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The Rooster 8.1 is a new rig, designed and manufactured by Rooster Sailing, that is compatible with a standard Laser® / ILCA hull. Together they form a new class of boat called the Rooster 8.1 which currently has a RYA handicap (2019) of 1051.
This rig delivers an amazing performance that would suit anyone over 90Kg.
The Rooster 8.1 sail is constructed with long life and performance in mind. In addition to 4oz Dacron cloth in the main body, the leech is constructed of Mylar, as this is where the highest loads occur. This means that permanent leech stretch is reduced to almost zero. Leech flutter in between battens is eliminated. The Bi-radial construction contributes to increased cloth stability and so making the sail easier to control its power. The large window also helps with visibility when racing. Mainsheet loads are slightly less than the Standard rig, and vang loads are slightly higher. The rig is more like a Jaguar than a Porsche, which means you get a steady power delivery upwind. Its downwind performance is amazing once you are past the beam and planing is easy in most conditions. Rudder loads are reduced too.
The Rooster 8.1 is compatible with Laser® ILCA but is not an original Laser® /ILCA Product. It is a Rooster Sailing Product!
Purchase of a Rooster 8.1 rig includes the sail, battens (NOTE: Batten colour may vary & are a tapered construction) BUT does not include the mast extender (available separately).
Please note that you will need to fit the mast extender to a Standard Lower Mast.