North Sails NEWS

July 26, 2015

North Sails Kicks Off the Week With Star Studded “History in the Making” Panel

Gusts up to 30 knots kept sailors ashore on the first day of the Bicentenary Int’l Regatta, but sailors’ patience was rewarded tonight with a fun & interactive panel discussion featuring Americas Cup skippers Jimmy Spithill and Sir Ben Ainslie, and skipper of the all-female Volvo Ocean Race Team SCA, Sam Davies.

As temperatures cooled, Cowes Yacht Haven quickly filled to the brim with sailors eager to hear from the best in the sport.

North Sails President Ken Read led the group in a discussion of sailing today including themes of technology and innovation, teamwork, and fostering enthusiasm in young sailors.

“I’m very proud and humbled to be here with three of the most valuable people in our sport. Tonight is an example of how approachable sailing is. It’s truly a remarkable sport.”
– Ken Read, President of North Sails Group & Skipper of Comanche

“On Saturday we sailed out of the harbor into a sea of spectator boats and a shore full of fans. We were amazed. It was just a fantastic day. We are excited for the future of the Americas Cup.” – Sir Ben Ainslie, Team Principle & Skipper, Land Rover BAR

“I’ve never left for a race unprepared. That gives me the confidence to push the boat hard.” – Sam Davies, Skipper, Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15

“We want to build a great and sustainable event, that provides opportunity for youth to raise up the ranks. Young sailors must be athletes who look ahead and anticipate the next step”- Jimmy Spithill, Skipper Oracle Team USA