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69F Partners with the World’s Leading Sailmaker to Power the Foiling Class

North Sails is proud to be named the exclusive sailmaker to the revolutionary 69F class. The 69F is the only one-design, full-foiling monohull for teams. With state-of-the-art design and construction, the 69F has introduced a one a kind of class format. This format features a six-pack charter boat program and a robust events schedule across Europe, the United States, and the Youth Foiling Gold Cup open to sailors under 25.

69F Co-Founder Giorgio Benussi commented on the partnership with North Sails:

“Bringing North Sails on board as our sailmaker is the natural next step in the evolution of the 69F. North Sails is the industry’s top player. From dinghies to maxis and now foiling, North Sails has a reputation for expertise that is renowned worldwide. We all look forward to working together, learning, and expanding the success of the 69F.”

North Technology Group President and North Sails President Ken Read

“The 69F is a fantastic new class offering a foiling experience to many who have never experienced or may not have even considered foiling. Access for young sailors, owner drivers, pros and amateurs alike–the 69F is an all-inclusive foiling option. Today, the North Sails design tools and sail technology power the AC75, the AC40, IMOCAs, Ultimes, and dominate small foiling boats like the Moth. The 69F opens the door to so many more and helping expand the sport.”

North Sails and the 69F team have undergone sail testing in Miami to review and finalize the new sail designs. The North Sails 69F inventory consists of three sails; a 3Di Square Top Mainsail, a 3Di Helix Jib, and a Helix Code Zero. In line with the objectives of the class, the 69F has a hi-tech, high-performance inventory that showcases the latest innovations from North Sails.

The first sail set under the partnership will be delivered before the start of the 2023 European season in April.

North One Design Expert Giulio Desiderato (ITA) will lead the client management and service as the primary North Sails contact for this exciting partnership. He’ll be directly supported by sail designer Mike Marshall (USA), and they’ll also draw on the broader resources within the North Sails network.

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