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Story Contributors: Paul Abdullah, Mike Ingham, Mike Marshall


Smoother Sail Plan & More Power Across The Conditions

As the leading sailmaker in the Thistle class, we are proud to introduce a new mainsail to the North Sails Thistle inventory. Class leaders Paul Abdullah, Mike Ingham, and North Sail Designer Mike Marshall have been working hard to make your Thistle sailing even better than before.

The DSD+ mainsail is built out of Dimension/Polyant 165SQ that proves to be very durable, while the finish keeps the leech nice and straight through all conditions. With a radial lower section, the lower leech stays static as the mast bend is adjusted to match the conditions, providing the user with a smoother, flatter sail plan, with less overbend wrinkles. Incorporating a slight luff curve the sail shape is induced, transferring the power down low, opening the leech.

The new DSD+ Mainsail is another step forward in North Sails goal to make the fastest sails possible. This new mainsail is very popular with inland lake sailors who see more flatter water conditions, though it has seen great success and proven its reliability in open water conditions as well. Standard features include battens, sail numbers, class royalties, insignia, vision window, sail bag, and an optional set of battens.

Have questions? We are here to help. Customer service and education on our products is even more important than ever before. Learn more about North Sails new Thistle mainsail and how to achieve maximum power throughout a range of conditions. Watch our webinar, featuring Class experts Paul Abdullah, Mike Ingham, and North Sail Designer Mike Marshall to get the full download on our newest addition to the North Sails Thistle inventory, the DSD+ Mainsail.


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Story Contributors

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Paul Abdullah

One Design Expert —

Paul is an accomplished sailor with multiple titles including the Thistle National Championship in 2022 and J/70 World Championship in 2014. Paul is a specialist in the J/24, Thistle and Y-Flyer classes.

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Mike Ingham

One Design Expert —

Mike Ingham has over 25 National and Continental Championships in multiple competitive one-design classes. He has a passion for sharing with others through coaching and writing. He was recently named 2017 Coach of the Year by US Sailing for his...

Introducing the New Thistle DSD+ Mainsail headshot
Mike Marshall

One Design Expert, Sail Designer — Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Mike won the 2016 J/22 Worlds, which led to a Rolex Yachtsman of the Year nomination. He has also won the J/22 North Americans and finished top ten at multiple J/24 Worlds, North Americans, and Nationals. He graduated with a degree in Geophysics from Connecticut...

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