Would you like a North Sails Expert to call you? Just leave us your number and a short message we will direct the inquiry to the right person to help. We promise to call as quickly as possible, but at some times we may be out sailing. Looking for a quote? Please use the request a quote tab above.
Find My Expert
Please search by name or location to find your local North Sails Expert.
Find My Loft
Find your local loft below.
Are you looking for something you can’t find on our web site? Do you need product information or help with a sail? Just send us a message and we will respond promptly.
Are you ready to buy? Would like to learn more about products and prices? Please fill in the forms below and we will have your local North Sails Expert create a custom sail proposal for you.
North Sails NEWS
Thirty six J/Boats hit the water to ring in the area’s inaugural J/Fest regatta.
Sponsored by North Sails and hosted by Bristol Yacht Club, the inaugural J/Fest New England kicked off Friday, August 12th with afternoon practice led by North Sails Offshore One Design, followed by a local knowledge weather briefing at the club.
Working with the J/105, J/109 and J/88 classes, North Sails experts Chuck Allen, Bill Gladstone and Jack Orr helped teams tune up and stretch their legs in 12-15 knot southerly winds. Heading in a little early due to incoming weather, sailors were met with a local knowledge briefing by North Sails experts Charlie Enright and North Sails President, Ken Read. A review of local weather trends including current, obstacles and wind direction was complemented by burgers and an open bar, all sponsored by North Sails.
“If it weren’t for the rise of J/Boat racing, I would still be in Bristol Harbor sailing Mercuries,” said Read, a multi-world champion in the J/24, acknowledging the impact of J/Boats on competitive One Design racing throughout North America.
Saturday brought the first races to fruition slowly, with a wind delay at the club and on the water. In the 90 degree heat and humidity forecast, soon more sailors were swimming than waiting patiently aboard. Nevertheless, the sea breeze filled mid-afternoon and the race committee squeezed in two quality races in a fairly stable southerly at 12 knots and ebb tide. Early on, boats starting off the pin end who worked the left shoreline fared well before the wind began to shift slightly right toward the end of the day.
Sunday brought a light southerly gradient breeze. Hopes for a bolstering seabreeze were eventually burned off with the high heat, and pressure was generally up and down with big oscillations. Three to four races were completed by all fleets.
North Sails sponsored three awards for the event which were presented by NA Sales Manager, Kimo Worthington, who sailed onboard J/109 Vento Solare for the event. The North Sails Overall award was presented to Ted Hearlihy’s J/109 Gut Feeling, the Sportsmanship award was presented to Brooke Mastrorio on J/109 Ursa, and most improved went to Kevin Dakan on J/110 Memory.
Looking back on the long weekend, local North expert Charlie Enright commented that J/Fest New England is “a great event with a bright future. It’s wonderful to see a new regatta surrounded by such enthusiasm. Events like J/Fest will strengthen local classes both on the water and off.”