North Sails NEWS

June 13, 2019


Clients Win Two World Titles In Sibenik, Croatia


North Sails clients had a top-notch showing at the 2019 ORC World Championship, held in Sibenik, Croatia, sweeping the podium in both Class A and Class B. Sibenik served up fantastic racing conditions, with a mix of offshore racing and windward-leeward races making an exciting challenge for all participants.

In Class A, Skipper Marco Serafini on the TP52 XIO was crowned World Champion. Sandro Paniccia’s Scuderia 50 Altair 3 finished second, followed by Roberto Monti’s TP52 Air Is Blue in third.

In Class B, the Swan 42s came out hot, taking all three podium spots. Massimo de Campo’s Selene* won overall, taking the Class B World Championship title. Alberto Franchi’s Digital Bravo was second, while Andrea Rossi’s Mela finished third.

North Sails was a proud sponsor and official sail supplier, supporting sailors worldwide with onshore support and Certified Service, led by the North Sails team in Dugopolje and Sukošan. Due to the windy forecast, the client support was significantly valued over the course of the regatta.

North Sails Expert Giovanni Cassinari raced on the Class A winner TP52 XIO and reported that his entire team was very pleased with their performance. XIO is a 2012 generation TP52, and the team has maintained her original sail plan configuration. By winning all the inshore races and placing second in the distance race, XIO swept Class A with a 12 point lead.


“We were by far the fastest boat in our class,” said Giovanni. “We stayed conservative on the starting line, organized a game plan for our maneuvers so they could be executed without any hangups. When it came to tactics, we always tried to be one step ahead.”

Winning all but one race, the team knew they would likely win the regatta—but that didn’t mean they got lazy. Giovanni was responsible for tuning the mast and trimming the mainsail, and he says they were always sailing the boat to its maximum potential. “The trimmers would work very hard to stay in sync and were ready to make even the slightest adjustments to keep the tactician happy, so he could continue to put our boat in the best possible place on the racecourse for us to stay in the lead.”

When it came to tactics, we always tried to be one step ahead.

North Sails was a proud regatta sponsor as official sail supplier, and the North Sails team in Dugopolje and Sukošan supported sailors from all over the world with both dockside support and Certified Service. Giovanni commented, “Due to the windy conditions we experienced throughout the regatta, the loft support onsite was greatly appreciated.”

Congratulations to our clients on great racing and a big thanks to our North Sails local experts in Dugopoljie and Sukošan for being hands on to make sure our clients were race-ready.

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