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Said it before, will again, the wing sails of the AC world will make their way down the pyramid and end up on dinghies in the near future, as boats increase in speed development from soft sails is inevitable, likely also joined with foils, flying systems (i.e. developments on the 'wand' ) and steering systems.

I'd like to see more effort go into environmentally conscious development given the cr@p we are all in if we don't change our ways ... metals masts can, I guess be recycled, but FRP/GRP isn't very friendly so maybe some kind of second wind for wood construction? but that needs last-for-a-thousand-years glues??
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I wonder what the relative lifetime environmental impact of wood and plastic boats is, given repainting, microplastic from sanding back paint, etc etc.

Wing sails were of course developed in small boats, notably the C Class catamarans, long before they were seen in the AC, but the spectacular inconvenience of off the water handling is a killer. A C class regatta demands covered storage for every boat, including enough space for rigs to be demounted and stored under cover out of the wind. Given a fleet of 30 or 40 boats that's a very sizable requirement in space and expense hiring marquees.
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One day, the sun will eventually expand to become a red giant and will swallow pretty much the entire solar system, so it'll all be pretty academic.
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I would have thought, that at a dinghy size, a wing-sail could not be constructed so the solid pieces slotted together and a fabric or film covering was pulled over the top and tensioned, avoiding the need for a solid-construction wing to be stored flat somewhere which I accept would take up a ton of room and be awkward, to say the least, for a fleet of boats
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