THE MOST VERSATILE OFF-WIND CRUISING SAIL
The most versatile off-wind cruising sail for all boats
The unique Code C sail developed by Rolly Tasker Sails is our universal cruising sail for all courses lower than actually beating close-hauled upwind. C stands for cruising. The Code Zero sail, made famous by Grand Prix racing yachts, is just that: A pure racing sail for power upwind and reaching. And being a racing sail, the Code 0 is also defined by rating rules. Typically, the mid-girth length of the Code 0, the distance from luff to leech at 50 percent height of the luff, will be at least 75 percent of the length of the foot of the sail. Because then, the sail is rated as a spinnaker and will incur no rating penalties. This however makes the Code 0 into a sail for a very narrow band of wind angles.
Optimised design unrestricted by rating rules
The Rolly Tasker Sails Code C is very different to this. No rating considerations have influenced the sail design. The design is optimized for the best use for cruising sailors in a wide range of wind angles. And also to be easily handled. This is achieved through the straight luff with the integrated anti-torsion luff rope. This design enables the sail to be set flying on its own, dedicated furler. Which means great simplicity and security in setting and recovering the sail. Hoist the sail when furled and unfurl whenever you are ready. And before lowering the sail, just furl it again the recover it neatly and without any hassle. The luff design makes for an easy and clean furl.
For which courses off the wind?
The sail is best used at wind angles between 65 and 135 degrees, from a shy reach to a board reach and even further downwind. When using a spinnaker pole, the sail can even be utilized straight down-wind. Like a poled-out Genoa but with substantially more power.
Pre-fabricated for best value
The Code C sail is fabricated from spinnaker nylon in different weights according to size. The sail is available in 14 different sizes from 32 to 150 square metres (344 to 1614 square feet) with luff lengths varying in steps of 70 to 90 centimetres (2,3 to 2,95 feet). At Rolly Tasker Sails, we are committed to always delivering the best value for money to our customers. The Code C sail is pre-fabricated “Prêt-à-porter” in a standard black-white-red colour scheme. This allows us to offer the sail at a sensational price which might even recoup the cost of the extra furler when compared to a custom-made sail.
Choose your sail
The correct luff length depends on how you will be setting your Code C: From a short bowsprit, in which case the luff length will be a little bit longer, or from the foredeck, inside the pulpit. In that case the tack of the sail will ideally be just clear and above of the pulpit, making the luff a bit shorter than if setting the sail from a bowsprit.
The height of your mast above deck gives a good indication for the right luff length of your Code C sail. If set from deck, the luff length should be about the same as the mast height above deck. If, however, set from a bowsprit, add the extra length to this measurement.
It is of course more precise to measure the luff length by hoisting a measuring tape with the spinnaker halyard and taking the bottom end to the position where the tack of the Code C sail should later be. Just deduct the required measurement of the furler drum and top swivel plus some stretch, which is usually about 60 centimetres.
For example: If the max luff measurement is 14 metres, the luff should be 13.40 metres – or the nearest size under. Referring to the table below, you will see that in this case the correct size of the sail would be No. 6 with a luff length of 13.25 metres.
For the ultimate ease of handling the Code C sail, use a roller furling system. On this, the sail can be set furled and then unfurled at your convenience and without any stress. We recommend the “Sveggen” furler, manufactured in France with care and passion by true yachtsmen and offered at a very competitive price.