SAIL Magazine 2019 Pittman Innovation Award Winner
Antal QR Quick Release Clutches
Who hasn’t just wanted to pop open a clutch on, say, a jib halyard or A-sail tack line and then let it run without having to first take the load off with a winch? Well, now you can with Antal’s exquisite new QR clutches.
Central to each clutch’s ability to safely release a line under maximum load is a proprietary locking system employing two opposing V-shaped wedges. This, in turn, creates a four-sided grip that provides a wide grip surface and results in less line wear, higher holding power and the ability to release a line without damage (as well as handle smaller lines sizes for the same clutch weight).
After the clutch handle is closed, the line will continue to run free until a small locking switch immediately above where the line tail exits the clutch is engaged, at which point the clutch’s locking system engages the line again.
Available from our online warehouse; SailForce and our retailer; TASKERS in South Fremantle, WA.
View the original SAIL magazine article.
Thank you to the judges Adam Cort, Matt Wise and Gerry Douglas.