3Di Powered Vento Solare is Making the Most of Their Summer Sailing
Bill Kneller is passionate about getting on the water. For the past 17 years, he has been working hard to optimize his sailing programs and working closely with his sail experts and designers at North Sails in Portsmouth, RI to make sure he’s got the right sails for the job and the right set up to help him achieve his sailing goals. 3Di has played a role in his local sailing success onboard his J/109, providing him with a competitive sail plan, which has helped his team of sailing friends perform at their full potential. From weeknight PHRF racing on Narragansett Bay to weekend regattas in the New England area, Vento Solare is a familiar face on the race course, battling in the top of the fleet in all conditions she’s up against.
We caught up with Bill and the team at the dock just after they finished the (Jamestown) Around the Island Race, hosted by Conanicut Yacht Club, to find out what this program is all about. Vento Solare took 17th out of 78 in one of the largest and competitive PHRF events in Newport, RI. He introduced us to his team, explained what positions they fill on the boat, and how they’ve built a great relationship with their skipper and friend –which is what this program is all about. Hear more about Bill’s corinthian team, Vento Solare, why he loves sailing, and how his local North Sails network has been supporting his programs over the years, helping him reach his goals and be successful on the water doing what he loves most.
From us at North Sails, we want to wish Bill and the team the best of luck in the remainder of the 2020 season!
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NORTH SAILS RENEWS INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP WITH CAPE 31 CLASS
World’s Leading Sailmaker continues its support of the Fast Growing, Owner Driver One Design Class
North Sails is proud to have worked closely with the Cape 31 Class since launching the first boat in 2017, developing the optimal sail wardrobe for One Design and IRC racing. The Cape 31 is a high-performance grand prix design, asymmetric boat designed by internationally renowned yacht designer Mark Mills. The boat has proven itself as an exhilarating one design boat that planes downwind in over 13 knots and rates well under multiple rating systems, making it attractive to many sailors.
The Cape 31 Class began racing beneath Table Mountain in Cape Town, SA but has taken the global sailing scene by storm in the last two years. With over 30 boats racing in the UK and several heading to the US, the Mediterranean, and Hong Kong, there are now worldwide class calendars forming for 2023 and beyond.
David Lenz, North Sails designer, notes;
“It’s awesome to have been involved with the Cape 31 class in the UK since the start. Picking up from the excellent work done in Cape Town, we had a great starting point for the sail designs. Since then, as with any new class, there has been tremendous progress as we work to understand what makes these boats go fast and how to use our technology, experience, and passion to produce the fastest sails in the fleet.”
David Lenz is not only a Cape 31 designer but has also been very successful racing in the class, including winning the 2022 Race Circuit overall on Russel Paters’ Squirt. Additionally, the class is filled with North Sails designers and experts, which results in theories being tested firsthand with developments and advancements being made weekly.
Commenting on the partnership, Tor Tomlinson Cheney, of Cape 31 Class, shares;
“North Sails has worked closely with the class since its inception and has been a major factor in the success of the class in the UK. Their support is invaluable, and we are pleased to extend our partnership with North Sails to an International level.”
The North Sails Cape 31 inventory is fully optimised for handicap and one design class racing and consists of one all-purpose 3Di Raw Carbon Square Top Mainsail and three 3Di Raw Helix Jibs. All 3Di sails have carbon leech battens and come ready to race. Downwind there are four spinnakers which all use a string drop system: an A1, A2, and A4 for running, plus an A3 for reaching.
As the class expands globally, North Sails is working to ensure that the best sail package can be provided to teams worldwide. Get in touch with North Sails expert Ben Saxton, Cape 31 class leader at North Sails, to learn more about the class and available sail options.