Wing Sail

Wing Sail

Wing Sail

Among the great solutions provided by Beneteau over the last few years to make sailing simpler and more affordable, a new one is in the making. Undergoing prototyping and tests since summer 2013, the wing sail rig is being talked about a great deal and could begin a new era in sailing.


Beneteau has committed itself to in-depth reflection on the development of the sailing yacht for new generations of sailors as much as for people from countries in which sailing is a growing culture. Many innovations have already been born from the Boat of the Future programme.

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Boat of the Future

The new hard-chined hulls of the Sense range, now also used on the Oceanis sailing yachts have considerably reduced heeling and enabled a complete review of the interior and exterior fittings’ ergonomics. In search of new pleasures, the general public were quickly won over by the increased comfort on board and safety.

Dock&Go, which synchronizes a rotating saildrive pod and bow thruster, the exclusive solution offered by Beneteau for four years now, takes away the stress of manoeuvring in the harbour. A child could now come alongside a pontoon with a 50-footer, no matter the wind or current.

Always looking towards simplification, the many recent developments make sailing itself more accessible. The integration of GPS, educational software or automatic assistance with some manoeuvres, now makes things easier for new sailors and considerably alleviates the physical efforts of the crew.
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Infused with the same philosophy, and starting from scratch, the ‘Wing Sail’ under study mobilizes significant human and technical resources. Without bias, the developers, led by Bruno Belmont, BENETEAU Group’s Sailing Yacht Strategy Manager, set themselves the task of perfecting a sail that greatly would simplify its use
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Decisive Meeting

Lateen or ‘crab claw’ sail, junk, kite or wing sail rig, the boatyard developers began by observing and analysing existing research on the different forms of wind propulsion. Often ingenious, the work available endeavours more to optimize performance than to simplify use, while the goal of the Beneteau project is to simplify propulsion as much as possible while providing similar performance.

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Noticed in 2001, before his departure, a meeting with Guy Beaup, a clever ‘Gyro Gearloose’ from the region of Grenoble, took place in the summer of 2012 and marked a decisive stage in the progress of Beneteau’s choices. “When I need something – before asking where I can buy it, I look at how I could make it”, says the man if you ask him where his many inventions come from.

Turning the absence of a sailing background, which could be considered a shortcoming into an ingenious strength, led him to tackle each question without any preconceived ideas. The result of this reflection, the wing sail of his Matin Bleu, stood up to its promise of a simple and strong method of propulsion. When he returned from a 60,000 mile circumnavigation, the family adventure entered the world of major innovations in the sailing industry.

Beneteau immediately joined forces with Guy Beaup and began the development and prototyping stages. A partnership with Incidences Sails completed the design team of the wing sail project.
The Sense 43, the youngest member of the most recent range of sailing yachts designed by Beneteau was the natural choice for the first tests. The size was sufficient for the strain to be significant and the boat matched its philosophy with the rig development in progress.  The first outings made last September were extremely encouraging, but an innovation of this scale will still require long months of tests, performance comparisons and boat plan development before mass production can be considered. The objective now ahead of us is to be able to equip certain sailing yachts of the Beneteau ranges within 18 to 24 months.
With this project spurred on to gently bring newcomers to the joys of sailing, Beneteau continues to innovate and bring the sea within reach of a broad public – the vocation that has guided its development for 130 years.

Beneteau immediately joined forces with Guy Beaup and began the development and prototyping stages.