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Story Contributors: Nigel Young


Dutch Gold Takes the Title

Dutch Gold, winners of the AIB 1720 Southerns 📸 Bob Bateman

North Sails would like to congratulate Rob O’Leary and his crew onboard Dutch Gold for winning the AIB Southern Area’s this past weekend in fine style. Rob is getting a taste for winning with 3Di now and is on a roll at the top of the class. Dutch Gold was using a North 3Di mainsail and large jib as the key upwind sails for his programme.

Hot on his heels this weekend was fellow club mates T-Bone sailed by the Durcan/O’Shea combination. T-Bone was also powered upwind by the same 3Di setup, as well as being powered downwind by the North T-6 large spinnaker. Talking to team T-Bone after the regatta, they were delighted with their pace upwind and down for the weekend. No complaints!

This years’ Southerns saw a full spread of conditions from 25 knots on Friday, to 5 – 6 knots on the final Sunday. The North 3Di sails handled the spread of conditions well and it’s no coincidence that we see these sails claiming first and second position overall.

It is unusual that the same sail making process can be made to work for International Moths, Sportsboats, America’s Cup Super Yachts, and everything in between! 3Di really is an amazing process that is unique to North Sails.

Dutch Gold crossing the fleet 📸 Bob Bateman
T-Bone powering upwind 📸 Bob Bateman

Story Contributors

North Sails 3Di Dominates AIB 1720 Southerns headshot
Nigel Young

Myrtleville, Ireland

Nigel started Sailmaking in 1981 in Cowes on the IOW. In 1990, he ran HOOD Sails OD production in Lymington. In 1995, he joined North Sails, as part of the North-Diamond Sails merger. Nigel ran North Sails OD in the...

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