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Faster By Design | Reflecting on the 2021 TP52 Season

  With the end of the 2021 52 Super Series season circuit behind us, North Sails experts and designers are now gathering feedback from the teams and learning from their experiences to help refine designs and structures that will be incorporated into future seasonal development cycles. In a game of gains by millimeters rather than boat lengths, we at North are ultimately judged on the performance of our product, and in the Super Series, performance equals results. In the latest North Sails release, Grand Prix Sales Leader Paul Westlake and Sail Designers Marco Capitani and Juan Messeguer describe how North

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On 7 November, the toughest and longest-running two-handed transat sets off for the Caribbean from Le Harve, France. Alternatively known as “the coffee route,” the biannual Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV)… Read More

Path is the latest superyacht from the Baltic Yachts. The 44.6 meter Judel/Vrolijk designed superyacht launched in Spring 2021 and was most recently displayed at the Monaco Yacht Show. For… Read More

The 52 Super Series is known as one of the most competitive circuits in the sport and for North Sails, it keeps us on top of our game.  This week,… Read More

North Sails 3Di made its America’s Cup debut in the 2010 Deed of Gift Match, with Alinghi as the first team to fly “black sails.” A year later, 3Di proved… Read More

Three incredible speed machines are making their final preparations before the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race this Sunday;  Rambler 88, the new ClubSwan 125 Skorpios, and the MOD70 Argo…. Read More

The world’s largest offshore yacht race begins this weekend, the legendary Fastnet. With so many boats on the water, including some very high-profile racing boats, we sat down with North… Read More

When Lowell North left an aerospace engineering job in 1957 to establish North Sails, he didn’t realize he was starting a company that would soon become the global leader in… Read More

You can imagine the future or you can be a part of it. Lowell North decided to be a part of it– and lead it. When he started North Sails,… Read More

It’s been a week since the 36th America’s Cup ended, and we wanted to know what all of this means for the future of sailing and North Sails. We’ve asked… Read More

The end is near – the end of the 36th America’s Cup, that is. North Sails and INEOS TEAM UK sail designer Gautier Sergent, who’s constantly studying the AC75s and… Read More

It’s been six days of the 36th America’s Cup. We’ve cheered, we’ve gasped, we’ve sighed. The light winds of the Hauraki Gulf provided us with some incredibly tight racing and… Read More

You’re familiar with the phrase if you know, you know, right? For over three decades, North design expertise and sails have been onboard with every team to capture the Auld… Read More

As one of Emirates Team New Zealand’s sailors and sail trimmers, Glenn Ashby is a core member of the team. This is Ashby’s fourth America’s Cup, and he’s amazed with… Read More

As one of North Sails cutting edge designers, Gautier Sergent worked with INEOS TEAM UK in the 36th America’s Cup. As someone who strives constantly to push the limits and… Read More

“For a sail designer, being involved with the America’s Cup is a dream come true,” said Marco Capitani, one of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli’s sail designers. With Luna Rossa Prada… Read More

Joining North Sails in 1988, Burns Fallow is the lead sail designer for Emirates Team New Zealand and has been at the forefront of sail design for the Kiwi team… Read More

Ken Read, President of North Sails and Executive VP of North Sails Technology Group, is not sailing in the 36th America’s Cup, but he’s doing his best to make sure… Read More

Ask a sail designer what they saw during the America’s Cup World Series, and you won’t be surprised by their answer – sails of course! JB Braun, our Director of… Read More

Time is closing in on the 36th America’s Cup which commences in Auckland on the 6th of March 2021, and with the recent launch of Emirates Team New Zealand’s (ETNZ)… Read More

Among the 33 skippers who will be advancing tomorrow, Sunday, November 8th, from Sables-d’Olonne at 13:02 CET, 22 are equipped with North Sails 3Di, (17 have a full inventory and… Read More

It wasn’t flashy imagery or action sports videos that got Steve Calder, North Sails designer, interested in kiting. His love for the sport began when his son decided he wasn’t… Read More

November 8th, the next edition of the Vendée Globe race is set to start from  Les Sables d’Olonne, North Sails has designed the sails for the ¾ of the IMOCA… Read More

The newest generation of foiling IMOCAs are heading for the start line of the Transat Jacques Vabre – a crucial part of the four year Vendée Globe cycle. The 4,350… Read More

The newest generation of foiling IMOCAs are fast, exciting, and awe-inspiring. North Sails is helping six new IMOCAS, as well as older boats which have foil upgrades, prepare for the… Read More

By Ivor Wilkins, first published in the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron magazine, Breeze On the eve of Emirates Team New Zealand’s new AC75 launch, the waterfront was buzzing with speculation… Read More

Mickey Ickert has been involved with 3Di for over a decade. “I think it must have been 2007 when I first saw a 3Di sail. We’d been fighting for years… Read More

The North Design Services is a team of sail design-engineers who specialize in optimizing a yacht’s total performance. Under the radar, yet super effective, this elite group is the North… Read More

JB Braun loves making sailboats go faster, and that’s his job as Director of Design and Engineering at North Sails. “There’s a lot that goes into it,” he says. “It’s… Read More

The beginning of 2018 marks a milestone for North Sails as the company completes a 10-year transformation from 3DL string laminates to 3Di molded composite sail structures. North Sails was… Read More

In 1997, North Sails designers and software engineers were given a mandate: to create a package that could model the forces of sailing, specifically those above the deck. What ensued… Read More

Lowell North diverged from the traditional, artistic approach to sailmaking by closing his eyes. Lowell listened to the numbers. Historically, sailmaking depended on the eye of the craftsman, who drew… Read More

By Tom Whidden One of the goals for our book, The Art and Science of Sails, is to connect the theoretical with the practical. An understanding of the physics of… Read More

Gautier Sergent, North Sails designer, recently met up with the Transat bakerly fleet as it finished in New York City. Sergent had helped design new 3Di sails for several teams,… Read More