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EXTREME OCEAN TESTED

Offshore sailors tackle miles at record pace with North Sails 3Di

North Sails clients have broken 22 world sailing records since 2014, all using 3Di sails. These sailors made history with determination, tireless energy and a killer team. Recently, North-powered clients stole the spotlight in the 2017 Transpac Race, with HL Enloe and his crew on Mighty Merloe breaking the 20-year old multihull course record (set by Bruno Peyron’s Commodore Explorer) and Jim Clark’s Comanche smashing the monohull course record.  While both of these racing machines require the utmost durability, both boats opted for North’s lightest weight product, North Sails 3Di RAW.

Francis Joyon and his IDEC crew claimed the coveted Jules Verne trophy for the fastest circumnavigation on record, 40 days, on January 26, 2017. Only six weeks before their historic finish, French sailor Armel Le Cléac’h set the singlehanded monohull around-the-world record (74 days) during his third Vendée Globe – the famous singlehanded offshore race where upwards of 20 skippers start and finish from the port town of Les Sables d’Olonne, France. On none other than Christmas Day, Thomas Coville accomplished his lifelong goal of completing the fastest solo circumnavigation by any sailor. As a matter of fact, he smashed the record by over eight days.

The level of participation and success witnessed in offshore sailing these past few years is perhaps unprecedented, and the advances in sailmaking are proven. Thomas Coville’s 3Di ENDURANCE mainsail had 75,000 miles (the equivalent of three times around the world) logged when he broke the singlehanded east-about circumnavigation record. Before 3Di sails went to market, one lap of the globe required multiple sail inventories.

North Sails introduced its unique and patented 3Di technology seven years ago. Since then, 3Di has proven itself as a game-changing product line; on platforms ranging from long distance, ocean going yachts to small boat, high performance one design. We are proud to support clients who continue to set new benchmarks in the sport, and look forward to providing the most trusted and proven sail technology to sailors all over the globe.

Record Breaking Performance

July 2017

Sodebo Ultim - Thomas Coville

Transatlantic Outright (Westbound, solo) - 4 days, 11 hours, 10 minutes, 23 seconds

July 2017

Prospector - Paul McDowell, David Siwicki

Marblehead - Halifax (Race Record) - 2 days, 11 hours, 14 minutes

July 2017

IDEC Sport - Francis Joyon

Transatlantic Outright (Westbound, solo) - 5 days, 2 hours and 7 minutes

July 2017

Comanche - Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark

Transpac Yacht Race (Race Record) - 5 days, 1 hour, 55 minutes, 26 seconds

July 2017

Mighty Merloe - HL Enloe, Loick Peyron

Transpac Yacht Race (Race Record) - 4 days, 6 hours, 33 minutes, 30 seconds

July 2017

Team Concise - Tony Lawson, Ned Collier Wakefield

Round the Island (Race Record) - 2 hours, 22 minutes, 23 seconds

January 2017

IDEC Sport - Francis Joyon

Jules Verne Trophy - 40 days, 23 hours and 30 seconds

January 2017

Banque Populaire VIII - Armel Le Cléac'h

Solo Circumnavigation (Monohull) - 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes, 46 seconds

December 2016

Sodedo Ultime - Thomas Coville

Solo Circumnavigation (Outright) - 49 days, 3 hours, 7 minutes, 38 seconds

January 2016

Spindrift 2 / Dona Bertarelli

Fastest Circumnavigation by a Female Sailor Spindrift 2 47d 10h 59m

August 2014

Team SCA / Sam Davies

Around Britain and Ireland - Outright Women - 4 days 21 hours 39 seconds

July 2016

Comanche / Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark

Transatlantic, New York to the Lizard - Monohull - 5 days 14 hours 21 minutes 25 seconds

August 2014

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing / Ian Walker

Around Britain and Ireland - Outright Monohull - 4 days, 13 hours, 10 minutes, 28 seconds

August 2016

Phaedo 3 / Thornburg, Thompson

Around Ireland - Outright - 1 day 12 hours 52 minutes 04 seconds

September 2016

Phaedo 3 / Brian Thompson

Around the Isle of Wight - 2 days 2 minutes 31 seconds

September 2015

Phaedo 3 - Thornburg / Thompson

Fastnet (Original) Course - Outright -1 day 3 hours 42 minutes 26 seconds

July 2016

Macif / Francois Gabart

24hr Distance - Singlehanded - 784 nm,  32.67 kts

July 2015

Comanche / Jim Clark, Ken Read

24hr Distance - Monohull Comanche 25.75knts

December 2016

Perpetual Loyal - Anthony Bell

Sydney to Hobart (Race Record) - 1 days 13 hours 31 minutes 20 seconds

September 2015

Phaedo 3 / Lloyd Thornburg, Brian Thompson

Plymouth to La Rochelle - Outright - 14 hours 05 minutes 20 seconds

June 2016

Comanche - Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark

Newport - Bermuda (Race Record) -34 hour 42 minute 53 seconds

February 2015

Phaedo 3 - Lloyd Thornburg

Caribbean 600 (Race Record) - 1 day, 9 hours, 35 minutes

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3Di™ is a unique, patented sailmaking technology that produces the world’s fastest and most durable sails. 3Di sails mirror the balanced load bearing and shape holding of a rigid airfoil wing. They are composed of ultra-thin unidirectional spread filament tapes, pre-impregnated with thermoset adhesive, arranged in a complex multiple-axis array, and three-dimensionally molded into a one-piece, flexible composite membrane.

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