June 2017 : Add-Modules at the French Pavilion Nor-Shipping 2017 in Oslo. International event in the naval industry.
May 2017 : the Bamboo-boat spreads a Wing in the Gulf of Morbihan
March 2017 : The Soft Wing Add-Modules – Technique Voile on Open 750: furled on the boom hoisted and inflated.
2016 : Add-Modules Soft Wing in International Grand Pavois Boat Show and Nautic 2016 in Paris
Vidéo : Bretagne Info Nautisme
Add-Modules semi-rigid wing sails to go with the new practice of sailing which goes faster and flies on foils !
The Add-Modules solution is a 3D solution which uses a fabric sail as a support. The wing is designed by your sail-designer : a fabric sail and and thick modules applied on each face of the sail.
Sailor on the circut Mini-Transat since 1998, Antoine Debled started to work on semi-rigid wing sails in 2006. He then tries out a solution based on a 2D concept: 2 sails are hoisted and spread apart; the whole is considered as thick. Antoine Debled sails with this solution in 2007 and travels 2500 miles in race but considers that, even if he feels great sensations , the system bears with difficulty medium to strong wind conditions.
In 2009 he reluctantly uses a flexible classic sail on the Mini Transat La Rochelle – Salvador de Bahia. It is between the Cape Verde Islands and Brazil, where the sailors are isolated, that he find the inspiration which will give birth to the current Add-Modules solution : The easiest is to equip a fabric sail to obtain a thick profile.
Since 2010, Antoine Debled has been testing this solution which he considers now achieved and in phase of pre-production. This solution is protected by two patents.