Starting in his garage, he launched a sailmaking revolution that is still going strong over 50 years later.
The traditional method of sail construction is to stitch or glue together flat 2-dimensional segments (panels) of woven or laminated material to form the sail. Using a method called broad seaming, the edges of the panels are given curvature so that when the assembled sail is pressurized by wind, it will assume a specified flying shape. In essence, 2D segments have been assembled to emulate a 3D form. This is how sails have been made for hundreds of years and how all 2D sails are still made today.
A more modern method of shaping a sail is to thermo-form it on a full-sized 3-dimensional mold in the precise flying shape it will assume when sailing. The resulting sail will have smooth, compound curvature in all directions and sail loads will be distributed more efficiently. Only North 3D sails (3DL® or 3Di) are manufactured on full-sized 3-dimensional molds using a patented process.
North Sails has pioneered almost every advance in modern sailmaking, and our list of technical achievements is unrivaled. Advances developed in premier events such as the Americas Cup and Volvo Ocean Race make their way into each and every North Sail we make. From sail design aided by the worlds most advanced software to the worlds most experienced sales force, North Sails will help your team realize its maximum potential.
V-Series Spinnakers are developed using Norths Virtual Wind Tunnel, the first software to successfully model downwind, and deliver more power with less drag than any other spinnaker series in the world. A broad range of asymmetric and symmetric designs are available to match your boat and racing style.
The same relentless competitive spirit that has driven North to dominate sailboat racing worldwide is also present in the support we give every one of our customers. We are committed to not only providing you with the worlds fastest sails, we also do everything we can to help your team achieve its goals.
North Sails has helped power more sailing teams to victory than any sailmaker in history. We have no plans on slowing down.
Helping sailors understand who won and why through photo and video analysis
North Sails is committed to helping sailors optimize their performance. Our team of highly trained sailing performance analysts will be at over 20 events in 2015 to provide free, hands-on coaching by offering outside eyes designed to improve speed and performance. The Regatta Services program includes on-the-water coaching followed by performance analysis debriefs. All sailors are invited to attend the post racing sessions where teams can break down the days action. North U. Regatta Services, a free program provided by North Sails at select events, is an opportunity for all competitors to up their game and improve their performance.
"We use North Sails on both our J/70 and J/105. On a personal level, after more than 20 years of racing, I can honestly say I've never learned more about sail trim and rig set-up than I have with the North Sails Client Services team at various regattas over the past few months. Their on-the-water guidance combined with post-race debriefing, while frequently humbling, is a great benefit to their customers and unique among sailmakers..."
J/105 - Java - USA 674
J/70 - Jungleland - USA 26