How To Guides

We’re here to help. North Sails has a wealth of information that we want to share with you. Whether it is tips on getting around the racecourse, trimming your sails or cruising techniques – we aim to document our knowledge to help improve your sailing. Use our How To section to search for content and read about topics of interest to you.

new optimist sail

Power your new North Sails Optimist V-Series mainsail for speed following the recommendations on this quick tuning guide. Sail Ties Top 2 mm Middle 2 mm Bottom 2 mm *… Read More

We’ve teamed up with our friends at X-Yachts and are excited to release an all-new ‘How To’ video series aimed at every type of cruiser. All seven videos are now… Read More

We’ve teamed up with our friends at X-Yachts and are excited to release an all-new ‘How To’ video series aimed at every type of cruiser. All seven videos are now… Read More

Being prepared for whatever Mother Nature serves up is key to maximizing your cruising adventures. Our cruising experts share their inventory top pick, which sails to consider adding and light… Read More

I’ve been fortunate to serve hundreds of cruising multihull sailors in the past 20 years, often with downwind sails designed to eliminate the terrible feeling of performance loss when these… Read More

Three days of offshore buoy racing tested IC37 competitors at the 2021 National Championships, and the last race of the event determined who would take home this year’s National title…. Read More

When heading offshore, there are many things to keep in mind that can help you make it to the finish line in one piece. Planning ahead can contribute to your… Read More

For North Sails Cruising Mainsails, full-battens or standard battens each provide different cruising benefits. Here’s a summary of the differences to help you understand which sail type is best for… Read More

First of all, you can really break sailing into three categories: around the buoys or laid marks, sprint sailing, and full blown offshore distance sailing. Around the buoys sailing is… Read More

One of the many great things about sailing is the ability to choose how long you want to be out on the boat. Day sailors prefer to sleep on dry… Read More

The first thing to always talk about when going offshore is, what are the rules? And in the case of The Ocean Race, they’ve created fantastic rules to be incredibly… Read More

When it comes to hoisting your spinnaker, there are some details to consider that make everyone’s life easier (or harder). Angle off the wind is often underestimated and this can… Read More

Sailboat sails fall into two main categories: 3Di sails (sails built on a 3D mold) and paneled sails (sails built on a flat surface). While the 3D mold vs. 2D… Read More

With the help of smarttune load sensors from Cyclops Marine, North Sails One Design Expert, and J/70 World Champion Charlie Cumbley explains how the dynamic balance of upwind performance hinges… Read More

RORC Easter challenge 2016

All North Sails are designed and built to match the specific customer requirements. According to our Director of Design and Engineering JB Braun, the result is that each sail made… Read More