June 21th, 2007
Tornados at Kiel Week Flex®: the material of future world champions
Based on their reputation as high speed machines, Tornados are considered the “Formula 1 of sailing” in the Olympic classes. Sailcloth for Tornado sails not only needs to be fast but also needs to be robust to handle the high loads. Flex® Pen Race sailcloth is in demand for Tornado sails as shown by the top German team “Jojo” Polgar and Florian Spaltenholz, who won at Kiel Week.
The crosscut square-top mainsail, designed by the Italian sail designer Pablo Soldano of Ullman Sails, contributed to Polgar Spaltenholz becoming the top ranking German crew and second in the world rankings. Other Tornado crews using Flex® sailcloth have produced podium finishes as well, including 2nd and 3rd in the 2007 World Championships.