People have been talking more and more about wing sails these days. This technology can’t possibly make its transition into the cruising sailboat market, or can it? Yachting Monthly checks out the new Elan 37 equipped with the Omer Wing Sail. A wing shaped soft sail that can be doused, stowed, and even reefed.
It is not particularly pretty, no’r is it exceptionally ugly, it is just………different. It does however, seem to simplify the sailing process a good bit by utilizing an un-stayed, rotating, ‘A’ frame carbon fiber mast. There is no jib to tack so the boat can tack much quicker and easier. The end result, a higher performance sail plan, with less weight aloft, a higher pointing angle, and ease of sail handling. Of course, I would wait this technology out for a little while so that Omar can buff out any rough edges. Although it may not be time yet, this new development may hold some promise for the future of sailing after all.