North Sails LOFT NEWS

Story Contributors: Kenneth Rumball, Pamela Lee

RL SAILING TEAM CHOOSES NORTH SAILS

Sailmaker of Choice for Upcoming Doublehanded Figaro Campaign

📸  RL Sailing Team

Stepping onboard a Figaro 3 is an exciting yet daunting experience. They are offshore, foil assisted One Design race machines with no compromises. Learning to sail such a boat takes skill, time, patience and nerves of steel! That covers sailing the boat… the next challenge involves diving into the deep end and sailing it offshore, in France, in the Figaro circuit, competing against the best sailors in the world. It really is a quantum leap from what even professional sailors are used to. This is what Kenneth Rumball and Pamela Lee have lined up as they embark on their doublehanded Figaro campaign.

“With so much to learn” Kenneth explains, “Pam and I did not have the time or resources to experiment with different sailmakers, sail design theories, build qualities or reliability issues. We needed top quality, Grand Prix sails that are capable of winning without endless hours of testing & experimenting.”

Nigel Young, Maurice ‘Prof’ O’Connell and Shane Hughes from North Sails Ireland contacted Kenneth and Pam once the RL Sailing Team doublehanded campaign was announced.” North Sails were definitely the most logical sailmaker to partner with,” Kenneth explains. “Although Nigel and team are based in Ireland, North Sails is known for having a phenomenal global network. We’ve also been in close contact with the North Sails team in Lorient , France  who specializes in sails for the Figaro 3. We instantly felt at home and comfortable with the excellent service and customer care provided. Although we ordered our sails quite late in the season, the turn around was quicker than expected as they were ready to go almost two weeks ahead of schedule having been designed, built, and measured to the strict One Design class rules.”

“Going sailing for the first time with our North inventory was a joy that had us beaming from ear to ear. Our sails performed and fit perfectly the first time, so there was no need to revisit the loft for small snags that can so often waste time. The attention to small details, coupled with the lightweight 3Di sail material and design makes these sails really stand out from the crowd. The support and service we’ve received from the entire North Sails team has been fantastic. Polar files, sail selection charts, and tuning guides have been readily available to us, providing us performance gains we’ve been looking for. We couldn’t be happier with our decision to partner with North Sails.”

“Our sails performed and fit perfectly the first time, so there was no need to revisit the loft for small snags that can so often waste time. The attention to detail, coupled with the lightweight 3Di sail material and design makes these sails really stand out from the crowd.”

📸  RL Sailing Team
📸  RL Sailing Team