for ultra-competitive racing, slalom and speed.

Racing Blade 2013 include The Loft’s exclusive Internal Batten Tensioner System (ITS): The exclusive Racing Blade feature results in a lighter, smoother and more aerodynamically reactive leech. The ITS moves the tensioning assemblies forward, behind the mast, for improved rig inertia. 

Racing Blade designs are unique:

X-core upper body panels.

NEW!!! Leach Tuning System: A critical area of competitive slalom racing designs is the rig’s upper leech. This area is the rig’s exhaust, similar to the engine exhaust on racing cars and motorcycles. Loftsails LTS is two additional intermediate horizontal seams between the upper battens. These intermediates allow Racing Blade upper leech fine tuning, optimizing leech release. LTS makes the most of your exhaust by gently extracting power over the entire leech from clew to head. Feel the result on the water. Racing Blades are racing winning performace “out of the box”. Loftsails Exclusive!

-ITS Internal Batten Tensioning System: top 3 all-carb tube battens with the batten tensioners located at the front, behind the mast: weight optimization for extreme leech response.

-Internal Kevlar strip applications define shape profiles and maintain stability. Both vertical and horizontal (at cams) orientation. 

-Racing Blade mast pocket construction: mast panel and SUPERX mast pocket sides (3 layers) are tensioned directly (under eyelet); downhaul tension is equalized between the mast panel and the mast pocket, resulting in the Racing Blades’ firm, clean, easy-rotating leading edge. 

-Alternate side batten pocket applications with the xply pockets (centered battens).

-Sensitip head batten system.

-Teckams, simple, functional, light, adjustable and durable. SDM and RDM compatibilty. 4 Teckams packed with all Racing Blade sizes.

-Metallic cam interfaces.

-Racing Blade sizes 4.9-8.5, 7 battens plus sensitip. Racing Blade 9.5, 8 battens plus sensitip.

-All Racing Blades are engineered with “super tubes” 100% carbon battens in specific locations.

Here’s what Monty Spindler had to say about the new Racing Blade 2013:

“The work to develop our new race designs has produced fruit. Many generations were created, tested, modified and testes... The work produced new designs that will continue our rise on the race scene worldwide. Ben (Van Der Steen) and Joss (Ludovic Jossin (Patrik / Loft)) worked as a pair for our Racing Blade 2013 development, both are top ten PWA riders, which makes a perfect development cell. I had my chance to contracts directly our 2012 Racing Blade and the new 2013 earlier this week. The difference is clear...our 13s are lighter in the hands, easier in navigation, more stable with less tendency to tail-walk in the upper end and generally faster.”

Competition Time

Loftsails are also giving you the opportunity to win yourself a brand new 2013 Racing Blade 7.0m. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize is ‘like’ the Loftsails Facebook page and answer the following question correctly: Which year did Loft Sails launch their first Blade design? 2005, 2007 or 2009. Your answer must be entered here. Please check the contest guidelines to ensure you are entitled to the prize and good luck.

Please note the competition finishes on the 5th November 2013.

To see Loftsails new video unveiling the 2013 Racing Blade click here.

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