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Rooster 8.1 Rig Complete

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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® 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 isreduced to almost zero. Leech flutter in between battens is eliminated. The Bi-radial construction contributes to increased cloth stability and so makingthe sail easier to control its power. The large window also helps withvisibility 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® but is not an original Laser® Product. It is a Rooster Sailing Product!

Purchase of a Rooster8.1 rig includes the sail, battens (NOTE: Batten colour may vary & are a non-tapered construction) and a mast extender. Lower Mast sections can be self made if they conform to the Rooster 8.1 class measurement diagram.

Please note that you will need to fit the extender to a Standard Lower Mast.

Laser® is a registered trademark owned by Velum Limited and currently licensed for use in Europe to Laser Performance (Europe) Limited. Rooster Sailing Limited is fully independent of both Laser Performance (Europe) Limited and Velum Limited.

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  • Adrian Falk, Gavle, 31 July 2011
    Sorry for my dodgy grammar, I'm Swedish First of all, I would like to thank Roostersailing for giving me the chance to make Laser sailing fun and better! Im over 200lbs and this sail makes me go out for full hike in 8 knots of wind. Great to see that the leech is made out of mylar or similar, if the whole sail was made out of mylar we wouldn't be able to get this sail at this price... It makes the Laser go faster in all directions but it is a bit different to trim compared to the standard, it answers to cunningham better, outhaul trim works great but thanks to the mylar it is a bit different than the standard. Rudderloads is like on an standard I would say. This sail is easier to control than the standard!!! Only thing I miss would be a full batten at the top or/and a bit more square head so that you can twist the top more and open (depower) a bit more, this only if the rudderload would'nt be critical, that would make me rate it 5/5. And the sail is cut so that you have to crank the vang real hard, don't know what to say about that really... But it surely is the only (fairly documented) good alternative if you want a better sail than the standard, but you got to have muscels so to speak. I almost forgot, it is fast and it is a real blast in 15 knots, a real blast!!!
  • Tim Long, Abersoch, 03 September 2010
    I picked up a Laser at the right price and decided to do some rec sailing with it, but having piled on the pounds since last lasering some 12 years ago I found myself not making the progress I thought I should be. Some research later and I stumbled across the Rooster 8.1 and made an order. Within 4 hours of receiving the rig I was on the water and although the breeze was light I was making excellent progress. I'll be out in some increasing breeze over the coming weeks and am hoping to learn the rig properly. It's a very different setup to the standard Laser rig and the tuning guide on the Class Assoc page is very good. So if like me you've enjoyed a decade or so of Pie related fun but still fancy sailing a Laser....this is the answer! Oh and the service from the Rooster people was excellent and the sail is well made too!