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La technologie Helix est maintenant en standard sur toutes les voiles code de North Sails


Leader mondial dans la voilerie, North Sails repousse constamment les limites des performances. 2022 est une année charnière pour la technologie Helix à guindant structuré de la marque, qui annonce que ce principe de conception révolutionnaire est maintenant standard sur toutes les voiles code de régate et sur le gennaker helix à enroulement pour la plaisance, dès à présent. North Sails a aussi pris des mesures pour élargir sa gamme pour inclure la technologie Helix en option pour les voiles d’avant.

En dépit de sa courte existence, l’impact d’Helix est une révélation. Jusqu’à janvier 2022, North Sails a vendu plus de deux mille voiles code Helix, avec des résultats incroyables dans toutes les catégories, des équipes Grand Prix aux plaisanciers du week-end. Avec ces deux développements audacieux, North Sails souhaite étendre l’héritage de cette innovation révolutionnaire, qu’elle imagine devenir un principe de conception emblématique, synonyme de la marque North Sails.

The Evolution of Helix

Once limited to offshore Grand Prix, Helix Code sails have quickly become the go-to tool for improving aerodynamics and increasing range. With its unique DNA-like structured luff, Helix has given sailors another gear offwind, enhancing power potential by optimizing load sharing, for a proactive, positive sail shape.

A defining moment in its development, the 36th America’s Cup saw Helix applied to upwind sails to great effect, with Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, and INEOS Team UK displaying unprecedented speed and control upwind. 

“Today Helix is more than a single feature,” explains JB Braun, North Sails Director of Design and Engineering. “It’s a total design philosophy that radically changes how sails are engineered, built, and flown. Guided by a bespoke, data-driven process, North Sails designers engineer each sail’s structure to improve its aerodynamics.”

The Benefits

In most cases, the result of this process is a reduction in load running through your equipment, having the obvious immediate effect of minimizing wear and tear. However, the primary benefit, in terms of performance and practicality, of both Helix Upwind and Offwind is a versatile inventory that carries across a wide range, while also reducing the number of sails required. 

Helix Offwind

Helix Offwind can reduce the overall load on any free-flying sail, whether 3Di or panel construction, for a more forward projecting sail and increased range. Featuring a stretch-resistant structured luff and purpose-built high torque Luff Cord exclusively available to North Sails from its sister company Future Fibres, Helix Offwind sails deliver enhanced stability, improved luff projection, and reduced head and tack loads. 

Helix Upwind

Exclusive to North 3Di sails, Helix Upwind harnesses the sail’s composite structure in a new way to dramatically improve camber control. With its Dynamic Structured Luff, Helix Upwind defies conventional design limitations. Engineered for Active Camber Control™️, with Helix you can adjust the shape and depth of the entire sail, not just the luff ​​controlling power on the fly using a Cunningham or halyard for a wider range of use.



Helix Offwind and Upwind sails are available for order now.
Get in touch with your local North Sails loft for summer delivery.




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