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The Un-coding of Spinnaker Coding

Mon, 30th Mar 2009
By Chuck Skewes

The Un-coding of Spinnaker Coding

You may have seen it or heard someone talking about it after the race.  Code 1A, Code 3S, what are they saying?  Is it secret?  What code are they talking?

It may sound like they are talking code but it is the spinnaker designation that has become a standard industry wide.  The code is easy to break and once you know it you will be able to completely comprehend the talk around the club.

The spinnaker designations are simple “A” means Asymmetric and “S” means Symmetrical.  The numbers signify the wind range and angle that they are built for.
Here is a table showing the spinnaker designation and the wind range for each.

Code  Wind Range

1A  Light Air Reaching Asymmetrical

2A   Light Air Running Asymmetrical

3A  Heavy Air Reaching Asymmetrical

4A  Heavy Air Running Asymmetrical

5A  Extreme Wind Asymmetrical

1S  Light Air Reaching Symmetrical

2S  Light Air Running Symmetrical

3S  Heavy Air Reaching Symmetrical

4S  Heavy Air Running Symmetrical

5S  Extreme Air Symmetrical

The Code 0 has become famous over the last 6 years is an Asymmetric spinnaker that works like a genoa.  Since it has a mid girth is more than 75% of the foot length it measures as a spinnaker but for all intensive purposes it is a genoa. It measuring as a spinnaker allows a boat to have more upwind light air sail area without taking a rating penalty since only the largest spinnaker is rated.  This works especial well on boats with a mast head spinnaker and that are fractionally rigged for headsails

This article was posted on Mon, 30th Mar 2009