North Sails NEWS

March 7, 2019


Following her latest circumnavigation, Cook joins the world’s leading sailmaker for her next challenge

📸 Turn The Tide On Plastic / Volvo Ocean Race

North Sails is excited to announce the addition of Bianca Cook to its sales force. Based out of New Zealand, the talented sailor will focus on the local New Zealand market. She is a key hire who will be looking at further enhancing the depth of knowledge and expertise within the loft ensuring the best client experience possible.  

Starting out in dinghies but quickly progressing to Classic yachts, match racing, and superyachts, Cook has an impressive CV for a 29-year-old. Hailing from a boat building background, she understands the need for early inclusion of sails into a design and development program to ensure optimum performance. With her wealth of knowledge and significant experience on large boats, having accumulated over 100,000 offshore miles, Bianca realized a lifelong dream to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race when she was selected to race on Turn the Tide on Plastic in 2017-18. She most recently was part of the first professional all-female crew to compete in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race with the Ocean Respect Racing Team on Wild Oats X.

📸 Sue Ellen / Live Sail Die

As one of the world’s most exciting young sailing talents, she will be an important part of the North Sails team who will continue to help deliver a premium and unrivaled customer service, and ensuring that the company continues to stay at the forefront of innovation and performance.

Richard Bicknell, North Sails New Zealand General Manager commented: “Bianca is a well-known and hugely respected sailor, not only in New Zealand but around the world. She has a considerable amount of ocean miles under her belt and has sailed in a wide range of classes and events. We are delighted that she has decided to join us to bring her knowledge, experience, and infectious smile to the team – we know that she can help us further develop our network across New Zealand. She also brings with her the ability to grow our younger market and show the North range of product to the next generation.”

Bianca Cook commented: “I have used North Sails across most of the boats that I have sailed on in recent years and there is no doubt it is a quality brand with outstanding products. Sailing around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race was the greatest challenge of my life but this is an exciting next phase in my career.  The team at North Sails are second to none and I look forward to joining them and all that we can do together in the future.”

📸 Turn The Tide On Plastic / Volvo Ocean Race
📸 Turn The Tide On Plastic / Volvo Ocean Race
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