North Sails video published Dec 23, 2019: Super Maxi BlackJack skipper Mark Bradford is spending the days leading up to the 2019 Sydney to Hobart running through a pre-race work list, putting the boat’s new North 3Di sails through their paces before heading offshore.
Here are the highlights of what North Sails learned from a team that is always pushing boundaries.
3Di Carries Across the Range: BlackJack’s mantra is to be fast in light air, and the new lightweight 3Di sails have improved the boat’s performance under 8 knots. BlackJack has recently added Helix, further increasing the versatility of its inventory. Durability Matters: 3Di improves both strength and durability. “The miles and hours that we can put on the sails these days are just far superior to what we have seen in the past and what competing sailmakers can offer,” Bradford says. “North Sails engineering and manufacturing processes are second to none, and our confidence is extremely high that the failure rate will be next to nothing.”The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is organized by Cruising Yacht Club of Australia with the co-operation of Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, and starts 1:00 pm, December 26 (Boxing Day) in Sydney, Australia (which is Dec 25, 9pm EST in the U.S.).
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