JB Braun, Director of Design and Engineering for North, is one of the world’s leading sail designers. Joining North Sails in 1999, JB served as the lead designer and aerodynamic coordinator for the Volvo Ocean Race [Now known as The Ocean Race], as well as a key design team member with Oracle’s 2010 & 2013 America’s Cup win and defense. Based in Marblehead, MA, he’s combined an engineering background with a lifelong passion for sailing and fast boats into revolutionary aerodynamic solutions for performance-oriented sailboats.
JB got his start working for Ted Hood, and Robbie Doyle, US Youth sailing champion & twice campaigned for USA Olympic selection in the FD. In 2000 he developed the VWT, Virtual Wind Tunnel, a computer-based coupling of computer codes with Finite Element Analysis that accurately simulates downwind sail designs. Ten years later, JB became North’s project leader for 3Di and took responsibility for structural engineering and analysis, as well as integrating design and construction techniques of 3Di technology into the North Sails product line we all enjoy today. In 2016, his group developed Sail “APP,” the leading edge in advanced sail performance prediction tools. Amongst his many accomplishments, JB has also designed sails for winning teams in the Olympics, as well as programs like Comanche, ORACLE Team USA, Puma, and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.