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North’s i420 Sails Enable Sailors To Excel In All Conditions

US Youth Champs - i420
📸 Matt McCotter / US Sailing

October 10, 2021, Camp Sea Gull, Arapahoe, NC —   After 3 mostly grueling days of sailing on the Neuse River in North Carolina, the I420 US Youth Sailing Championship concluded on Monday. This venue is fantastic, and the hosts were incredibly helpful and gracious.

Out on the Neuse River, the racing featured some very large, steep chop, along with strong E/NE/N winds that spun briskly around a stationary low pressure system off the coast. This low seemed motionless, driving in both clouds, rain, and wind for the first two days. Finally, on the third day, the breeze relaxed just a bit for the final races of the Championship.

📸 Tom Sitzmann

420 teams were challenged to sail well in a very wide range of conditions. So, the key was making adjustments, and shifting gears, from maximum winds/ de-powering (several gear breakdowns & capsizes over the weekend attested to how tough it was) to light/lumpy powered-up conditions. The i420, in particular, rewards sailors that focus on gear-shifting, adding to the importance of being able to adapt to what the weather presents.

North Sails 420 sails are built for just those sailors, and with proper adjustments, can provide world-class speed and performance throughout all wind ranges. We are pleased to report that North Sails teams claimed 4 of the top 5 places (1,3,4,5), and World Champions Thomas Sitzmann and Luke Woodworth (Sail1Design) continued their incredible sailing, dominating the event by winning seven of the eight races.

There was a lot gained from this regatta, and we are eager to help 420 teams looking to get to the next level, so don’t hesitate to contact us here at North Sails.

Click here for full results.

Thomas Sitzmann and Luke Woodworth - i420
Thomas Sitzmann and Luke Woodworth 📸 Tom Sitzmann
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