DESIGN RESOURCES

No other sailmaker can match the experience and resources of the North design team...

• 65 sail designers representing over 350 years of combined experience

• 5 full-time software engineers dedicated purely to the development of our sail design software

• 28 years of leadership in computerized sail design.

A legacy of leadership...

• North was the first sailmaker to perform computerized structural analysis in sails.

• North was the first sailmaker to analyze upwind sail shapes with computer air flow simulations

• North was the first sailmaker to implement 3-dimensional computer modeling.

• North was the first sailmaker to develop and use an integrated suite of sail design software

• North was the first sailmaker to develop and use computer aided laser sail panel cutting, dramatically improving accuracy and consistency in sail production.

• North was the first sailmaker to test downwind sails using a “twisted flow” wind tunnel, which simulates differences in apparent wind speed and apparent wind angle between deck level and the upper part of the rig.

• North was the first sailmaker to develop an accurate wind flow modeling software for analysis
of downwind sails. Virtual Wind Tunnel accurately analyzes stress, strain and wind flow at 100% scale.