SHADOW & THE OCTOPUS
Comar Yachts' Shadow was the first yacht to have been fitted with Stratis Sail Art sails. The 100’ yacht, launched in 2011, was fitted with membranes made in Doyle New Zealand’s Stratis plant, complete with photo-quality octopus.
Moving away from the traditional technique of painting directly onto sail, Doyle Sails New Zealand’s team printed onto the Stratis sail surfaces to create two octopi stretching down each sail on each side. That printing process meant detail, form and subtle nuances were transferred to the sail with unerring accuracy, making for the most detailed sail art to date.
The mosaic-like print has layers of colour, shapes and overlaid details which bring the two octopi to life as the sail fills. Despite the layers of detail, the end result is noticeably lighter than the sail would be if the image was created using the traditional approach of layering paint by hand; something which can add 10- 15kgs to a sail.