Reaching and downwind sails are available in a wide variety of designs, which in turn depend on the type of boat and type of sailing. Is it cruising with family or as a couple, in which case the focus would be on safe and easy handling as with our Code C sail on a roller or an asymmetrical spinnaker with a snuffer? Or is it racing with a full crew, in which case maximum performance is the obvious requirement. And as the design and cut of these sails vary, so does the fabrics that we make them of. Here is a closer look at the choices.
We use top quality, bullet-proof Spinnaker Nylons made by the leading sailcloth manufacturers such as Bainbridge, Contender Sailcloth and Challenge Sailcloth. The Spinnaker Nylon ‘FiberMax’ (made by Challenge Sailcloth) for example is a coated cruising spinnaker fabric. Used for spinnakers and, in heavier Nylon, our specially designed Code C sail. It will last much longer than dedicated racing cloth. Super Tenacity nylon fibers provide excellent breaking and tear strength and abrasion resistance. Very tight weave, dense constructions provides low stretch and high performance. Comes in a wide range of cloth weights from 44 gsm (grams per square metre) to 144 gsm, suitable for dinghies up to Superyachts.
BEST FOR CODE-TYPE REACHING SAILS
We make our Cruising Code 0 from a woven Polyester cloth (‘Code Teq’ made by Challenge Sailcloth) which is specifically designed for the new generation of asymmetric and reaching sails used on modern racing and cruising designs. Code-Tec uses high tenacity fibers and proprietary immersion coating chemistry to make a high performance but durable fabric which boasts low stretch, high tear strength and the ability to withstand repeated furls on modern roller furling storage systems. As it is more durable than laminated sails, it is best suited for cruising or club racing boats.
BEST FOR CODE ZERO SAILS
For high-performance racing yachts, we use sophisticated laminates that have a superior shape-holding quality for maximum power also at a tighter wind angle such as the CZ laminate by Dimension-Polyant or ‘Baltic’ Code Zero Laminate made by Challenge Sailcloth
Those laminates are engineered for overall weight reduction without sacrificing load capability and strength. Those ranges are designed with light weight taffetas, high tenacity aramid and polyester fibers, and superior films for high performance. The best material for high-performance racing Code 0 sails.