Code zero: Choose your angle

Your ultimate guide to reaching sails

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Choose your angle with Quantum's specialty line of high-performing, versatile, and easy to use downwind reaching sails.

To help clear up this somewhat confusing category, Quantum developed its line of reaching, code sails around the target Apparent Wind Angles (AWA). After all, this is how we actually sail! Scroll down to learn more about reaching sails and their important role in your inventory.


We made it easy to find the right reaching sail with our new line developed around target Apparent Wind Angles (AWA).

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Code Zero & AWA Trim Guide

Technique and guidance on tension, twing placement, trimming and driving to maximize your experience and elevate the performance of your AWA sails.


Quantum's XC reaching sails have more luff projection to weather and more twist (five to 10 degrees) compared to traditional reaching sails and other cable-less designs on the market.

The superior performance is a result of a straighter, more stable leech and a flatter exit, both contributing to an increase in drive in all conditions but not overpowering the boat in heavy-air reaching. And because there is less surplus material along the leech, there is less backwinding of the mainsail, which creates less drag when sailing close to the wind.

Quantum’s XC structured luff technology and designs are great for reaching applications like the AWA 40, 60, and 80, and are available in membrane or tri-radial construction to meet the needs of any sailor.

Diagram comparing traditional code zero to the new Quantum Code Zero XC

Trimming the Code Zero

In lighter air, you can ease the luff off a bit to sail at tighter angles. In the middle of the range, you pull the luff a bit tighter to keep sail setting as designed. As it gets windier and you sail wider angles, you can ease it up again to maximize drive and projection.

For Optimal Trim

  1. Looser in the luff to sail tight angles and light air
  2. Tighter in the luff in the middle working range of the sail
  3. Then ease it again in stronger and wider AWAS