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North Sails is once again the Official Sailmaking Partner for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, which covers 45,000 nautical miles and four equator crossings. Our unique 3Di technology proved itself worthy of this epic adventure in the last two editions of the race and has been the sail of choice for every VOR podium finisher since 2010. Seven teams carry a revised VO65 inventory, based on lessons learned during the 2014-15 Race.

Since 1973, the Volvo Ocean Race has kept an almost mythical hold over some of the greatest sailors on the ocean – and the 2017-18 edition will take the teams across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark host cities.

Volvo Ocean Race NEWS

The Volvo Ocean Race has long been considered a proving ground for the best offshore sailors in the world. And for the industry-leading marine companies who supply the equipment on… Read More

June 28, 2018

A Race Of Superlatives

Like every other serious sailor on the planet I was glued to the Volvo Ocean Race tracker and live updates through the last day and a half of the Volvo… Read More

June 1, 2018

Tips From The Boatyard

Within the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard sits a communal sail loft which provides service and repairs for all seven teams sailing in the 2017-18 edition of the race. The sail… Read More

What does an extreme event like the Volvo Ocean Race have in common with the distance racing most of us do? We asked race veterans (and North Sails employees) for… Read More

Vestas 11th Hour’s skipper (and North Sails expert) Charlie Enright stopped by our Newport office on his brief trip home before the start of Leg 3 from Cape Town. We… Read More

Building on its success with 3Di across grand prix, offshore and superyacht fleets, North Sails has launched a new variant tailored specifically for downwind applications. For the Volvo Ocean Race… Read More

The Volvo Ocean 65 A3 is unique because it is shaped like an Asymmetric Spinnaker, built like an upwind sail and furls like a genoa. The sail structure is 3Di… Read More

A new rule change for 2017-18 has brought women back to the center of the Volvo Ocean Race by leaving all-male crews at a significant disadvantage. The rule pays homage… Read More

North Sails have powered eight out of nine Volvo Ocean Race winners to victory since 1989 – here are 8 things you should know about the bespoke sails designed and… Read More

With the Alicante in-port race kicking off this weekend and the start of Leg 1 fast approaching, the Volvo Ocean Race’s Boatyard Sail Loft manager Nathan Quirk and Neil Cox,… Read More

North Sails has been the exclusive official supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race since the debut of the VO65 one design fleet in the 2014-15 edition. Now, after analyzing extensive… Read More

North Sails expert and Volvo Ocean Race skipper, Charlie Enright, has logged thousands of miles on the world’s oceans. As Charlie looks toward his next adventure onboard Team Vestas /… Read More

The Fastnet Race is among the most challenging offshore races in the world, and this year was no exception with a record 368 boats crossing the start line in Cowes…. Read More

The Volvo Ocean Race announced today that North Sails is the exclusive sail supplier for the 2017-18 edition. One of the ocean’s toughest races, the VOR draws the world’s most… Read More

2017-18 Race Inventory

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