How To Guides

We’re here to help. North Sails has a wealth of information that we want to share with you. Whether it is tips on getting around the racecourse, trimming your sails or cruising techniques – we aim to document our knowledge to help improve your sailing. Use our How To section to search for content and read about topics of interest to you.

One of the common questions we get at North Sails is “Which jib is “better, the J-2 or the J-6?” The answer is: Both jibs are great, but they fill… Read More

Find your groove. Get your numbers. Be confident in all wind conditions. After countless hours sailing, testing, and competing in the Melges 24 our tuning guide will help you achieve… Read More

The 2019 J/70 Worlds had a great showing, with 77 boats and 36 Corinthian teams. We interviewed Marshall King on Soak Racing about winning the 2019 Corinthian World title, his… Read More

With just three sails for all conditions, the ability to reef both the main and jib of the IC37 is crucial to sailing the boat in heavier air. The best… Read More

2019 J/105 North Americans Tool Kit | North Sails

The 2019 J/105 British Virgin Islands North Americans in Marblehead is just around the corner. Is your team ready? Our J/105 Tool Kit will help. Created just for J/105 sailors,… Read More

J/24 US Nationals Local Knowledge| North Sails

They call Rochester “Leftchester”.  But of course it is not always that simple! We asked North Sails expert and Rochester local Mike Ingham what sailors should expect when they leave… Read More

Viper 640 World Championship | North Sails

Long Beach is hands down the best place to race sailboats in Southern California. With sunny skies, warm temperatures and consistent breeze, the 2019 Viper 640 Worlds should be a… Read More

2019 J/70 Worlds - Local Knowledge | North Sails

The J70 World Championship takes place August 29th to September 6th 2019, with the UK Nationals as a warmup regatta from 23-26 August. Host Royal Torbay Yacht Club is on… Read More

J/70 Worlds Tool Kit | North Sails

Teams around the world are heading to Torbay in Torquay, England for the much anticipated J/70 World Championships. Our 2019 tool kit features tips on boat speed, boat handling, crew… Read More

J/111 Tool Kit | North Sails

The J/111 Worlds is just around the corner. Is your team ready? This Tool Kit will help. Created just for J/111 sailors, by our J/111 expert team. There is no… Read More

J/109 Tool Kit | North Sails

The J/109 North Americans is just around the corner. Is your team ready? This Tool Kit will help. Created just for J/109 sailors, by our J/109 expert team. Pulling all… Read More

2019 J/24 North Americans | North Sails

North Sails is never satisfied when it comes to making faster sails and offering information to help clients optimize the performance of the sails. With decades of experience sailing the … Read More

IC 37 Boathandling | North Sails | Melges Performance Sailboats

North Sails experts have been busy figuring out the IC37 since the first boat became available in 2018. In Volume Four of our class tips, we suggest solutions to some… Read More

Optimist Tool Kit | North Sails

Heading to Antigua? North Sails will be there! Our Opti experts put together this guide to help you prepare. There is no better performance test of an Optimist sail than… Read More

Optimist Designs | North Sails

Countless times a sailor, coach, or parent asks me, “How do I decide what Opti sail to buy?” The answer involves a number of different factors, some more important than… Read More