Abraham, that is one funky sail, as if I have much room to talk. I like it. I get the cross. Is there any meaning behind the rest of the design/colors? Makes me think of the DaVinci Code.
Thanks for the kind words about the sail
At the risk of being disappointing the choice of colors and the pattern was arbitrary. When the decision was made to get new sails everyone in the family got a copy of the sail panel color template from HCat. My younger sister, the artistic one in the family, came up with the red cross pattern and everyone liked it. I liked it because it reminded me of a picture I had in my room as a kid of a Portuguese Man of War with big red crosses on the sails. The cross pattern was also a reaction against the plain white sails that typically show up at regattas.
The blue, white and purple are standard colors and panel layout. The red is a repair or something.
The sail is original as shipped from the factory. No repair work whatsoever.
The funkiness doesn't stop with the sail.
Needless to say the float has raised some eyebrows. At first I didn't like it for obvious reasons but I've become a believer. Typically I crew for my Dad but if he's unavailable I'm forced to sail with whoever I can find. That invariably means an inexperienced crew. One time in particular comes to mind. I went over heading down wind in rough conditions (20-25knts). A violent gust blew us over and I found myself underneath the main sail. By the time I got sorted out and swam around to help right the boat the crew had climbed up on the hull and had the righting line ready to go. We righted the boat without incident. Given the conditions without the float the boat probably would've turtled. An inexperienced crew, rough conditions and a turtle would've been a nightmare. Granted that was during a race and eventually a chase boat would've come to our aid. Afterwards we learned that so many people had gone over that day that the chase boat was overwhelmed and one of the boats that turtled started to drift out into the bay before the chase boat was able to provide assistance. Bottom line is that the float provides peace of mind in a wide range of conditions.
At the risk of hijacking the tread I've often wondered why HCat doesn't try and develop a competition grade float that mitigates performance concerns or quantify the performance penalty and provide float boats with a handicap.
Truth be told I've never been in a regatta where the float is what keep the boat out of contention.