North Sails LOFT NEWS

Story Contributors: Alby Pratt


North Sails Australia Has Partnered With the Australian Optimist Class

North Sails are proud to support the Australian National Optimist Class, including various state championships across all fleets, with more than 120 young sailors participating in the nationals earlier this year. 

“We see this as an opportunity to encourage the younger generation to get out on the water and to stay involved in sailing,” said North Sails Australia’s Sale Manager, Alby Pratt

“Donating new sails and North Sails vouchers for the National and State Associations to give as prizes is something we were adamant on, in the hope of providing new opportunities for the sailors who may not always be at the front of the fleet.”

“We’re committed to growing junior sailing in Australia with the Optimist class, and hope we can continue that into the future.”

Australian International Optimist Dinghy Association (AIODA) President, Jeremey Atkinson, was excited to bring North Sails onboard as a partner, commenting, “Alby approached us to support the class in 2021, and of course we jumped at the opportunity.”

“It’s unlike any of our other class partnerships and supports all levels of our Optimist sailors, combining at a state and national level, which is a great initiative from North Sails.”

“The AIODA saw this partnership as an opportunity to support Australia’s younger immediate sailors coming up through the ranks.”

Jeremey highlighted that, “one of the best things we’ve benefitted from so far was the coaching day North Sails put on at the 2022 National Championships at Georges River earlier this year. North Sails Expert, Noel Drennan came down and did a class tuning session for the sailors and their parents, and the feedback we’ve received was extremely positive.”

This North Sails initiated coaching session for the Nationals fleet also showcased the newly launched V-Series ranging from the Optimist V-1, V-2 to the V-3 mainsail and the best tuning guide for each skill-level sailors. 

“We’re looking forward to this highlight at the next Australian Championships at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club for the 2022/23 nationals in January next year” Jeremey finished. 

In addition to the coaching support, the North Sails sponsorship includes a three year partnership with the Australian Optimist Class to present two new sails and two North Sails vouchers for the national titles, while one new sail and vouchers will be gifted to all state titles as well.

The North Sails team has a long tradition of promoting grassroots fleets around Australia. Our network of one design experts and dealers are available to help you get the most out of your sails so you can reach your goals anytime you’re on the water. 

Story Contributors

Making Waves For The Future headshot
Alby Pratt

One Design Expert, Sail Expert, Sales Manager — Sydney, Australia

Since 1988, Alby has held almost every position within the loft: sailmaker, service manager, project manager, sales consultant and sales manager. Getting a job as a sailmaker was a great way to get into competitive sailing on a full-time basis. Dealing...

  • #GoBeyond