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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).

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Features and benefits

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  • High performance

    High performance

     

    Designed and engineered to the highest level.

    The Parasail provides maximum performance, without sacrificing comfort or stability.

     

    • The wing and vents lift your bow in the water, reducing resistance in the water and increasing your speed.
    • Made from aeronautical-grade fabric, the Parasail is light enough to fly in gentle breezes but strong enough to perform brilliantly when the wind gets up.
    • Unlike a traditional downwind sail (e.g. Spinnaker, Cruising Chute, Asymmetric etc.), the Parasail can sail directly downwind with almost no chance of broaching.  So you can sail on the course you want, rather than the course your sail wants to take you.
    • Parasail has been approved for racing by the Rating Office of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (R.O.R.C.), however if you have any doubts please contact your own race organiser.
  • Safety and comfort

    Safety and comfort

     

    At sea, safety is always the number one priority.

     

    • Any excessive gusts of wind - which would normally cause rolling, pitching, even a broach - are spilled harmlessly through the vents of the Parasail, which acts as a safety valve.
    • The inflating wing also provides stability by automatically trimming the sail to an optimum position.
  • Efficiency

    Efficiency

     

    The Parasail is both efficient with the wind, but also with your time.

     

    • The wing and vents of the Parasail, provide an excellent amount of drive - relative to the strength of the wind.
    • The benefits of this can be seen particularly in light winds.


     

    • The Parasail is also efficient with your time, as it requires far less fuss, equipment and crew to deploy it.
    • Traditional downwind sails are notoriously difficult to handle, and require not only additional deck furniture to stabilise them (e.g. spinnaker poles), but also constant trimming and a watchful eye to keep them working efficiently.
    • The Parasail is largely self-setting, with the wing helping to keep the sail open, and only occasional minor inputs from the crew are necessary to sail efficiently on course.
    • With the Parasail you can achieve truly fantastic wind angles, in some cases up to 60 degrees apparent.
  • Versatility

    Versatility

     

    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.

     

    • The Parasail's light (yet strong) fabric allows it to be deployed in light airs, allowing you to sail when others are motoring.
    • As well as this, the sails strong (yet light) fabric - coupled with the safety valves - helps it stand up to stronger winds than other traditional spinnakers and foresails.
    • The wind angles the Parasail can achieve (from a dead run up to 60 degrees) allow you flexibility with your course without changing sails.
  • Quality

    Quality

     

    Each Parasail is bespoke and made to the highest quality.

     

    • They are constructed from 35gsm aeronautical-grade nylon fabric (increasing to 65gsm for sails larger than m2), which is not only strong and light but has been engineered to give significantly higher UV protection than other sail cloth.
    • The wing of the Parasail is made by hand and can take scores of man-hours to construct.
    • The control lines of the Easysnuffer, was well as the guide lines for the wing are made from 10 mm Ø (minimum) line that is both comfortable and ergonomic.
  • No need for a pole

    No need for a pole

     

    • Unlike a traditional spinnaker, the Parasail does not require any booming-out pole.
    • The wing provides such a high level of stability, that a pole is simply superfluous.
    • The benefits of not having a pole, are particularly felt when launching and dowsing the sail - as you only need to worry about the sail, and not a long, heavy and unwieldy pole too.
    • Of course - the Parasail is fully compatible with a spinnaker pole if you choose to use one - however it is certainly not essential.
  • Simple to use

    Simple to use

     

    The Parasail has been designed to be as user-friendly as possible.

     

    • The sail's edges and clews are colour coded red and green (port and starboard) to ensure that the Parasail cannot be launched the wrong-way round.  The same applies to the edges of the Easysnuffer and the cruising bag.

    • The Parasail can be launched straight from the bag with the Easysnuffer.  The sheets and guys take only a few moments to set and you don't need any additional equipment to use it (such as a pole).

    • The Parasail is so stable and forgiving that it can be flown confidently by light or novice crews (and even solo sailors).  It requires far less input from the crew (adjusting the sheets and guys) than a spinnaker and is able to cope with wind shifts and gusts without you having to change course or broach.
  • Perfect for light crews and solo sailors

    Perfect for light crews and solo sailors

     

    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).

  • Training included

    Training included

     

    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.

Spot the difference

 

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.

 

 

Parasailor

 

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.

 

 

Parasail

 

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.

Decisions, decisions....

 

  • Every Parasail is made to order and available in a range of different colours and designs.

  • There are 9 standard Parasail designs to choose from (see below).

  • Want to personalise your Parasail even more?

    No problem!  We can change the colour of any panel in your sail and add a custom design or logo as well.

    Note -  Modifications to the design of a Parasail may incur an additional cost and increase the time to manufacture your sail.  To find out more, please get in touch.
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