the Kenwood Cup
Photo Daniel Forster
The new No.1. The standards in spinnaker fabrics have just been
re-defined. AIM combines unprecedented strength, performance and
quality from the sailcloth company you can trust, Bainbridge International.
about usability. Sailors and Sailmakers have long recognised the
performance benefits of lighter weight spinnakers, but have had to pay
the price in terms of reduced strength and poor shape retention.
Essentially this excluded the majority of sailors from using the latest
AIRX is different.
The design brief was to develop fabrics of comparable weight but ground
breaking performance. Fabrics that would allow Grand Prix sailors
to use lighter sails higher up the wind range, cruising sailors to have
spinnakers that would last longer and club racers to use lightweight sails
that are far less likely to blow out or tear.
weaving and finishing technology has been utilised in an exhaustive development
program. First, new and unique constructions were designed by Bainbridge
fabric engineers. High quality nylon yarns were then selected for
weaving on state of the art looms. Finally, a new process was developed
to provide a water repellent, zero porosity, stable and durable finish.
to comparable weight products, all AIRX fabric features class leading
strength and performance. So whatever the type of sailing you enjoy
and whatever it is you are looking for from your spinnaker, lighter weight,
better stability or greater strength, AIRX will make you a better sail.
A new performance envelope has been opened for the sailor and Sailmaker
to explore. So outstanding is the performance and strength of the
lightest AIRX fabrics, the rule book on the use of generic 0.4oz spinnakers
has been thrown away.
on AIRX-500N will allow Grand Prix sailors to carry generic 0.4oz spinnakers
higher up the wind range and will give confidence to many Club Racers,
that they too can exploit the benefits of ultra lightweight spinnakers.
With performance and strength that shames many generic 0.75oz products,
AIRX-600N is ideal for medium wind range spinnakers despite being classed
as a generic O.5oz.
Insisting on AIRX-600N provides O.5oz performance in reaching spinnakers
and running sails capable of withstanding unprecedented wind strengths.
As a generic 0.75oz product, AIRX-700N sets new standards in a market
that demands excellence in a variety of applications, from Grand Prix
racers looking for ultimate performance, to cruising sailors expecting
outstanding durability. AIRX-700N delivers both, in class leading
More strength, less stretch and unrivalled quality provide you with higher
performance, more durable and better value spinnakers. That's the
ultra water repellent, zero porosity finish
leading warp and fill performance
true finished weight of sailcloth is measured in grams/m2 or Sailmakers
ounces/yard. More often sailmakers
and sailors quote a generic weight such as 0.7Soz. Historically
this is derived from the cloth weight before it goes through a finishing
process. Nowadays it is used to describe a generic group of similar
finished weight products and does not actually correspond to a specific
cloth weight. In practice the variation from the lightest to the
heaviest product in a generic weight group makes almost no difference
to performance. If your class rules define a minimum weight your
sailmaker will know the precise finished weight of all AIRX products.