North Sails: News Details


New 420 batten Jib from North wins on its first outing!

Rob Wilson

At The Club Vela Blanes International Regatta.

Tim Riley and Luke Burywood have won the 420 class and overall championship at The Club Vela Blanes International Regatta, held between the 2nd & 5th January 2013. 

The regatta held in Blanes Spain consisted of 9 races in a wide variety of conditions including an offshore, northerly 12 to 18 knot breeze with a 2 metre easterly swell and the more typical early morning North West 5 to 8 knot breeze.

The races started at 9am which resulted in having to rig in the dark and hitting the water at first light, which was normally accompanied by a stunning sunrise.

Luke and Tim won the event with a race to spare have put in a very consistent series including 5 firsts in often very tricky conditions.

The boys used the North  M9 Main, the new J12 battened jib, the first time it has been used at a regatta since the new rules changes came into effect and the 42S1 Spinnaker which compliments their weight and gives great flexibility  in these wide ranging conditions.

Luke commented ‘it was great to sail in some sunshine and have good boat speed which made it easier to get to the pressure first’

Tim added ‘the changeable conditions made it important to have sails that can deal with the different wind strengths we saw each day.

To find out more about the new jib please see our 420 Class page or contact our Class Experts.