icon_arrow_down icon_arrow_left icon_arrow_left_large icon_arrow_right icon_arrow_right_large icon_arrow_up icon_bullet_arrow icon_call icon_close icon_facebook icon_googleplus icon_grid_off icon_instagram icon_login icon_mail icon_menu icon_message icon_minus icon_pinterest icon_plus icon_quote_end icon_quote_start icon_refresh icon_search icon_tick_on icon_twitter icon_video_play icon_youtube

Sign up to our mailing list for the latest Boat International & Events news.


Missing your newsletter?

If you’ve unsubscribed by mistake and would like to continue to hear about the latest Boat International & Events news, update your preferences now and let us know which emails you’d like to receive.

No, thanks
Mides Design explains Aero Sail rig concept

Mides Design explains Aero Sail rig concept

Slovenian studio Mides Design has opened up about its patented Aero Sail concept, which promises a wide range of benefits for sailing superyachts.

The rig, which has been tested on a 5.4 metre prototype, could be scaled up for use on yachts up to 120 metres, the studio claims.

Instead of a traditional mast, the Aero Sail is built around an A-frame, which is then fitted with a rotating carbon boom mounted on a central pivot point.

Erik Šifrer, creative director of Mides Design, added: “The aim was to create a sail plan for medium to big boats with a beautiful aesthetic impact that is extremely easy to handle and easy to build.”

The benefits are numerous, with the carbon frame offering a more efficient transfer of forces into the hull, while the in-boom furling eliminates the need for shrouds, sheets, genoa tracks, blocks, winches or any other deck hardware.

As well as a 40% weight saving, this allows for much clearer deck spaces, opening up the possibility of helicopter operations on sailing superyachts over 56 metres.

Mides Design foresees benefits for superyacht interiors as well, as there is no need to design the GA around a central mast. The studio has also considered the Panamax air draught limitation, with its 70 metre ketch concept featuring a folding mast.

The next stage for the Aero Sail concept is a 19.2 metre yacht that is currently under construction. Whether this cutting edge sailing technology is embraced by the superyacht world remains to be seen.

Upgrade your account
Your account at BOAT International doesn't include a BOAT Pro subscription. Please subscribe to BOAT Pro in order to unlock this content.
Subscribe More about BOAT Pro