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.

safe jibes for cruising boats

When your destination is downwind on the opposite tack, then a jibe is called for. A jibe has three steps: Starting from a broad reach, initiate the jibe with the… Read More

North U performance and trim solutions

[Excerpt Taken from North U Cruising Book] If boatspeed seems poor, you may need to add power. Try deeper sail shapes, and bear off a couple degrees. You can also… Read More

techniques for heavy weather sailing

We covered the Basics of Heavy Weather Sailing already; now it’s time to look at techniques to help you sail well in strong winds, which will increase your range and… Read More

First of all, heavy weather is not an absolute wind strength. It’s whenever the wind and waves are such that you risk losing control of your boat. This may happen… Read More

how to trim a genoa

There are three sources of genoa power: angle of attack, sail depth, and twist. Our goal is first to get the correct total power and, second, to achieve the correct… Read More

sailing downwind heavy air

The following tips are taken from the North U Cruising and Seminar Course book written by John Rousmaniere, author of the Annapolis Book of Seamanship. These tips are meant to… Read More

steering upwind techniques

There are a number of guidelines to help you steer effectively upwind. There is also information you can learn from the feel of the helm that will help you find… Read More

When you look at your sail on the water, your eyes are usually drawn to any imperfections. Sometimes these are in the sail’s shape, but other times there are wrinkles… Read More

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