There is only one!
The world's first successful stand inside wing skate sail, as far as I know. Collector/Museum piece?
160 km/h Speed Wing
Course racing wing skate sail - very decorative.
Custom made 10 cm high sailing ice skates.
|The sail area of this sail is only 2.5 sqm,
or half of an ordinary
course racing wing. The top speed of a course racing wing is
to some 120 km/h, 75 mph. The top speed is restricted by the
feeling quite unsafe being thrown violently left or right by
because the sail area is far too large.
With half the sail area this speed sail should not reach
the same conditions
until the speed is some 1.44 larger (square root of 2,
because wind forces
increase as the square of the speed of the wind) or at
some 170 km/h, 106
|When sailed at lower speed, e.g. 100 km/h, 60 mph, the
ride is expected
to be relatively smooth even in the gusty winds we have
The sail is made of thick polyester sail cloth with horizontal aluminum ribs. It is held taught by vertical aluminum struts. Its width is tailor made for a quite thin person like me 70 kg, 155 lb., 185 cm, (6 ft 6 inch ?). The width can be altered relatively easy by removing and reshaping ribs.
The height of the sail is 2.6 m, sail area 2.95 sqm, reef able to height 2.1 m, sail area 2.5 sqm.
It has a window of poly carbonate, 30 cm high, in the leading edge, starting 144 cm from the bottom. If you are to short for this with skates on the window can be lowered by cutting off a bit at the bottom of the wing.
|The sail has a vertical stabilizer on a boom.
The stabilizer is steered with a handle in front of the
For transport and storage it folds into a some 2 x .4 x .5 m package. weight around 10 kg, 22 lb..
At the time of writing, January 1998, the sail has not
yet been sailed.
But I expect to soon gather enough information on its
handling and performance
qualities to be prepared to part with it and possibly
build a successor.
Price some 2900 US$
|This wing sail is an
extraordinary design as its transparent front
section is so large that the whole sailor is visible. The
forward ribs also adds to the impression.
It is a light air sail as its sail area is large, some 5.5 sqm, and it is lightly built.
|Recently I started to convert it into a strong air sail by folding in part of the trailing edge cloth and reshaping, fattening, the streamline shape of the battens. For proper functioning maybe a vertical stabilizer must be added. The sail can easily be converted to its original shape and size.|| With its extra ordinary
design the sail is most suitable for display
The wing is good ly as new condition. Cloth is
light polyester sail
Price some 3900 US$.
|This is the first wing sail which competed in a Swedish National Championships. It is probably also the world's first successful wing skate sail.||It is made of polyester sail cloth with horizontal ribs of aluminum tubes (missing, quite easy to replace). It has a stabilizer. In the picture it is fully reefed down. It has two reefs. It has been sailed a lot an is in quite good condition.||Dimensions when not reefed:
Bottom cord 2.3 m. Top cord 1.3 m. Height 3.15. Areas:
5.5/4.2/3.6 sqm. Weight complete some 12 kg.
Builder Anders Ansar.
Price some 5900 US$
|When unrigged this sail
transforms into a roll some 1.7 m long and with a diameter
of .4 m.
The sail has been used. But since then the aluminum ribs that gave it its shape has been removed.
The sail have approximate these dimensions: Projected area 5.3 sqm, 4.7 sqm reefed. Height 2.55 m, reef able to 2.25 m. Bottom cord 2.55 m. Top cord 1.95 m. Leading edge vertical. Trailing edge straight.
Window of thin poly carbonate .55 m high and starting 1.35
m from bottom.
The material is mylar on polyester sail cloth. It is in good condition but not like new. It has its number, 167, marked on both sides with big figures.
Price for the finished sail cloth some 600 US$.
|What needs to be added to again
make it a complete sail is:
||Builder, me, Anders Ansar.
I can, time permitting, make the sail complete for some 1400 US$. Bringing the price for the complete sail to some 2000 US$.
|Height 10 cm. Length 53 cm. Runner of stainless 1.5 mm
stiffened at lower edge with two 2 x 2 cm L-shaped aluminum
Foot plate of black anodized extruded aluminum.
Used, but almost in condition as new.
|In the lower part of the picture is a side view of one of
No bindings. Mount skate or ski bindings or fasten with
bolts and nuts
through sole of alpine ski boot.
Price 290 US$.
|The best tactical compass for sail boats? You see the wind shifts directly on the compass! No figures to read, write or compare. Can it get simpler?||The position of the white pointer directly shows where the direction of the wind is between best lift and worst header.|
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