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New Lighter Sails Retain Market-leading Durability, Shape Holding And Performance

North Sails have released new 3Di jibs for the J/105, updating the popular Mi-4 to the Mi-5 and the Li-5 to the Li-6 to meet the new weight rules set by the class. The new designs continue to offer unparalleled durability, speed and range as a result of North’s unique 3Di technology.

Allan Terhune, the J/105 Class Expert with North Sails in Annapolis MD, added, “The new Mi-5 and Li-6 jibs are now really right in the wheelhouse of peak performance, as we were arguably previously over-building them before to meet the weight requirements. But with the new minimum weight, these sails are really coming into their own.”

Sail designer Rich Bowen added, “The designs remain the current standard and the previous sails had some parasitic features to boost weight to achieve the old class minimum, so updating the finishing and tape layouts has been key to the new sail. The new J/105 jibs are now all 760 RAW, which immediately saved some weight. We were then able to reduce sail structure and still have the strength required to achieve the same flying shape. “Non-standard” edge reinforcements were removed, and we applied appropriate-sized corner rings and webs on the new models.”

J/105 boats racing with North Sails have long benefited from 3Di technology, with no delamination and uncompromised shape retention. North J/105 clients are able to see sustained performance over multiple racing seasons without replacing sails, netting a bigger return on investment and value-for-money.

The J/105 events in 2020 include the popular NOOD Regattas in the Spring in Annapolis MD, San Diego CA and Marblehead MA, as well as the North American Championships in October. In 2019 North Sails clients dominated the North Americans, Midwinter Series, East Coast and NOOD regattas, in one of the strongest results for North powered boats on record. North Sails supports the Class across all key events, with representatives on the ground at regattas offering instructional seminars and helping clients get the most out of their sails.

As the leader in One Design sailmaking, North Sails is offering special pricing for all orders placed by December 31st, 2019.

Contact your local North expert today.

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