The 2020 Duotone flyer features the S_Pace in full size on its cover. Pierre Mortefon and Jordy Vonk fly with their 7.3 and 6.6 on Jags LTD over the Hawaiian waters. We were already very curious to feel the performance of this new „magic sail“.
The S_Pace is available in 7 different sizes from 6.0m up to 9.3m and can only be rigged on SDM masts. The performance oriented Freerace sail is available in one color combination and all sizes have 3 cambers. In 2019 it was still possible to choose between 2 or 3 cambers but this so-called switch cam function has been discontinued for 2020.
Both, the large mast pocket and the 7.3m sail catches our eyes immediately. The luff of the 7.3 sail seems to have a very balanced ratio of luff and boom length. 474cm in the luff and 211 in the boom is in our opinion a good ratio. The 460 cm long mast fits well and a 170+ or 180+ long boom is enough. The sail doesn’t require a longer boom like a 190+ or 200+ boom.
Our test sail was rigged with top components, the Platinum SDM 460 and the Platinum boom 170 – 230, which is said to have 20% more stiffness.
Hyper Cam 2.0
Already during the usual camber rotation test on the beach the three cams rotate really soft. The rotation is much easier than with the WARP. The 3 cams slip to the leeward side and the profile fills with wind.
With the Hyper Cam 2.0 a dream of Raoul Joa has came true, who together with Uli Bitterolf pushed this innovation. The cam goes back to a development of A.R.T. in the 90’s, which kind of failed. At that time the cam was called Robocam and was used in the 1997 TNT 5 racing sail. Actually, the plan was to launch the Hyper Cam 2.0 in 2019 but the development didn’t go that fast. A camber that can be adjusted in length on a rigged sail with the help of just a torx key can not be developed overnight. Also not in times of 3d printers and high tech computers.
If this new camber will also work as planned in long-term use, the Hyper Cam 2.0 would definitely be a camber-revolution. Tuning would be so much easier. Time will tell.
Raoul Joa introduces the new Duotone Hyper Cam 2.0
The total weight of the S_Pace 7.3 compared to the big brother WARP is clearly less. 600 grams are saved on the boom if you use the Platinum 170 + instead of the 190+, which only weighs 2.65 kg. The sail weighs 400 grams less than the WARP. But for the S_PACE in 8.8m and 9.3m you have to use a boom that can be extended to 250cm.