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Offshore sailors tackle miles at record pace with North Sails 3Di
North Sails clients have broken 17 world sailing records since 2014, all using 3Di sails. These sailors made history with determination, tireless energy and a killer team. Recently Francis Joyon and his IDEC crew stole the spotlight, when they claimed the coveted Jules Verne trophy for the fastest circumnavigation on record, 40 days, on January 26, 2017.
Only six weeks before IDEC’s historic finish, French sailor Armel Le Cléac’h set the singlehanded monohull around-the-world record (74 days) during his fourth 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 our unique and patented 3Di technology in the grand prix race arena about seven years ago. Since then 3Di has proven to be a game-changing product line, particularly for long distance, ocean going performance yachts. We are proud to contribute to clients who continue set new benchmarks in the sport, and we look forward to providing the most trusted and proven sail technology to sailors all over the globe.