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New J-6 Headsail Builds on Consistent Results with New Features and Benefits

July 25, 2017 (Newport, RI): North Sails released its latest headsail design for the competitive J/70 class today. Based on North’s popular J-2 design, the J-6 headsail brings new benefits to sailors seeking an all-purpose option that excels in maximum in-hauling conditions.
Since day one, North has remained at the forefront of sail development in the J/70. Development efforts originated with an out-of-the-box solution released alongside the launch of hull #1 in 2012. Powered by North Design Suite software, the one design sail package was designed in tandem with the J/70 hull and rig.

“The J/70 is an important class for North Sails, we’ve enjoyed watching the class take off in the States, and expand to sailing communities abroad these last few years,” said Tim Healy, World Champion J/70 skipper and President of North Sails One Design. “Our team continues to unlock performance with new sail shapes, and we are excited to offer the J-6 as our latest development for J/70 sailors.”

The J-6 headsail offers familiar sail shape with a few key performance enhancements. A shortened leech creates a higher clew position for more aggressive windward sheeting over the cabin house. The sail also features a slightly deeper entry and a straighter exit down low, allowing a more forgiving steering groove and opportunity for tighter sheeting angles. Based on North’s trademark J-2 J/70 headsail, which clients used to win the 2014, 2015 and 2016 World Championships, the J-6 takes proven performance to the next level by offering a fresh solution to sailors upping their game this season.

“We are very pleased with the new J-6 headsail from North Sails,” said Brian Keane, owner-driver of J/70 Savasana who tested the J-6 during a local event in June. “We believe it is highly versatile, balanced, and allows for aggressive weather sheeting.”

Contact a North Sails expert today to learn more about the North Sails J/70 inventory.

Brian Keane’s Savasana racing with the new J-6 from North Sails, to win the NYYC One Design Regatta in June.
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