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North Sails NEWS

December 29, 2018

2018 was a great year for North Sails. Since we believe helping our customers gain expertise will lead to even better sailing experiences in 2019, we’ve collected together our 10 most popular articles from the year. No matter what kind of sailing you enjoy—one design, America’s Cup, cruising—there’s something for you here. So without further delay, here are your top 10 picks of our best stories from 2018!

Starting Line Strategy

Where you start on the line and how much space you have to accelerate will make or break those crucial first two minutes of a race. Expert Mike Marshall shares some of his tricks to help you improve your own techniques.

2019 Product Line

3Di is the sum of multiple technologies exclusive to North Sails. For 2019, the unprecedented performance and longevity advantages of 3Di are available to everyone: family cruisers to circumnavigators, and club racers to pro sailors.

Shifting From 3DL to 3Di

In 2018, North Sails completed a 10-year transformation from 3DL string laminates to 3Di molded composite sail structures. Today’s 3Di sails deliver greater shape-holding properties and vastly improved durability compared to any mylar and string laminated sail.

One Design Speed Guides

Our Speed Guides help you leverage our expertise to make the most of your one design racing. Increasing your knowledge and confidence will help you focus on the best part of sailing, having fun. We’re continually adding guides; is your favorite one design class included?

Confirmed Supplier for the 36th America’s Cup

North Sails is proud to continue a 35-plus year legacy of experience in this historic competition. We are already designing and delivering market-leading products for the top-ranked America’s Cup teams.

Learn to Love Sailing in Heavy Air

If sailing in strong breeze isn’t your strong suit, you’re not alone. One Design Expert Chris Snow explains how to handle those days when the breeze is up and your confidence is down.

Developing Softwing Technology

North Technology Group has a long and deep shared history with the America’s Cup. Both North Sails and Southern Spars have been integral to development over the last several Cup cycles, and our revolutionary 3Di sail technology and proprietary North Design Suite helped make the futuristic Softwings possible.

45,000 Miles Of Extreme Ocean Testing

The Volvo Ocean Race has long been a proving ground for the best offshore sailors in the world, as well as for the industry-leading companies who supply their equipment. North Sails designed, built, and maintained the one design sail inventory for the 2017-18 fleet; here’s what we learned.

Strengths Of Our Design Team

Take a peek behind the scenes to learn how our experts combine sailing expertise, design skills, and the North Design Suite to optimize performance.

The Value Of 3Di

North Sails 3Di provides outstanding value by combining industry-leading shape-holding with increased service life, compared to other sailmaking technologies. Do the math, and you’ll find that 3Di sails have a lower cost of ownership than any other sails in the world.