SailKote™ Plus: Benefits for Racers

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Good As New!

Jeff Andersen, Sailmaking Supply Systems

"Here we have an example of a before and after look at a normal sail that came in with a mildew problem, and after we cleaned it with our Vacu Wash system it looked as good as new. This sail is a perfect candidate for our Mclube Sailkote PLUS professional application as a coating of Sailkote PLUS will protect any such sail for a minimum of 6 years, even under the worst of conditions."

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Chris Larson + McLube = wins!

Chris Larson, 2009 Melges 24 World Champion
Melges 24

"McLube Hullkote on the hull, and McLube Sailkote PLUS on the spinnakers is the winning combo in the Melges 24 class.

We seemed to have very good speed in all conditions both upwind and downwind."

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Sail Hoists Like a Dream!

Andy Ash-Vie, Coupe de lEntente Cordiale, French Nationals, Cowes Classic Week
International 6 Metre

"We used to struggle with the massive spinnakers on our International 6Metre dragging them around a huge genoa. So we had our new kite coated with McLube&rquot;s Sail Kote.

What a difference!

The kite hoisted and dropped like a dream. Slick mark roundings certainly helped us win 4 out 5 regattas this year."

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Chris Larson: Sailkote makes the difference!

Chris Larson, 2009 Melges 24 World Champion
Melges 24

"McLube SailKote worked great on our mainsail battens.

We sprayed both the battens and batten pockets in order to help them pop through on each and every tack and jybe.

There is a difference."

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We Sailkoted our spinnakers and what a difference!

James Spithill, America’s Cup Helm and World Champion
Melges 24

"We won the 2005 Melges 24 Worlds because we trained hard, sailed well, and we were very prepared.

One of the advantages we and our training partner, Dave Ullman, enjoyed was that we had all of our racing spinnakers Sailkoted with McLube so they would not absorb any water, would set and gybe much smoother and easier, and fly much lighter even in the wet conditions. Needless to say, I was quite impressed with the results."

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Chris Larson uses SailkotePlus

Chris Larson, 2009 Melges 24 World Champion
Melges 24

"Wet, misty and cool conditions seemed to further increase the added advantage of Sailkoting our spinnakers.

The Sailkote PLUS made for faster sets, much smoother gybes, and we always knew we had the lightest possible spinnaker flying in those conditions due to greatly reduced water absorption, thanks to the ultra-hydrophobic nature of the Sailkote PLUS coating on our spinnakers."

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Sailkoting our spinnaker is boathandling gold!

Anthony Kotoun, Olympian and multi-class national champion

"Coating our Olympic 49er spinnaker with McLube Sailkote is simply boathandling gold. By Sailkoting our kite we can hoist sooner and faster, gybe smoother easier, and take down later all thanks to McLube Sailkote.

The advantage Sailkoting our spinnaker gives us is undeniable. We don't have the resources to have new sails all the time, so when one of our kites gets a little tired we spray a light coating of Sailkote on it, and it brings it back to life again. The Sailkote definitely helps to protect the resin in the sail cloth, and greatly minimized wear and tear...literally."

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Huge Advantage!!!

Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, runner up 2008 Dragon Gold Cup and winner of the Nations Cup

"I'm very impressed with the Sailkote PLUS application sprayed on our racing spinnakers by Dolphin Sails in the UK.

I've been racing Dragons for decades and as soon as the freshly Sailkoted spinnaker was being hoisted for the first time, I realized the value in doing this.

The kite is now SO slippery, that it slides right out of the launcher tube, even when it is wet!

Amazingly, even when it goes up wet, the water drops literally run right off the sail and the sail is immediately dry and light once again.

It's also a huge advantage when it's time to drop the spinnaker back into the tube. We only have to pull about 50% as hard to pull the spinnaker down now, and this greatly reduced friction also seems to eliminate mishaps at the leeward mark takedowns as well. Thank you Dolphin Sails, and thank you McLube!"

Key Benefits for Racers

  • MILDEW PROTECTION - Virtually eliminates the chances of mildew attack
  • REDUCED WEAR - Less friction and chafing
  • GENOA SAIL SETTING - Genoas tack more easily.
  • SPINNAKER SAIL SETTING - Spinnakers are easier to hoist and lower.
  • TELL TALES - These will fly more easily as they wont stick to the sail.
  • CLEANER AND DRYER SAILS - Repels water. Dirt resistant.
  • PROVEN TRACK RECORD - Tried and tested on thousands of sails

Racing Sails

SAILKOTE Plus prevents mildew growth. Nobody wants ugly mildew on their sails, whether you race OR cruise.

Less porosity and less water absorption on spinnakers. SAILKOTE Plus can decrease the porosity (less wind blows through the sail) of a nylon sail. This is particularly effective with older sails that you are trying to breathe new life into, as it will decrease the water absorption as well. Spinnakers that get wet during take-downs will dry much faster, keeping them lighter and faster.

Better spinnaker handling. Sailkoted spinnakers and asymmetricals are easier to raise and lower. In addition, asymmetrics are easier to gybe, due to less friction as the sail rides over itself during a gybe.

Genoas tack more easily. Sailkoted genoas will glide across the rigging and mast during tacks much more easily and sustain less spreader damage than un-koted sails. You should also consider spraying the lower rigging and mast as well. Telltales fly more freely, especially when sails are wet (or have you just been pinching all this time?).

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