Rolly Tasker Sails, Australian sailmaker since 1949 - Servicing Australia,NZ and the South Pacific

Code C


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. Its a universal reaching and running sail which is a mixture of a Code O and an Asymmetrical Spinnaker.

If you sail short-handed or are more of a cruiser than a racer then this is the sail you need!

Modern yachts tend to have short, non-overlapping or even self-tacking headsails. These are effective when sailing close-hauled upwind, however, when bearing off these small headsails become progressively less efficient requiring the sailor to then hoist an asymmetrical and then a symmetrical spinnaker.  Well not anymore with Rolly Taskers launch of the Code C!

 Code C – the perfect all-round sail for the cruising or short-handed sailor

 The name Code C stands for Cruising because this sail is so easy to handle being set flying with its own endless line furler.  Just hoist the rolled-up sail using your spinnaker halyard then unfurl when you are ready and off you go! The easy way to gybe this sail is to furl it, gybe the boat and unfurl on the new tack. In effect, this new sail is as easy to use as a genoa.

Hi Sam
Forgot to let you know how the code 55 went. It’s fantastic had it out the other weekend in about 7 to 9knots sailing at about 60 degrees and not even trying were doing around 6.5 knots. We were sail with a 11.6 sea wind cat and our Bavaria 33 cruiser with the code 55 left him for dead. He wasn’t happy but we were. Great investment.

- Colin Stone


The Rolly Tasker Sails Code C has no rating considerations to influence the sail design, hence it is optimised for cruising sailors over a wide range of wind angles and can be easily handled. 

The integrated, anti-torsion luff cable made from pre-stressed, large diameter Dyneema rope and the straight luff ensure that the sail is always furled evenly.

This enables the sail to be set flying on its own dedicated furler. This means great simplicity and security in setting and recovering the sail.  In this way, the sail can be furled with less effort and less wear and tear, extending its lifespan considerably.

Hoist the sail when furled and unfurl it whenever you are ready. And before lowering the sail, just furl it in again to recover it neatly and without any hassle. The luff design makes for an easy and clean furl.


The Code C sail is best used at wind angles between 70 and 155 degrees, from a shy reach to a broad reach and even further downwind. When using a spinnaker pole, the sail can even be used straight down-wind like a poled-out Genoa but with substantially more power.



The Code C is fabricated from high quality US spinnaker nylon in different weights according to size. It is available in 14 different sizes from 32 to 150 square metres with luff lengths varying in steps of 70 to 90 centimetres. Being pre-fabricated in a standard black-white-red colour scheme, this ensures  the best value for money for our customers however we can also produce the sail in a single colour of your choice. Please visit our online store for pricing.

Rolly Tasker’s range of pre-fabricated ‘stock sails’ offer exceptional value for money compared to one-design sails.   

While fast turn-around time from order to delivery is guaranteed, the major benefit is that there is a significant cost saving to the boat owner as being ‘stock sails’ with standard dimensions and finish, they only have to be designed once, materials can be pre-ordered in large volume and they can be made at a time when the sail loft is under low demand. 



The luff length is the deciding factor when choosing the right size Code C.  As a general rule, if you are going to fly the Code C just above the front pulpit, then the luff length should be about the same as your I measurement from the halyard exit point on the mast down to the deck.

For a more accurate measurement, raise a tape measure up on the Spinnaker halyard until it’s at the full hoist position and measure down to where you would like the tack of the Code C furler to be – we’ll call this measurement "A".  If you have a bow sprite, this would be to the end of the bow sprite.  If you don’t, it will most likely be to the top of the forward railing (pulpit).

As already noted, the size of the Code C is determined by the luff length. The luff length of the Code C should be measurement "A" less 600mm, or to the nearest size under.  This allows space for the endless line furler, stretch and mast clearance.

For example, if the A measurement is 14.00 then the luff should be 14.00 - 0.6 = 13.40.  In referring to the sizing chart below you will see that the correct sail to choose is our #6 with luff length of 13.25

If you have any doubt then just email us or give us a ring and we can determine the correct size for you.