Cutting edge sail technology

There are only few sailmakers in the world who are capable of making sails for the Olympics - we are proud of being one of them. And how's that possible for a smallish, Northern sail loft? Because we have invested heavily on R&D, technology and simulation.

To make your sail choice easier, we have identified the needs of the different sailors and created product lines that incorporate the essential technologies for each application.

Are you a racer? See our racing sails.

Is cruising your thing? Take a look at our cruising sails.

View more about technology and R&D on our video page, or our YouTube channel

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