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The New Li-5 3Di Jib Is Optimized for Under 12 knots

August 3, 2017 (Newport, RI): North Sails released its latest headsail design for the competitive J/105 class. The Li-5 3Di jib replaces the L-4 3DL jib bringing the ultimate consistency and performance of North’s exclusive 3Di technology to this light-air optimized headsail. The Li-5 is the perfect complement for the Mi-4 3Di jib which is an all-purpose sail.

“The North Li-5 3Di jib is great! We left the other J/105’s​ in the dust and beat a very well sailed J/120 in light air, which we have never done before!” said Mark Lindquist on Sterling.

The 3Di material is a more flexible material and therefore offers an enhanced sail shape in light air conditions having a much more rounded foot. A forgiving luff curve makes it easier to read the wind, helping the trimmer and skipper. The added durability of the 3Di products is also a plus for the J/105 jib. The Li-5 3Di Jib is recommended for winds up to 12 knots.

Consistency is a key feature of 3Di manufacturing. The technology’s reputation has earned North Sails exclusive supplier agreements to the 35th America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and Extreme Sailing Series, all of which mandate identical sails under a strict one-design rule. Featuring a high level of repeatability and quality assurance, North Sails 3Di will benefit one-design sailors in the form of consistent weight, measurements and sail shape.

The new 3Di J/105 light air jib is now available for purchase. To learn more, get in touch with a J/105 Class Expert, or visit our J/105 product page.

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