The short history of WB-Sails

Since founding WB-Sails in 1975, we have relied on technology, research and development to become one of the very few sailmakers in the world present at the Olympic level.

When it comes to the racing sailor, we have many firsts: we were among the first design our sails with a computer in 1979, the first to install a laser cutter in Europe in 1988, the first to implement a scientific approach and CFD in our design process, the first to develop a multi-axial Maxx-fabric for laminated sails, in co-operation with Contender.

At the same time, the cruising sailor has not been forgotten: we have developed products like the spinnaker socks, lazypack-sail covers and  radial-cut Dacron sails that outlast any other type of sails.

 

WB-Sails old logo

WB-Sails firsts

1979  One of the first sail lofts to use computers for design
1980 First Mylar sails in Finland
1983 First Kevlar sails in Finland
1985 A fullfledged 3D design software in Apple Mac
1986 First string reinforced load-path sails in Half-tonners
1988 First Laser cutter specifically for sailmaking in Europe 
1989 In-house VLM flow analysis software MacSail
1990 In-house VPP for performance evaluation, 5 years before IMS
1993  ShapePlot software for analysing MastCam video of sails, 3 years before anyone else
1994 First all Ultrabond-glued sails
1995  First windtunnel tests at Helsinki University of Technology to validate our flow codes
1995  First Carbon fibre Finn mast design in the world
1998 First CubenFiber sails in Europe
1999 CFD upgrade to panel codes
2003 The multi-axial Maxx-fabric with Contender
2005 CFD upgrade to Navier Stokes
2006 Ultrasonic bonding machine, no sewing
2007 DynaSim, dynamic simulation of sails
2011 CFD upgrade to LES, large eddy simulation