North Sails Become Global Ocean Race Partner.

The Global Ocean race has added another big name to its list of partners. North Sails will become an official Race Partner for the Global Ocean Race 2011-12.

In an innovative move, North Sails will also be designing a new generation of downwind sails that will be specifically for the Global Ocean Race – the GOR Code 5 and the GOR Code 3. The Global Ocean Race NOR (Notice of Race) permits entries to carry up to ten sails, of which four can be constructed in an exotic material. This is a higher allowance than normal Class40 regulations and allows for some advances in sail design tailored for the event.

For Josh Hall, Race Director of the Global Ocean Race, this development represents a major gain for the teams.

“With our policy on sails we believe that our entries will benefit from a speed and reliability standpoint which in fact translates into a safety benefit as well. We expect very close racing at high speeds and breaking sails will only slow an entry down, perhaps dropping behind the rest of the fleet and therefore becoming exposed. We also think that for an around the world race a greater depth of sail choice and sail overlap is required and it is fantastic that North Sails will be designing some exciting new downwind sails specifically for the race.”

Bruno Dubois from North Sails, France said:

“We followed the 2008-09 race with great interest and indeed supplied sail inventory to the winner Beluga Racer as well as other entries. We have had a long-standing relationship with Josh Hall and we are very happy to become an official Race Partner in what will be an amazing event. We are very excited to be able to develop some new sail choices for the race and look forward to working on these with the race organisers and Class40.”