The sea and the world of the regatta are our inspiration. Avel & Men uses the language of sailing and the maritime world; to help familiarise you with this, we provide below some explanations of the key terms…

Sail numbering and class insignia

The markings on a sail are of great significance! Each class of boat has a specific insignia, a logo which appears at the top of the mainsail. The sail number is the unique identifier for a boat in a race; at the finishing line the organiser takes down that number in the finishing order. There are several methods of determining numbering. For certain series, like the 420, the sail number corresponds to the production number of the boat. In other cases, the number is assigned by the boat’s owner. National codes indicate the country of origin of the boat.

As the ultimate refinement, certain classes permit a world champion to bear as a special distinction the insignia of the class in gold colour. That exists for example in the prestigious Star series.

In the photo on the left, the red stars at the top of the sail indicate that these are boats in the Star series. The boat on the left is German, that on the right Ukrainian. They are racing at full speed against each other, upwind, in the Kieler Woche.

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Measurement and handicaps for racing boats

In the world of the regatta, the measurement is the defined value to which a boat must conform within a particular class. When boats from different classes are to race, the measurement of a boat is used to calculate an individual coefficient to calculate a handicap rating.

For Avel & Men products, we use the same concept: the measurement of an individual product defines its conformity with our strict quality requirements.

Here on the right, mainsail measurement in Barbados...

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Technical ropes - dyneema

These technical ropes revolutionise the art of rigging. Light, very rigid, easy to loop, they are gradually replacing the technical metallic cables. On dinghies, for instance, they can often be seen used as cables for the trapeze. For us, at Avel & Men, it was obvious that these exotic fibres should be used for the handles of our products.

Here, on this dinghy in the picture, the headstay and cunningham jib are made of technical rope.

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The carbon fibre

Carbon fibre is particularly valued by sailors for its lightness, its strength and rigidity. Used for the manufacture of hulls, it allows the boat to be lighter and to dedicate more weight to the keel, which increases the stiffness under sail. It lightens the rig and thus lowers the centre of gravity. The use of carbon in our Avel & Men collection of products demonstrates our admiration for it: a fusion of technical practicality and grandeur in appearance. We are inspired by the image of a high-tech carbon mast on a traditional teak deck.

On the picture we illustrate a carbon mast of a j70 class boat.

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Pressure maps featured in our linings

You probably noticed the pattern of the inside lining of our products. It represents the pressure maps included in maritime weather charts. Sailors need more than simple pictograms to describe the weather, they want to fully capture the situation and be able to anticipate weather changes which will impact their strategy for the regatta. For us it was self-evident that these pressure charts would feature in our product design.

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Textile shackles featured in our key holders

These replace the traditional metallic shackles used on boats. More resistant, lighter, less aggressive in their impact on the deck, they very quickly became the ideal choice for sailors.

Avel & Men’s first key holder is made from this material!

Ici, un équipier pris en flagrant délit de détournement de porte-clés Avel & Men pour amarrer une écoute de foc.

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