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ROLLY TASKER SAILS AUSTRALIA
Choosing your new sails is an important decision and a significant financial investment. Differences in sail design, material, cloth weight and options all affect cost, durability and performance. Whether you are a club racer seeking top performance under all conditions, a day sailor with an eye on value for money, or an offshore cruiser looking for durability, Rolly Tasker Sails Australia can provide you with the right solution.
Our coastal cruising and racing experience is extensive and includes almost 100 offshore races as far afield as Hobart, Lord Howe Island and the Solomon Islands plus two Americas' Cup campaigns, the Volvo Round World Ocean Race, Farr 40 Worlds, 18 Foot Skiff Worlds and the latest SuperFoilers. Our results are equally impressive, including victory in the 2013 Americas Cup and runner up in 2017 aboard Oracle Team USA, line honours and handicap wins in the Sydney to Hobart on 'Quest' and 'Wild Oats' plus over 10 Australian and World sailing titles.
Sail design and manufacture
At Rolly Tasker Sails we use 3D modeling design software to ensure optimum sail shape and performance. Your sails are made using the latest laser cutting and construction techniques and then hand finished - the best of both worlds.
We use the finest cloth, premium hardware, extra stitching and reinforcement throughout and, for offshore sails, a superb hand-sewn leather finish that results in a sail well suited for circumnavigation or serious club racing. Naturally, all of our sails come standard with leech lines and clam cleats, large radial corners, reef patches, tell tales, flo-stripes and extra-large sail bags.
We manufacture our sails from a variety of high quality sail fabrics sourced from the world’s finest suppliers including Bainbridge, Contender, Dimension-Polyant and Challenge. Among our most common cloths are Premium US Dacron and Nylon, Marblehead, Warp Drive and Newport Pro Radial Dacron, Kevlar, Mylar and Spectra.
For durability, longevity and performance in Australian conditions, our sails are constructed to either of two specifications, “Premium Offshore” and “Coastal Cruising”.
- Individual CAD Sail design
- Crosscut or Tri-radial cut
- Premium US Dacron/Nylon or Laminate sail cloth
- Seams three rows zig-zag stitching with UV stabilised thread
- Stainless steel rings reinforced with webbing and leather over webbing
- Hand sewn leather reinforcements on wear points
- Extra heavy radial patches
- Extra large or double tapes with a min of 2 stitching rows
- Heavy duty batten pockets with Velcro lock or tie in type
- Alloy headboards and webbed / shackled on luff hardware
- Low stretch leech line with Clam Cleat
- Two draft stripes for visual reference of draft position
- Full rows of tell-tales
- Extra large sail bag
- Individual CAD Sail design
- Crosscut High Modulus Premium US Dacron sail cloth
- Seams two rows with UV stabilised thread
- Pressed rings with webbing
- Heavy radial patches
- Strong batten pockets and tapes with double row stitching
- Nylon glass reinforced headboards
- Leech line with Clam Cleat
- One draft stripe for visual reference of draft position
- Full rows of Tell-tales
- Large sail bag
Crosscut sails are a great cost-effective option for the cruiser or day sailor when ultimate performance is not essential. Essentially, they are constructed from 2-dimensional panels of woven or laminated material stitched together to form the sail. Using a method called broad seaming, the edges of the panels are given curvature so that when the assembled sail is pressurised by the wind, it assumes an efficient sailing shape. In essence, 2D segments have been assembled to emulate a 3D form.
Tri-radial Cut Sails
Tri-radial cut sails are ideal when ultimate sail shape and performance matters. Tri-radial design simply means the corner panels in the sail are cut to radiate from the attachment points of clew, tack and head. This allows numerous panels to be aligned vertically with the luff and leech, and horizontally with the foot. The great benefit in this design is to allow stronger, heavier panels of cloth to be placed in the higher stress areas of the leech and foot, and lighter weight panels to be placed in lower stress areas near the luff and center of the sail, resulting in a sail that will hold its designed shape longer.
Woven Dacron Sailcloth
Dacron sails are selected by the majority of our clients who choose from our range of premium Dacrons such as Performance Cruise and High Modulus Dacrons for their all-around strength and good value. When longevity is the main concern, Dacron is the cloth of choice as it is resistant to most types of wear that a sail experiences during its lifetime. Dacron sails also have excellent UV resistance, they are virtually unaffected by bending and folding forces, and are resistant to chafe which is convenient when it comes to overlapping headsails.
Laminated sails are often chosen by the sailor looking for peak performance with less concern for cost or life expectancy. As the fibres buried between the laminates are virtually uncrimped (not woven in and out), there’s little or no initial stretch in taking up the crimp. Secondly the fibres used are less stretchy than the base fibres used in a polyester product. Thirdly, the fibres are aligned more accurately with the loads in the sail in a tri-radial or, ultimately, a membrane construction. We stock a range of cruising and racing laminates.