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


A headsail is essentially any sail set forward of the foremost mast. The most common types of headsails that are set on a forestay are jibs (do not overlap aft of the mast), genoas and staysails. The key considerations in choosing your new headsail are cloth type and weight; sail cut – cross-cut or tri-radial; sail size and whether or not it will be mounted on a furler and requiring UV protection.

Only the best design, sail cloth, hardware and finish


David Seychell

The RFG – Sail I fitted last week however the breeze was fairly light and this weekend proved for perfect weather!
I am so far very impressed with the build quality of the sail, the stich, shape and size are all on que being a very professional job.
I am very impressed with the Roller Tasker build quality and would recommend to anyone at this point. The Graphics have also come up an absolute treat for scale and size, for a 100% satisfied customer.

Adrian Smith

May 2022

Even if Rolly didn't have a website....his Team have all the answers!

The team at Rolly tasker are into the biz of sail making and understand the quote process and are really helpful with all stages.

I pay for Rolly tasker because I know the sails work.

Just all round good customer service.

The quality and value are leading top shelf selection and that makes the value.

Tony Wade

April 2022

I just wanted to let you know that I took the boat out today and everything not only looks great but performed fabulously.  Thanks for your advice, friendly, prompt service and excellent products.


All the best,

Offshore Spec - Tri-radial Cut Contender CXD Pro

Offshore Spec - Tri-radial Cut Contender CXD Pro

Offshore Spec - Cross-cut Dacron

Performance - Tri-radial CArbon Mini Transat Headsail

Premium Offshore - Cross-cut Dacron

CDX Pro - Cool Grey

Premium Offshore - Cross-cut

Performance - Carbon Tape Drive

Performance - Lite Skin

Offshore Spec - Tri-radial Newport Pro Radial Dacron

Sail Size

The factors that will influence the size of the headsail that you require are boat design, intended purpose and existing sail wardrobe. Many modern yachts are now placing their mast further aft thus enabling larger, non-overlapping headsails that can be easily tacked. Older more traditional rig designs with their masts set more forward, often use larger overlapping headsails.

The terminology used is usually expressed as a percentage of the luff perpendicular to the "J" measurement, or how much overlap you have. Common sizes are 90%, 100%, 125%, 150% and so on. The larger the sail the more power but equally it can be harder to manage in strong breezes. Typically, as the sail gets smaller the cloth weight increases.

Furling Sails - UV Protection

If your headsail is mounted on a furler, then it is recommended that you have UV installed on the leech and foot so that when the sail is furled only the UV is exposed thus protecting your valuable sail from the degradation effects of the sun. Unlike many other sail makers who just install a second layer of Dacron fabric, at Rolly Tasker Sails Australia we only use premium Sunbrella UV protection.

Blue water cruising sails for a circumnavigation of the world

Coloured sails built to our Premium Offshore Specification for world cruising

Performance - Radial Cut Carbon Mini Transit Sails

Performance Dimension Polyant Lite Skin

Premium Offshore Construction Cross-cut Dacron

Offshore Spec - Radial Dacron