Sails away

Dunia Baru

Dunia Baru offers guests the ultimate luxurious holiday – and there are so many factors that we consider and take care of to ensure that this is the case. Every. Single. Charter.

Our crew are exceptional and go above and beyond what’s expected of them to ensure an unforgettable experience; the locations we sail to are phenomenal and we take pride in finding locations that really are special; and of course we ensure that our vessel is absolutely top condition.

That’s why this week we took three of Dunia Baru’s sails in for a service. The superyacht is currently in Phuket, en route to Myanmar, and so this allowed us the perfect opportunity to take the sails back to the place where they were made: Rolly Tasker Sails. Tasker, one of the world’s leading sailmakers for offshore cruising sails, is based on Phuket, where they operate the largest purpose-built, state of the art sail loft in the world.

As well as being in Phuket for the time being, we also have Captain Mike onboard. Mike Johnson, a naval architect, was intricately involved in the evolution of Dunia Baru and, based on the yacht’s rigging (which he designed) and performance needs, he designed the super yacht’s seven sails. Over the past few weeks and on our voyage from Indonesia, Captain Mike has been looking closely at the performance of our yacht, and so when we took the sails in to Tasker for routine maintenance, he spent time with the sailmakers discussing the sails’ performance finding a way to optimise their design.

Dunia Baru sail

When the sails were initially designed, Tasker’s design department used cutting-edge 3D-modelling sail-design software to construct all of the sails with optimum shape and performance.

Dunia Baru's sails

Next, the individual sail plans were laid out to ensure minimal waste, and to ensure that the weave of the fabric is cut in a way that works with the strength of the bias.

sail for a superyacht

A machine then plotted the cutting lines, and from there the sails were created by skilled sailmakers on the floor of the sail loft.

superyacht sail

This week Captain Mike and the Tasker team spent some time looking at Dunia Baru’s sails in the sail loft. Where required, the sails will be repaired and reinforced at the contact points where there is wear, and to enhance the yacht’s performance in typical sailing conditions.

sails on Dunia Baru

Something else they’ll be working on: we found that the gaff mizzen, which is square in shape, had too much slack in its leech. If improperly adjusted the leading (forward) part of the sail, which is closest to the wind, will flap. This is called “luffing”, and the luff is the part that luffs first. The aft (trailing) part of a sail is where the wind exits and when the sail is adjusted properly, the wind will cling to the aft edge like a leech.

In our case, even when this sail was adjusted properly there was still some flapping, which meant that the shape wasn’t optimal, and so to counteract the “flapping”, the team has decided to cut and rework the leech, giving it a slight concave curve and to add three sail battens. This, says Captain Mike, should greatly improve its sail and set.

It will take a few weeks to work on the maintenance and adjustments, but soon our iconic back-coloured sails will be returned on board to be bent on, and then we look forward to watching Dunia Baru fly.

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