Heading to Antigua? North Sails will be there! Our Opti experts put together this guide to help you prepare.
There is no better performance test of an Optimist sail than the results it produces. Around the world, kids are winning regattas with North Sails.
Get Up To Speed
Pulling all the pieces together can be challenging. The North Optimist Speed Guide will help you get the most of your Optimist sailing.
What To Expect in Antigua
The island of Antigua is excited to host the 2019 Optimist World Championship. We spoke with North Sails expert and local Andrew Dove to learn what sailors should expect when they leave English Harbour.
Which Opti Sail Is Best For Me?
Whether you’re a sailor, coach, or parent, deciding which Opti sail to buy means balancing a number of different factors. Optimist expert Mike Marshall explains.
Fine Tune with North
Find your groove. Get your numbers. Be confident in all wind conditions.
Meet Your Optimist Sail Designer
Mike Marshall understands sail shapes and design, and he also understands the quirks of Optimist sailing.
Modern sailcloth begins life as industrial fiber and film. Some of these products are well known to sailors by a specific supplier’s brand name. A better understanding of the characteristics of these fibers can be helpful in choosing the right sails for your boat.
Remember when your spinnaker was new—how crisp and clean the material felt and the way it crinkled going into the bag? The whites were white and the colors were bright, and it even smelled like the brand new nylon that it was.
North Sails offers three material options to help you find the right sails for your needs. Every North cruising sails is custom-designed for your boat and sailing style. By matching the right materials to your sailing goals, you'll be even happier with your new North sails. That could mean easier furling and flacking, smoother tacking and jibing, headache-free sail handling and storage or optimum performance and longevity.
Cruising sailcloth comes in three styles: woven Polyester dacron, cruising laminates, and 3D composite material. Each provides a different balance of durability and performance. Dacron fabrics are the toughest and most structurally stable. Cruising laminates offer lighter weight and increased shape holding. 3D composites are a new generation of cruising materials with exceptional shape holding and structural integrity beyond many laminates.