Asym Spinnaker

Asym Spinnaker

A fusion between technology developed in the short handed round-the-world events and the best of race winning asymmetric sail design. This allows you to sail downwind from 80 degrees down to around 170 degrees with no need for a pole.

A design that is full of performance and yet easy to trim and easy on the boat.

Asymmetric spinakers have given a great deal of fun and speed to all sorts of boats. They heel the boat less, and are more efficient, especially at tighter wind angles. Gybing is easier, and although the boat slows a little more than with a spinnaker gybe, it can be done with less crew.

Early examples of asymmetrics were difficult to trim and could be a little unstable, this has been eliminated on all Elvstrøm asymmetrics.

On many courses the gennaker is just as effective as a traditional spinnaker, and on open courses it gives you much more speed than a genoa.

It handles like a genoa – and heavy spinnaker poles are not necessary.

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  • Elvstrøm Sails 1A Gennaker

    The A1 is a sail for lighter winds and for when you are sailing higher angles. Typically you are forced to heat the boat up and sail angles between 100-135° TWA in wind speeds between 4 and 9 knots. You may also be on a leg in an offshore race that gives you these true wind angles. In 4-10 knots of TWS you will benefit from the A1 with its narrow top angle and the reduced mid girth. The sail simply drives the boat forward better at those angles.
    Size factor: 78% of A2.

    Comment by Jesper Bank

    • Material
      Nylon
    • Layout Trioptimal
    • TWS 4-12kn
  • Elvstrøm Sails 2A Gennaker

    The A2 is your full size running gennaker. It has max girths and a large head-angle. It is the largest and most powerful sail in your inventory.
    It is still made of a light material which gives the sail a wide range for its use. TWA from 130- 165° at 10/11 –20 knots TWS. The geometry and design of this sail will allow you to sail close to the same angles as you would with a symmetric sail.
    Size factor: 100%
    Comment by Jesper Bank

    • Material
      Nylon
    • Layout Trioptimal
    • TWS 4-24kn
  • Elvstrøm Sails 3A Gennaker

    The A3 is your reaching sail. It is a sail made in stronger material. It is intended for angles between 100-135° TWA when the pressure is up between 10-18 TWS. The size of the sail is greatly reduced from the A2 to allow the sail to be sheeted on for the tight angles without having return in the mainsail. One can argue that the A3 would be a possible alternative to the Code 0 in cases, where you do not want to take the hit on the rating using a Code 0.
    Size factor: 85% of A2
    Comment by Jesper Bank

    • Material
      Nylon
    • Layout Trioptimal
    • TWS 10-24kn
  • Elvstrøm Sails 4A Gennaker

    The A4 is your “full size” heavy weather runner. It is intended for use on the angles you are seeing, when you are sending your boat on a breezy downwind leg. You will typically see angles between 140-165° TWA and wind speeds from 17-26 when on this sail.
    Size factor: 96% of A2
    Comment by Jesper Bank

    • Material
      Nylon
    • Layout Trioptimal
    • TWS 15-35kn
  • Elvstrøm Sails 5A Gennaker

    The A5 is your fractional sail. It is for use in gale force winds. It will give you more freedom in steering your boat in steep waves and it will keep the bow nicely out of the water because of the fractional halyard position. Your heaviest and smallest gennaker in your inventory. Because of the reduced size you can get to higher angles with this sail than with the full size sail. You will be able to use it from 125-160° TWA at 15-30 TWS.
    Size factor: 70 % of A2
    Comment by Jesper Bank

    • Material
      Nylon
    • Layout Trioptimal
    • TWS 15-40kn