North Sails works closely with a number of the 470 teams around the globe to develop and refine shapes to perfection. Our Japanese designs won five medals at the 2016 Olympics, and 80% of the sailors in Rio used our designs.

The designers at North Sails Japan are constantly working to make our sails faster. The N14-L18 mainsail developed with Mat Belcher has been launched for the 2017 season.

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470 N14-L18 Mainsail

New for 2017!

The new N14-L18 Mainsail was developed for Mat Belcher by the North Sails Japan design team. Its powerful depth in the head gives an ideal twist for driving the boat to speed and for quick acceleration in planing conditions. Lower drag is created by tweaking the bottom half shape, which improves both speed and pointing performance under full power conditions. "I am very fond...

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470 N13-L16 Mainsail

Designed by North Sails Japan, the N13-L16 is made from the same mold of N13-L12 with horizontal panels in the top section. This panel layout makes the exit straighter and the trimming easier, while improving pointing ability in light/medium conditions. One of the biggest advantages of buying a North radial is that you can customize it to match your mast bend profile, sailing weight,...

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470 N12-L9B- Mainsail

Designed by North Sails Japan, this sail was used to win the gold medal at both the 2016 Worlds and the Rio Olympics. It is one of the most successful designs in the women's fleet. The big advantage is boat speed performance and forgiveness in "vang-on" conditions and strong wind. It also performs very well in light wind. Used by top...

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470 N13-L12 Mainsail

Designed by the experts at North Sails Japan, the N13-L12 is one of the most successful designs in the men's fleet. It features a powerful top that twists open for speed. It is an easy sail to trim, with a wider range of sailing angles between pointing mode and speed mode. A great all-around design that covers light to strong winds, especially...

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470 D5-R Mainsail

This Japanese design will help you achieve a new performance level. The leech is easy to set at ideal top twist profile, so you have better control both in high mode and speed mode. It's easy to sail higher in 7-10 knots of wind, especially in flat water. One of the biggest advantages of a North radial is that you can customize...

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Headsails

470 S5-B4 Jib

This Japanese bi-radial design has won six Olympic gold medals and has been used by more than 90% of the world's top teams since 2004. It covers a wide wind range with a slightly rounder entry and straighter exit. For best performance, add some wrinkles along the luff in flat water and remove them in chop.

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470 S24-B4 Jib

The S5-B4 jib has been very popular with the world's top teams for many years. We converted that sail to a new mold using the latest design software. The result is the S24-B4 jib, which has a similar depth and profile. We modified the tack to make that area smooth and wrinkle-free, and also made the entry finer. The foot was reshaped to make the air...

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Spinnakers

470 V-2 Spinnaker

This Japanese-designed spinnaker has won four Olympic gold medals! The V-2 is considered a standard all-around spinnaker in the 470 class because it is used by 90% of the world's top teams.  The slightly flatter design allows sailing higher in light wind. Excellent stability makes radical steering in waves possible, keeping the best VMG in all conditions. Made in .75 oz spinnaker...

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470 V-3 Spinnaker

The V-3 is a Japanese design with a deeper top half than the V-2. That makes it more stable, and easier to trim especially in choppy conditions. The ease of trim and stability makes it possible for crews to focus more on the waves or to look around. It also works well in conditions when it is difficult to trim correctly or to keep a flying shape without flapping....

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470 A-2 Spinnaker

The A-2 Japanese model has the biggest projected area and is our most powerful 470 spinnaker. Excellent for running and broad reaching in medium winds. This spinnaker makes it easy to sail lower, even in choppy condition. Made out of  in .75 oz.spinnaker cloth Available colors: white, red and blue

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Yokohama, Japan
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Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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Carasco, Italy
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Barcelona, Spain
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