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Story Contributors: Ruairidh Scott, Charlie Cumbley


North Sails Power Past The Competition

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Team Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat – 2019 J/70 World Champions. 馃摳 Sportographytv

Not one but two North-powered teams were named World Champions at the J/70 Darwin Escapes World Championship in Torquay, UK. Paul Ward鈥檚 Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat, sailing with Mario Trindade and North Sails experts Charlie Cumbley and Ruairidh Scott, collected the overall win, while Marshall King and the Soak Racing team found success in the Corinthian Division. All top 10 finishers had North Sails onboard.

The core team on Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat has been together all season, and this Worlds win caps a 2019 victory list that includes Cowes Week, J-Cup, and the J/70 UK Nationals. 鈥淥ur mindset heading into this event was really good,鈥 says tactician Charlie Cumbley. 鈥淲e were saying if we finished top 10 we’d be really pleased. It’s obviously gone way better than expected!鈥

Winning Strategy

Though they could be considered a 鈥渓ocal鈥 team because they were able to drive to the event, Charlie credits their level-headed approach to each race for the victory rather than any home field advantage. 鈥淭orquay is a different set of conditions to what UK J/70 fleets usually sail: less tidal, with offshore winds that drive the shifts.

鈥淲e began the regatta conservatively,鈥 he continues, 鈥渒nowing the venue was shifty and playing it a bit safe on the first day. But after that we decided there were big gains to be made by committing to a side. We hung in the top 10, gradually picking people off rather than trying to go for a big gain. Without going too extreme, we upped the risk level each day.鈥

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People & Product

Eat, Sleep, J Repeat used the flatter F-1 Mainsail to match their Selden mast, a J-6 High Clew Jib, and the AP-1 spinnaker. 鈥淭he sails excelled through the wind range,鈥 Charlie says. 鈥淭hey are truly all-purpose, and we were comfortable with whatever conditions came our way.鈥 For more info, visit the J/70 Inventory page.

Rather than any special boat setup, Charlie says the team 鈥渓iterally followed the North Tuning Guide. It shows you exactly how to set up the boat, and with that you鈥檝e got a real chance.鈥

Congratulations Paul, Charlie, Ruairidh and Mario!
Full results

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Starting line at the Darwin Escapes J/70 World Championship. 馃摳 Sportographytv

Story Contributors

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Ruairidh Scott

Gosport, United Kingdom

Ruairidh Scott is a World Champion in the J/80 and J/111 classes, as well as European Champion in the Swan 45, J/70, and 1720.

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Charlie Cumbley

One Design Expert, Sales Expert — Gosport, United Kingdom

Charlie has worked at North Sails since 2006 and is the UK One Design Sales Manager. Charlie specialises in single-handed dinghies and small keelboats such as the OK Dinghy, Solo, Etchells and J/70. He has won 18 UK National titles...