Bring Your Best Game to the J/70 North American Championship

We are excited to get back out racing again, and we wanted to reshare some of our favorite articles and webinars before you head to Annapolis for the J/70 North American Championship. This Tool Kit covers all the bases, including tips on boat speed in light air, how to make the most of our on-the-water coaching, and our updated J/70 Tuning Guide.

On-the-Water Coaching for Everyone

North Sails J/70 Class Expert Eric Doyle will be available on the North coach boat from Tuesday-Thursday offering tips on fine-tuning your sails. Contact Eric in advance to let him know you would like your sails checked.

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Rewind and Rewatch

While we were unable to go sailing, the North Sails team switched their motto to “Let’s Get Faster” and produced a number of J/70-specific webinars that are filled with invaluable information from the top sailors in the class. Don’t leave the docks before watching them all!

Downwind Techniques          Downwind Boat Handling


        Mainsail Trim                     Lessons Learned in Miami


Have You Read our New Tuning Guide?

With the introduction of the new XCS-4 Mainsail and J-2+ Jib to our J/70 sail designs, our Class Experts have revised the North Sails Tuning Guide. Countless hours of sailing, testing, and competing in the J/70 fleet have gone into this revised editions which is a must-read before the North Americans.

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Bitesize Tips for Light Air

Read our easy-to-follow tips on rig tuning, sail trim, and boat trim to help you sail your J/70 faster when the breeze is light.

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Optimize Your Downwind Performance

Displacement mode, wing-on-wing, or full plane? Understanding the J/70’s different downwind modes will help you make the right move at the right time when racing.

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Why is Headstay Sag Fast Upwind in Light Air?

What is headstay sag and how can you use it to your advantage to maintain better speed in light-air conditions? One Design expert Tim Healy describes the risks and rewards.

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North Sails Certified Service Has You Covered

The North Sails Annapolis Certified Service Team is ready for you with overnight sail service and repairs during the regatta. Call Ridgely Mackenzie to arrange a sail pick up on 443-995-7188.

Contact Ridgley


North Experts Onsite

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Alex Curtiss

One Design Expert — Long Beach, California San Diego, California

A self-described “one design guy,” Alex Curtiss grew up in Chicago sailing Optis, 420s, and Lasers, as well as other one design and PHRF boats. In 2016, he graduated from St. Mary’s with an economics degree and two All-American awards,...

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Allan Terhune

One Design Expert — Annapolis, Maryland

Allan Terhune, Jr., has won eleven North American Championships (in the Lightning, Flying Scot and Thistle Classes) and was crowned the 2013 J/22 World Champion. Allan is also a class expert in the Etchells, J/70, J/80, J/88, J/105, J/111 with...

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Chris Larson

Sail Expert — Annapolis, Maryland

Chris began working for North Sails in 1990, right after college graduation. He was fascinated by the personalities at North, including Tom Whidden, Vince Brun, Gary Weisman, Jim Allsopp, and Andreas Josenhans, and he wanted to be a part of such an elite...

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Zeke Horowitz

One Design Expert — Annapolis, Maryland

Zeke Horowitz grew up in Sarasota, Fla. where he quickly took to sailing and began racing in the Optimist Class at the age of nine. His Optimist racing took him all over the world and inspired his passion for sailing...

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Will Welles

One Design Expert, Sail Expert — Portsmouth, Rhode Island Newport Shipyard

Will Welles has been a member of the North Sails Rhode Island team since January of 2007, although in total he sports more than 22 years of experience in the sailmaking industry, including a six-year apprenticeship at the North Sails...

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Nick Turney

Cleveland Area Representative, One Design Expert, Sail Expert — Detroit, Michigan

Nick Turney grew up sailing in Toledo, Ohio, sailing out of North Cape Yacht Club. He continued through the Jr. Sailing program racing FJs, 420s, Lasers and Thistles. As a young sailor, Nick had the opportunity to race with several...

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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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Max Skelley

One Design Expert —

A life-long sailmaker, Max has been part of the North Sails team since 2012, and currently focuses on the Offshore One Design division, in particular the J/Boats and Melges classes. In addition to helping bring great sail designs to the...

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Jackson Benvenutti

One Design Expert — Annapolis, Maryland

Jackson actively races in the J/70, Viper, Flying Scot, J/22, Melges 24, amongst many One Design classes. In 2018 Jackson won the J/22 World Championship with team Uncle Fluffy, and in 2019 he won the Viper Worlds and North American...

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Eric Doyle

One Design Expert — San Diego, California

Eric was raised in Pass Christian along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where he learned at a ripe young that he was hooked on sailing. After attending Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, he was scooped up by Hall of Famer...

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