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The sail designed for sailing safely and swiftly downwind.
By incorporating a paraglider-style wing and vents into the body of a spinnaker, the Parasail allows you to sail downwind with an unparalleled level of comfort, stability, efficiency, performance and control.
So simple to use that it can be flown easily by light or novice crews, and even single handers with no need for a pole or any additional deck equipment.
It is the ultimate downwind sail.
Note - unless it is specifically mentioned otherwise, any references to the Parasailor in the rest of this website applies equally to the Parasail (for example the 'FAQs' or 'How to fly it' pages).
Designed and engineered to the highest level.
The Parasail provides maximum performance, without sacrificing comfort or stability.
At sea, safety is always the number one priority.
The Parasail is both efficient with the wind, but also with your time.
The Parasail is much more than a one-trick pony, its design and construction allow it to operate in a wide range of conditions and be put to a large number of uses.
Each Parasail is bespoke and made to the highest quality.
The Parasail has been designed to be as user-friendly as possible.
The Parasailor is so easy to use that it can be flown with confidence when you're short-handed or even sailing on your own.
The inherent stability of the sail, means that less trimming is required to remain on your course and therefore less crew are needed to operate it. This is particularly useful when sailing at night, indeed some users have reported sailing it day and night for weeks at a time when crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
The Parasailor has become the downwind sail of choice for record-breaking yachtsman such as Jimmy Cornell (pictured below).
When you purchase a Parasailor, you're entitled to a day's training on your own boat free of charge.
Once you've taken delivery of your Parasailor a member of our expert team will visit you on your boat (at a time of your convenience) and walk you through every aspect of your Parasailor.
We'll go sailing with you and help you through every step of using this incredible sail, from setting your lines, to launching, flying, gybing and dowsing. We'll make sure you're completely comfortable with the Parasailor, whether you're sailing around the world, or just hopping along the coast.
And our service doesn't end there, as we're here to help at any time via telephone, e-mail or on this website. If you ever have any questions about your Parasailor then do not hesitate to....
Note - training is free for all UK based customers, some travel costs may apply for remote areas. Contact us to find out more.
The Parasail is a symmetrical spinnaker, that can be flown like a kite, or like an asymmetric. It has two unique design features that distinguish it from traditional spinnakers.
The wing and the vents work together to manage the air as it passes into and through the sail.
The wind is filling the Parasail and driving you forward (see slide 3).
Some of the wind is channelled through the sail and out through the vents. Any excessive gusts of wind (that would normally cause a spinnaker to broach) are spilled through the vents and harmlessly out to sea. This virtually eliminates broaching when sailing downwind.
Under normal conditions, the wind also flows above and below the surface of the wing, holding the wing open - giving the Parasail its distinctive shape. The wing is now acting like a soft batten, across the widest point of the sail, keeping it held open and providing stability.
It also helps to prevent the collapse of the Parasail in light or fluky airs.
The air filling the Parasail provides forward drive.
However, having the vents in the sail does not result in a reduction in performance (relative to conventional downwind sails).
This is because firstly, the Parasail is a very wide sail (relative to its height), so any reduction in sail area (due to the vents) is restored by the extra width of the design.
Secondly, the fabric is extremely light aeronautical-grade nylon, which requires less wind strength to gain the same performance of conventional downwind sails.
The air is managed as it passes through the wing to increase performance and efficiency....
The air filling the Parasail is accelerated through the vents and passes above and below the surface of the wing.
The shape of the wing creates fast moving air (low pressure) above the wing, and slow moving air (high pressure) below.
This generates lift, in a very similar fashion to that of an aircraft wing.
As it acts on the bow, it has the effect of slightly raising your bow in the water, making you more efficient when sailing downwind.
The drive of the Parasail, combined by the lifting effect of its wing and vents, results in a resulting force shown by the arrow (left).
Traditional downwind sails push the bow of your vessel into the sea and therefore increasing the water resistance working against you. This reduces your efficiency and slows you down, as your sail has to overcome increased resistance in order to drive you forward.
By lifting the bow, the Parasail reduces the resistance of the water and enables you to sail more efficiently.
Furthermore, the impact of the sea state (waves and swell) are lessened, reducing pitch and roll and giving you a more comfortable sail downwind.
The Parasail and Parasailor are very similar sails, designed around the same principle of using a wing and vents cut into a spinnaker, to improve downwind sailing.
Whilst they both do the same job, the Parasail and Parasailor have subtle differences (primarily in the design of the wing) which may suit different craft and different types of sailing.
The Parasailor has a wide flat wing that contains a large number of air pockets, which inflate when in use. This sail provides the highest level of stability and generates the most lift under normal conditions.
The Parasail has a shorter wing with a more pronounced curve. It has a single skin with no air pockets, but holds its shape by managing the airflow over its surfaces. As the wing is lighter than the Parasailor, it offers a better performance in lighter airs and for smaller craft.