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‘How To’ Video Series with Bouwe Bekking

We’ve teamed up with our friends at X-Yachts and are excited to release an all-new ‘How To’ video series aimed at every type of cruiser. All seven videos are now… Read More

ARC Preparations & Cruising Sail Selection for Offshore

North Sails cruising experts Jeremy Smart, Bob Meagher, and Ridgely MacKenzie join World Cruising Club’s Andrew Bishop to discuss sail selection for offshore bluewater sailing and ARC Preparations. This webinar… Read More

Cruising Inventory Recommendations for Light Air

Being prepared for whatever Mother Nature serves up is key to maximizing your cruising adventures. Our cruising experts share their inventory top pick, which sails to consider adding and light… Read More

Family Cruising: Long Term Sailing with Littles

In the fall of 2019, Katrin (“Kat”) German and Warwick (“Wazza”) Kerr left Mallorca, Spain, and sailed to the Caribbean with their three year old son, Kilian. The plan for… Read More

First Impressions of the Helix Furling Gennaker

I’ve been fortunate to serve hundreds of cruising multihull sailors in the past 20 years, often with downwind sails designed to eliminate the terrible feeling of performance loss when these… Read More

Full-Batten vs. Standard Cruising Mainsails

For North Sails Cruising Mainsails, full-battens or standard battens each provide different cruising benefits. Here’s a summary of the differences to help you understand which sail type is best for… Read More

Best Sail Inventories for Cruising

One of the many great things about sailing is the ability to choose how long you want to be out on the boat. Day sailors prefer to sleep on dry… Read More

How Do You Choose to Challenge?

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day with the global theme “Choose to Challenge”. A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions… Read More

The Helix Furling Gennaker: Your New Favorite Cruising Sail

In the old days, you had two options for making it to your destination in time for cocktail hour: start the engine, or go below to lug a bulky spinnaker… Read More

The Difference Between a Spinnaker and a Gennaker

Like the Spork (a combination of spoon and fork), the name gennaker came from combining two very different sail types into one: a genoa and a spinnaker. Unlike the spork,… Read More