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EXTREME OCEAN TESTED

Offshore Sailors Tackle Miles At Record Pace With North Sails 3Di

In the last four years, North Sails clients have broken 30 major sailing records, all using 3Di sails—plus their own determination, tireless energy, and a killer teamwork. In 2018 alone, sailors added six new race records to the #NSVictoryList.

The first record of 2018 was the RORC Caribbean 600 with Rambler 88, followed by Maserati, who blasted from Hong Kong to London in record time. Stephen Murray Jr.’s Volvo 60 Warrior sprinted around Antigua in April and Phil Sharp’s Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy won the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race. Francis Joyon had an amazing come back in the last 20 miles of the Route du Rhum on IDEC Sport, catching Francois Gabart MACIF just before the finish line. Supermaxi My Song, a Baltic 130 finished in record time in the RORC Transatlantic Race, which would be the cherry on top for her luxurious 2018 racing season.

In 2017, Mighty Merloe broke the 20- year old multihull course record in the Transpac, previously set by Bruno Peyron’s Commodore Explorer. While Mighty Merloe was blasting across the Atlantic, Jim Clark’s Comanche was unstoppable, smashing the monohull course record.  While both of these racing machines require the utmost durability, both boats opted for North’s lightest weight product, North Sails 3Di RAW.

Francis Joyon and his IDEC crew claimed the coveted Jules Verne trophy for the fastest circumnavigation on record: 40 days, on January 26, 2017. Only six weeks before their historic finish, French sailor Armel Le Cléac’h set the singlehanded monohull around-the-world record (74 days) during his third Vendée Globe – the famous singlehanded offshore race where upwards of 20 skippers start and finish from the port town of Les Sables d’Olonne, France. On none other than Christmas Day, Thomas Coville accomplished his life-long goal of completing the fastest solo circumnavigation by any sailor. As a matter of fact, he smashed the record by over eight days.

The level of participation and success witnessed in offshore sailing these past few years is perhaps unprecedented, and the advances in sailmaking are proven. Thomas Coville’s 3Di ENDURANCE mainsail had 75,000 miles (the equivalent of three times around the world) logged when he broke the singlehanded east-about circumnavigation record. Before 3Di sails went to market, one lap of the globe required multiple sail inventories.

North Sails first introduced its patented 3Di technology in 2010. Since then, 3Di has proven itself as a game-changing product on all types of boats, from grand prix to one design. We are proud to help clients set new benchmarks by providing the most trusted and innovative sail technology in the world.

Record Breaking Performance

January 2019

ARGO - Jason Carroll

Pineapple Cup - (Course Record) - 2 days 7 minutes 44 seconds

December 2018

My Song - Pier Luigi Loro Piana

RORC Transatlantic (Monohull Race Record) - 10 days, 5 hours, 47 mins, 11 secs

November 2018

IDEC Sport - Francis Joyon

Route du Rhum (Race Record) - 7 days, 14 hours, 21 mins

August 2018

Imerys Clean Energy - Phil Sharp

Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland (Race Record) - 8 days, 4 hrs, 14 mins, 49 sec

May 2018

Warrior - Stephen Murray Jr.

Antigua Round the Island (Race Record) - 3 hrs 55 min and 38 sec

March 2018

Maserati - Giovanni Soldini

Hong Kong to London - 36 days, 2 hours, 37 minutes

February 2018

Rambler 88- George David

RORC Caribbean 600 (Race Record)-1 day, 13 hours, 41 minutes, 45 seconds

December 2017

LDV Comanche-Jim Cooney & Samantha Grant

Sydney to Hobart (Race Record)- 1 day, 9 hours, 15 minutes, 24 seconds

December 2017

MACIF - Francois Gabart

Solo Circumnavigation (outright)-42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes, 35 seconds

November 2017

MACIF - Francois Gabart

24hr Distance - Singlehanded - 826 nm,  34.4 kts

November 2017

Sodebo - Thomas Coville & Jean-luc Nelias

Transat Jacques Vabre

July 2017

Sodebo Ultim - Thomas Coville

Transatlantic Outright (Westbound, solo) - 4 days, 11 hours, 10 minutes, 23 seconds

July 2017

Prospector - Paul McDowell, David Siwicki, Larry Landry

Marblehead - Halifax (Race Record) - 2 days, 11 hours, 14 minutes

July 2017

IDEC Sport - Francis Joyon

Transatlantic Outright (Westbound, solo) - 5 days, 2 hours and 7 minutes

July 2017

Comanche - Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark

Transpac Yacht Race (Race Record) - 5 days, 1 hour, 55 minutes, 26 seconds

July 2017

Mighty Merloe - HL Enloe, Loick Peyron

Transpac Yacht Race (Race Record) - 4 days, 6 hours, 33 minutes, 30 seconds

July 2017

Team Concise - Tony Lawson, Ned Collier Wakefield

Round the Island (Race Record) - 2 hours, 22 minutes, 23 seconds

January 2017

IDEC Sport - Francis Joyon

Jules Verne Trophy - 40 days, 23 hours and 30 seconds

January 2017

Banque Populaire VIII - Armel Le Cléac'h

Solo Circumnavigation (Monohull) - 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes, 46 seconds

December 2016

Sodedo Ultime - Thomas Coville

Solo Circumnavigation (Outright) - 49 days, 3 hours, 7 minutes, 38 seconds

December 2016

Perpetual Loyal - Anthony Bell

Sydney to Hobart (Race Record) - 1 days 13 hours 31 minutes 20 seconds

September 2016

Phaedo 3 / Brian Thompson

Around the Isle of Wight - 2 days 2 minutes 31 seconds

August 2016

Phaedo 3 / Thornburg, Thompson

Around Ireland - Outright - 1 day 12 hours 52 minutes 04 seconds

July 2016

Comanche / Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark

Transatlantic, New York to the Lizard - Monohull - 5 days 14 hours 21 minutes 25 seconds

July 2016

Macif / Francois Gabart

24hr Distance - Singlehanded - 784 nm,  32.67 kts

June 2016

Comanche - Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark

Newport - Bermuda (Race Record) -34 hour 42 minute 53 seconds

January 2016

Spindrift 2 / Dona Bertarelli

Fastest Circumnavigation by a Female Sailor Spindrift 2 47d 10h 59m

September 2015

Phaedo 3 - Thornburg / Thompson

Fastnet (Original) Course - Outright -1 day 3 hours 42 minutes 26 seconds

September 2015

Phaedo 3 / Lloyd Thornburg, Brian Thompson

Plymouth to La Rochelle - Outright - 14 hours 05 minutes 20 seconds

July 2015

Comanche / Jim Clark, Ken Read

24hr Distance - Monohull Comanche 25.75knts

February 2015

Phaedo 3 - Lloyd Thornburg

Caribbean 600 (Race Record) - 1 day, 9 hours, 35 minutes

August 2014

Team SCA / Sam Davies

Around Britain and Ireland - Outright Women - 4 days 21 hours 39 seconds

August 2014

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing / Ian Walker

Around Britain and Ireland - Outright Monohull - 4 days, 13 hours, 10 minutes, 28 seconds

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3Di™ is a unique, patented sailmaking technology that produces the world’s fastest and most durable sails. 3Di sails mirror the balanced load bearing and shape holding of a rigid airfoil wing. They are composed of ultra-thin unidirectional spread filament tapes, pre-impregnated with thermoset adhesive, arranged in a complex multiple-axis array, and three-dimensionally molded into a one-piece, flexible composite membrane.

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