‘Mikado’ has an enviable record on the Classic yacht racing scene, including a long string of successes in the Solent and victory in the recent Scottish Fife regatta. She also fits in a long season of cruising on both sides of the Channel, all of which means that a lot is asked of her sails.
Built in 1904 she has had a busy life.
The brief for her new mainsail eight years ago was that it should ‘look the part’ in keeping with her classic heritage, but with absolutely no compromise of performance. Every element of the cloth panel layout, corner reinforcements and other detailing speaks to this objective.
As these pictures show this sail has settled into its role beautifully and will give many more years of faithful service.
Since then a new ‘Solent’ jib and light running spinnaker have been added to her racing sail inventory, keeping the Batt Sails badge at the forefront of the UK Classic Yacht racing scene.