“The Accessibility Award is brand new, given this year for the first time,” commented Sally Helme, Group Publisher for Yachting, Cruising World, and Sailing World, who presents the awards on behalf of Newport for New Products.
“We introduced this award to celebrate new products that open up sailing to more people, make it easier for sailors of all levels, or let them spend more time on the water. The new Easy Furling Gennaker makes a traditionally difficult task on a boat easier for short-handed crews. We think it’s a special award, and we hope that North Sails and the wider sailing communities agree.”
“It’s an honor to receive this award because accessibility is the exact reason we introduced this sail,” said Tim Healy, North Sails Global Head of Sales. “Our entire product and design team worked incredibly hard to engineer a cruising sail with the reliability of top-down furling without sacrificing the ability to sail deep downwind. We launched the Easy Furling Gennaker just a few weeks ago, and it’s already proving to be our most in-demand downwind cruising sail.”