After the announcement that Persico Marine will be the exclusive builder for the Volvo Ocean 65 for the next season of the Volvo Ocean Race, another announcement has confirmed the sails supplier: the regatta’s partnership with North Sails has been confirmed as the official supplier for the VOR.
This choice reaffirms the brand as a world leader in competition sailing. Nick Bice, from the Volvo Ocean Race boatyard, stated, “We chose North based on various criteria, not just for its long history in this competition. Different elements contributed to the final decision, including the fact that North Sails 3DI is really good material”.
The CEO of North Sails, Ken Read, a VOR veteran, added, “The Volvo Ocean Race has always been a part of my life, having participated in three seasons. North has deep roots in this regatta, starting with Steinlager 2, eight out of the nine winners have had our sails. Performance and longevity are the pre-requisites for each piece of the new One Design”.2 March 2016