In 2018, when the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) introduced ratings for boats carrying Large Roach Headsails (LRH), some sailors thought the sails were unnecessary. A year later, consensus is building among sailors that the ORR made a good move. The LRH sails, also known as tweeners, are so good that jib tops and some Code Zeros are being left on the dock.

“A tweener can turn a white-knuckle reach into a fun sail,” says Al Declerq of Doyle Sails Detroit. “And it can sail surprisingly fast at deeper angles than expected. In 10 years, every boat will have one. Read on.