Spinlock, the award-winning designers and manufacturers of rope-holding equipment and personal safety products for water users, are set to launch a new development in personal watersports protection: the Aero Pro flotation vest.
Launching at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, this new product has been specifically designed to meet the demands of crews sailing high agility dinghies and multihulls and the design evolved thanks to Spinlock's technical partnership with Land Rover BAR, Great Britain's America's Cup challengers.
Spinlock created the T2 vest for Sir Ben Ainslie's sailing team and due to its state-of-the-art design and materials used has been heralded as the most technologically advanced life jacket.
The design of the Aero Pro utilises these developments made and along with the T2, aerodynamic testing was undertaken in controlled conditions at the MIRA wind tunnel. These tests produced positive results in Aero Pro's shape, finish and fitting; thus improving crew members' resistance to wind and water friction.
Spinlock deckware designer Bernard Hartigan explains: "Our development of the flotation vest for Sir Ben Ainslie and his team led us to the conclusion that there was a gap in the market for sailors who require a streamlined buoyancy aid integrated into a vest.
“The Aero Pro offers the highest levels of protection in the event of an accident, but is uniquely designed to give the minimum impact on crew and boat performance."
How it works
The Aero Pro is a body profiled 50N flotation vest that utilises the latest durable high stretch woven fabrics. It is close fitting to the body, ensuring a clean and ergonomic shape. The robust fabrics in key wear areas give protection where needed and the close fitting neck collar, sleeves and over length waist gaiter helps to reduce wind and water resistance to ensure it is as aerodynamically efficient as possible.
Spinlock CEO Chris Hill comments: "We are excited to launch the new Aero Pro vest at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show as it offers a real alternative to bulky flotation devices that can potentially reduce performance on the water. Spinlock are continually striving to develop products that offer those on the water the best possible experience, both in performance and safety. This approach carries across into all parts of sailing and to our entire product range."
Introducing Spinlock Rig-Sense
Also launching at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show is a new rig tuning tool and App that allows sailors to capture, share and export data to aid performance on the water.
Spinlock's Rig-Sense is a rig-tuning tool developed for consistent and repeatable measurement of loads and is now available in two models for 2-5mm and 5-8mm wire and fibre. Compact, durable, lightweight and easy to handle you can quickly and reliably take your readings to compare and adjust against base settings before heading out on the water.
Designed for wire and fibre cable, Rig-Sense accurately displays rig loads on a clear, simple and durable display, ensuring teams can tune their rig with confidence.
The free Rig-Sense App, available for both iOS and Android, allows users to work efficiently with their gauge, storing and managing the data on smart phones and tablets. Custom templates can be used to compile data, including images, for a range of boats or classes and differing race conditions, that can then be exported for later analysis.
The Aero Pro and Rig-Sense App will both be officially launched at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show on 4th-5th March at Alexandra Palace, London.
Beat the queues
Advance tickets are available at a special discount rate of £10.00 for RYA members and £12:50 for non-members. RYA affiliated clubs can also take advantage of a special ticket price of £10 when booking ten tickets or more. Don’t forget two children go free with each paying adult as well.
To find out what’s in store at this years’ show and to buy your tickets visit www.dinghyshow.org.uk or by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 858 9069.
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