North Sails 3Di™ Technology Makes Its Debut

The 3Di sailing technology designed and promoted by North Sails has finally made its debut in the Melges 20 class.


The 3Di technology will be a standard fit that you will find in the Melges 20 class. This is the commitment that North has towards the sailors with advanced sails. It is a technology that will help all sailors looking for a better water experience.

The North Sails 3Di™ Technology will help in making sails using just fiber and adhesive and there is no need of the Mylar film for the string sails anymore. There is the use of an automatic tape laying system that gives the designers perfect control on the placement and orientation of the items needed within the sail.

Tim Healy, the President of North Sails One Design, said that they have come out with a bespoke tape layout for Melges 20 class making use of the North Sails 3Di RACE. The smaller boats will be making use of the Aramid/Dyneema sails.

The introduction of the new technology means that the sailors will get a better sailing experience and user-friendly experience. It will offer a sail with a wide wind range that is what many of the sailors are looking for. Tim was happy that his team was able to make use of this technology for the one-design class. He also said that they are looking to extend the 3Di technology to more classes in 2018.

Mascalzone Latino Jr. won the 2017 Melges 20 Scarlino Championships in May and this was the first victory that a Melges 20 3Di enjoyed in the main sail event. The tactician of that Melges 20 Cameron Appleton said that he was very happy with the 3Di technology sail. The main sail was able to handle a lot more of the wind pressure than normal.

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