Having decided over last winter that it was time to put our trust in a new sailmaker, and following a really interesting chat with Adam, Richard and I started talking over things in more detail with a view to putting a full set of Moatt sails on our Mk IV Osprey in time for the first Open meeting of the new season.
Discussions with his material suppliers helped Richard source a really stable, yet lightweight, laminate fabric for the main and genoa.
Once the sails arrived there was no looking back. They were instantly quicker than our previous setup, with the main being an absolute powerhouse! Being able to change gear quickly for a variety of wind strengths was clearly going to be a big requirement with these sails, and we found ourselves adding calibration marks so we could carry extra rake in the breezy stuff. What we did notice was that the sails gave us instant feedback regarding settings, so being in the right mode at the right time was a doddle!
In our first proper event with the sails, we won the Open at Poole. In spite of a couple of horrible errors on our part, we had the speed to make awesome comebacks, and eventually win pretty comfortably.
Then on to the Nationals. Over a 10 race series, with a range of conditions, we always had great pace, and quickly started to record some ‘counters’, with a decent run of top 3 results. We went into the final day with a good chance of taking the title, but unfortunately the day didn’t go our way. We ended up 3rd overall, with the top 3 boats separated by 1 point.
Throughout the process, the Moatt team have been responsive and great to work with. Richard has been extremely supportive and available, and has thrown many ideas into the pot to help us maximise speed potential.
Everything about the Moatt experience has been positive for us. We have no hesitation in recommending their Osprey sails to any potential customers.