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Story Contributors: Tim Healy


North clients win World and Corinthian title in Newport, RI

Drew Freides (USA) and his Pacific Yankee crew have been crowned Melges 20 World Champions after eight races in conditions ranging from 6-20 knots in Newport, Rhode Island. Friedes has put his time in with the Melges 20 over the last three years, and his first world championship is a sweet reward.

Special congratulations to Justin Quigg (CAN) who is the 2017 Melges 20 Corinthian Champion. Justin and his CHARACTER 2.0 crew commanded the World all-amateur division and finished 19th in the regatta overall.

With North 3D technology and design expertise as the common denominator, clients secured six of the top 10 World Championship places with North Sails inventories. Freides relied on the tried and true 3DL to power this win, while Quigg put all his trust in the new 3Di Melges 20 inventory.

“Not all sails are created equal. Most sails are fast out of the bag, but where 3Di shines is its longevity over a series,” said Tim Healy, North Sails One Design President. “The Melges 20 Worlds has proven 3Di as an all-purpose inventory that is versatile and holds its shape over a wide wind range. North’s development and design team have been able to adapt this Grand Prix sail technology to fit small keelboats with limited season buttons. We hoped that the Melges 20 fleet would embrace 3Di and we now have the results to support this.”

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Tim Healy

One Design Expert — Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Tim has won 18 major titles including two World Championships in the J/24 class. A three-time All-American Sailor at St. Mary’s College in Maryland, Healy also won a Gold Medal at the 2003 Pan American Games. His recent success in the...