This sail, designed and developed by North Sails Mike Marshall with input from a bunch of talented sailors and sail designers, reflects a big step forward in Optimist sailing; it is designed to excel in a wide range of conditions and more importantly, to accommodate the more physical way the boat is sailed today. With proper tuning, this North MNR Optimist sail has a very dynamic range, and seems only to get faster (than the competition) as the breeze increases.
There were two North MNR Optimist sails in fleet yesterday, Annie Sitzmann(11 years old) and Skye Johnson(13 years old), both using these sails for the very first time. They learned quickly, and showed incredible acceleration off the starting line, and blazing straight-line speed up and downwind. A few times their starts weren’t ideal, yet they were able to hold their lanes and still find clear air. This was a dramatic scene, as once these two got free, they were untouchable. In fact, all 5 races yesterday were won by a North MNR sail, and overall, North Sails swept the podium, with the MNR2 and MNR3 sails first and second, and third place going to a North R4 sail. Wow!