New Helm at North

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North Sails announced today that Volvo Ocean Race skipper and veteran sailmaker Ken Read will return to North Sails in the role of president in early January, 2013. Read will take over for current president Gary Weisman, who has served at the helm of the world’s largest sailmaker for 16 years, and who plans to  … Read more

For Sale

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north sale (Source: Sailing Anarchy)Every business is for sale, pretty much all the time, but we confirmed rumors received last weekend that the biggest fish in all of sailmaking, is now firmly on the block. Insiders told us on Friday that Windway Capital – the entity that owns the entire North Technology Group – is  … Read more

Twisted

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Twisted Flow Wind Tunnel in Auckland   Another great insight into the world of sails by Peter Gustafsson and first published on Blur.se: Sails are fascinating. It doesn’t matter how much you learn about how they should look and be trimmed, there’s always areas you don’t understand and need to lear more about. If you’re  … Read more

The science

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Peter Gustafsson from Blur.se recently wrote a definitive article on the construction of North Sails 3di sails which we posted here on Rigging News. Now, check out his follow up story ‘Michael  Richelsen – The science of Sails’, another fascinating read: When North Sails released their video on design, starring Michael Richelsen above, I thought it  … Read more

New TPT plotter in operation for Southern Spars

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – A brand-new thin ply technology (TPT) plotter is now operational at Southern Spars’ Auckland-based Custom Projects facility, adding another component in the company’s drive for higher performing, lighter and stiffer spars. The installation and commissioning of the new automated TPT plotter is another step in the company’s redevelopment of its New  … Read more

The Guts Behind the Gear

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(Source: SAIL Magazine / Harken) Harken has been supplying gear to America’s Cup competitors since the early 1970s, and been providing the winch and hardware packages for both challenger and defender since the 1995 match. “As you would expect, the Cup match in Valencia was very interesting,” says Harken’s Global Sales Manager, Mark Wiss. Harken  … Read more

Not Strictly Rigging

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But a great article nonetheless. Published by http://www.blur.se/, we get a look at the latest 3Di technology from North Sails. Thanks to Peter for allowing us to publish it: North Sails 3Di We’re seeing those very distinctive grey sails showing up on some of the TP52’s, on a few RC44 and soon on both VO70  … Read more