North Sails has been active in the Lightning Class for nearly seven decades and our commitment to growing and supporting the class continues to this day. Our Lightning designs are consistently proven winners for our clients at the regional, National and World level. We offer two distinct design choices so we can help fit you into the design that best suits your sailing style! If you aren’t certain which would be right for your team, contact one of our Lightning experts.
The North M-5 Mainsail has proven to be a total all-around performer in all sailing conditions and has been part of inventories that have helped clients win around the globe from fleet to world championships. Our custom headboard as well as computer designed clew and head patches help the M-5 maintain a smooth shape. Built out of 3.8 oz. yarn-tempered...
The MF-2 Mainsail is a forgiving and true all-around performer that offers consistent speed in all conditions. The "fanned" panel layout helps increase durability and shape control in a breeze. Computer designed custom clew and head patches help achieve an optimal smooth shape and increase the MF-2's durability and shape holding. The MF-2 is designed to work with a pre-set...
The 5A+ jib may be the "winningest" jib design in ILCA history. It's designed with plenty of power for lighter conditions but can still be flattened quickly for lighter teams and heavier air. The 5A+ can be trimmed up to 5" inside the tip of the spreader for short periods of time, though it prefers 2-3” inside the spreader tip...
The JF-2 is a powerful design with a full entry creating a forgiving steering groove . In most conditions teams find the sail performs best when the leech is trimmed about 2” inside the spreader. This makes the sail easy to set up and trim for maximum speed. The JF-2 has been used to win multiple class championships and has...
The new RJF Radial jib was developed using the proven fast shape of the JF-2 jib and is a perfect match for the MF-2 "Fisher" mainsail. The radial panels in the high load areas create a sail that is very smooth as well as help retain the sails designed shape through a wide wind range.
The R-2 Spinnaker has been the class standard for use as an all purpose spinnaker for many years. As a sail that has been used to win every World, regional and area championship, the R2 has proven itself as the "speed standard" Lightning sailors worldwide. The radial design makes it a durable sail that will hold its shape on both...
Our newest sail design is the radial DSD SuperMax. The DSD spinnaker was designed with a focus on maximizing running and broad reaching performance. The vertical profile makes the sail very smooth and powerful while the horizontal profile allows the sail to maximize projected area when running deep This allows for open leeches which provides excellent VMG performancel. This sail...
Lightning Deck Cover
Dual purpose deck cover can be used alone with mast in place as shown above as well as when trailering. Constructed using rugged 12 oz premium polyester 900D fabric, North Sails boat covers will give you piece of mind when storing your Lightning or taking it on the road.
Lightning Hull Cover
Sturdy hand grabs aid in pulling bottom cover under boat and over trailer. Mesh ventilation ports located over transom flaps. Constructed using rugged 12 oz premium polyester 900D fabric, North Sails boat covers will give you piece of mind when storing your Lightning or taking it on the road.
Lightning Front Hiking Strap
Lightning Middle Hiking Strap
Lightning Aft Hiking Strap
Lightning Boom Whoopie
The North Sails lightweight boom whoopie is an easy to install option as a mainsheet sag preventer. Installed with strong, double sided adhedsive tape it keeps the slack mainsheet from catching on cleats and people during jibes and anytime the mainsheet is slack.