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Ad for October 1998
Whether it's highly competitive one-design
racing or crossing the Bay with his family, Steve Wonner enjoys sailing - pure and simple. And Uno, his
cat rigged Wyliecat 30, is just that.
In last month's NOOD regatta, with only one
sail to trim, and none to change, Steve and his crew focused on boat speed and the tactics. And their
expert trim and tactics paid off. Uno became the first Wyliecat class champion, in tight competition
in the newly formed seven-boat fleet.
Cat boats rigs and unstayed masts make for
a simple sailplan. But while the rig is simple, the mainsail is not. The freestanding carbon mast tapers
toward the top, bending and spilling the wind as the breeze builds, effec-tively depowering the sail
-- a sail shaped to respond to those changes in the mast.
Uno's Pineapple Sail is just one more example
of our commitment to sail development: designing and building the right sail for the job. The simple
cat rig dictates a complex mainsail.