22 September 2019
J Class & North Sails confirm continuation of official partnership
The J Class Association is excited to confirm the continuation of their partnership with North Sails as the Official Sailmaking Partner. Combining unprecedented experience and heritage in the class, the world's leading sailmaker is the sailmaker of choice for the J Class fleet and is set to continue to provide support on and off the water as the Class builds towards and exciting year in 2021 as the current America's Cup cycle culminates in New Zealand.
The J Class Association was founded in 2000 to protect the interests of the Class, present and future. Class Secretary Louise Morton said: "The J Class Association is pleased to continue our very successful partnership with North Sails. North Sails will continue to provide on-site service at regattas, as well as helping to showcase our class to the wider sailing world. Feedback from our owners is unanimous that they truly benefit from the North Sails design expertise, global loft network, world class customer service and cutting edge products as the racing gets ever more competitive and international."
North Sails have an exceptional team working across the J Class fleet with relationships built up over many years. The team understands the needs and desires of the owners combined with their knowledge of the latest technology to ensure the perfect sail selection. Combining performance, strength and durability, 3Di is the perfect technology for the J Class and the owners have benefited from the ever growing expansion of North 3Di product offerings to improve and optimize performance. A range of North sails are used across the fleet to fulfill needs from racing to cruising, more advanced racing, charters and day sailing.
"The J Class is a rare blend of classic designs using the latest advancements in modern technology," said North Sails President Ken Read. "Following a raft of new builds, refits and renewed energy on the circuit over the last few years, the future looks bright for J Class owners as they ramp up racing with an eye on New Zealand when these beautiful classic yachts will be able to join the excitement of racing alongside the America's Cup. The J Class boats are the most unique fleet of boats in the world and North Sails is proud to power the majority of the class. Combining the old and the new in a way that no other boat can do, the fleet showcases so much that is great about sailing."
In 2021 the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron will host regattas in the Bay of Islands and Auckland to commemorate the Squadron's 150th year and celebrate the return of the America's Cup to their shores. In the meantime, the fleet will continue to race at the world's most prestigious events in 2019 and 2020, including the Superyacht Challenge Antigua, and then full schedule of events in New Zealand in 2021.