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The World’s Leading Sailmaker Continues To Attract The Brightest Stars In The Superyacht Industry

Senior Sail Designer and Superyacht Sail Design Expert Glenn Cook will join North Sails from October 2019. After 16 years with Doyle Sails North America as Head Designer, Glenn will play a key role as part of North’s global Superyacht team. He has an impressive track record of leading the design work for some of the most notable Superyachts to hit the water in the last 15 years. Standout projects include the iconic 147 metre Sailing Yacht A, as well as the eye catching 106 metre Black Pearl and 88 metre Maltese Falcon. For Sailing Yacht A in particular, Glenn developed sailing systems over the course of four years in partnership with Dykstra Naval Architects, Magma Structure, Future Fibres, Cachini and Bamar.

As Head Designer at Doyle, Glenn was responsible for the design and engineering of sails for a range of boats, from dinghies to Superyachts. As a Senior Sail Designer at North, he will be focused primarily on the Superyacht market from the outset. Glenn will be charged with bringing his unique experience and skill set to the preliminary design and engineering stages for new Superyacht builds and refits, and importantly acting as a link to the product team to ensure the right sails are manufactured and delivered for each owner.

Commenting on the new hire, North’s Director of Design and Engineering JB Braun concluded, “Glenn joining the North Sails team is another important step in ensuring we have the very best people working on our global Superyacht team. North is known for its groundbreaking 3Di technology and world beating products, but we know that success only comes from the people working within the company. All our product innovations and breakthroughs come from the dedication, hard work and skills of our team. And complete customer satisfaction is our goal. I have no doubt Glenn, with his unprecedented experience and talents, will be a key part of our ongoing commitment to our clients and everyone will benefit.”

The move continues the trend of world class talent in the Superyacht sector joining forces at North, with Commercial Manager, Andrew Schneider also joining from Doyle in 2019. Combine this talent with a number of young rising stars in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific joining the Superyacht group, the outlook for clients seeking design, product and service support around the world has never looked stronger.

Glenn also has years of experience in software development, so will play a critical role in the further development and optimization of the North Sails Design Suite, with a particular focus on the Flow™ and MemBrain™ programs. The suite of in-house design software is key to analyzing and developing 3Di sail structures to create optimal custom layouts. Glenn’s career as a Head Designer will therefore add value across the entire design and product development process.

Glenn Cook added, “As a long time competitor to North I have followed their product developments and technology very closely. Ultimately I wanted access to these tools and products to better fulfill increasingly complex and demanding superyacht projects. Many of the best minds in sailmaking and sail design reside at North. I am honored to join this team and looking forward to working with such a talented and motivated group of people.”

Glenn will be based in Marblehead, MA and will work closely with international clients, project managers and industry partners to deliver custom sail solutions for many of the world’s most unique sailing vessels.


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