North Sails Ireland has been involved with the National 18 Class since 2004, when we built our first sails for the Crosshaven Fleet. Since then our sails have powered the winners in all of the top class events over the years. We introduced the next generation of sails in 2016: laminate square top mainsail, radial cut low clew jib, and a super powerful 21 sqm spinnaker.
The Square Top Laminate Mainsail was developed introduced in 2016. The sail is built using North Sails exclusive Xi Laminate. This Aramid laminate features a really soft Mylar and high fiber content making for a light weight but low stretch foil. The sail comes complete and ready to race with all the features you would expect from a top quality racing sail.
The new DJ-2 Jib is also built using a cloth unique to North Sails. We use our own Radian Olympic Radial Dacron to offer the lowest stretch and longest lasting sail possible. The battens are again built into the sail with internal pockets making for a really smooth construction. As part of the development we built a laminate sail but...
One of the challenges with the new boats and rigs was to decide the area of the new larger spinnaker for the class. The old style sail was quite small and we built three spinnakers in the quest to find the correct area. The final version ended up as 21sqm as a small compromise between power and ease of handling. ...