NORTH RESULTS

2014

French Ligue
1,3,4,7,9,10
Vila de Palamos 1

2013

US Nationals
1
Midwinters 1
Ireland Nationals 1
Spain Nationals Girls 1
Spain Nationals Boys 1
Great Lake Champs 1
Int'l French Cup 1,2,4,5
European Champs 1
SE Dinghy Champs 1,2,3
Marco Rizzotti Team Race 1
Palamos Trophy
1

2011

US Nationals
1
US Team Race Nationals 1
US Team Trials  1
New Englands 1
Valentine's Day Regatta 1
Trofeo Marcelo Campobasso 1
Baleares - Boys  1
Baleares - Girls 1
Finland Nationals  1
Austrian Nationals  1
Hungarian Nationals  1
Slovak Nationals  1
Czech Nationals  1
New Caledonia Nationals  1


2010

North Americans  1,2
Nationals Team Race  1
US Olympic Regatta  1,2,3
Valentine's Day  1,3,4
New Zealand N. Island Champs
1,3,4,5
Naples Cup - Boys   1
Naples Cup - Girls  1
Flanders Regatta  1,2,3
Gulf Coast Champs  1
3rd Int'l Trophy  1


Recent News
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Optimist Sprit Tension

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2014 One-Design Yearbook

A collection of winning tips and triumphs!

Optimist Ireland Nationals

North DZero6 design powers the champion!

Optimist Great Lakes

Congrats Ian Moran, powered by North DZero6!

Optimist Nationals

Luke Ingalls powered by North Sails (P4 Radial) wins the title!

Opti Gallery
Ireland Nationals
Harry Durcan, 2013 Ireland National Champion. Powered by North DZero6!
2013 Optimist Great Lakes Championship
Congratulations Ian Moran USA 18578!
Optimist USODA National Champion
Congratulations Luke Ingalls, #1 at the Nationals powered by North P4!
© David Hein
Holland Easter Regatta
Stijn Paardekooper powered by North D Zero 6
2012 Optimist European Champion
13 year old Stijn Paardekooper, 2012 European Optimist Champion using his North Sails Dzero6 sail.
2012 SE Dinghy Champs
Liza Toppa, Nico Shultz and Alie Toppa
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Team Blue Clinic
Royal Cork YC - Ireland
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Team BLUE Clinic Ireland
Thank you for your participation! Great 4-day clinic with North Team Blue Head Coach Juan Carlos Romero
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Optimist Team FOR Invitational
Congrats Sophia Reineke
© Eric Bardes - Team FOR
2011 Optimist Junior Gold Cup
Wade Waddell leading the 2011 Junior Gold Cup powered by North CZero5
© Sommers Cooper

OPTIMIST SAILS


Opti Sails - North Sails is the leader in one design sailmaking. On this page, you will find information about our complete line of Optimist sail models, Optimist tuning advice, Optimist accessories and Optimist news and results from the race course.


Ever since North Sails One Design started making sails our goal has been to make the fastest sails for any type of boat. The International Optimist Dinghy Class has always been one of our main focus points as these sailors are the one’s that we will be the future of our sport. The Optimist is the dinghy in which the young people of the world learn to sail. Sailed in over 110 countries by over 150,000 young people it is the only dinghy approved by the International Sailing Federation exclusively for sailors under 16 years of age.

North Sails One Design has been working harder than ever for the past few years developing the fastest, state-of-the-art sails for the Optimist. Sailors all over the world are desperate for that extra knot of speed and to help achieve this North Sails has had a team working full time on research and development of easy to trim fast shapes for all size Optimist sailors.

Which North design is best for me?
North Sails offers different designs based on the sailor's weight and predominant wind conditions. See our sail chart below.

Radial or X-Cut?
Radial designs are recommended for experienced sailors that are active at trimming their sails, while the X Cut designs we recommend for kids that are less active adjusting the mainsail trimming.

If you still have questions about the designs, don't hesitate to contact the North Optimist experts.




NORTH CROSSCUT DESIGNS:


 C Zero 5 X-Cut Mainsail
Sailor weight: >95lbs/43Kg
Wind Range: 0-25 knots (All-Purpose)


2011 US National Champion!



The NEW American designed C-zero-5 and D-zero-6 are true all-purpose cross-cut sails developed through extensive on-the-water testing with Christopher and Duncan Williford. Garth Reynolds and Brian Bissell teamed up with Christopher and Duncan using the N2BTS (North Two-Boat Test System) with the goal of designing all-purpose mainsails that will be competitive throughout the entire wind-range. The C-zero-5 and D-zero-6 have fine-tuned shaping throughout, allowing the sailor to find separate “fast-forward” and “point” modes at will.

Mainsail standard features:

  • Contender Polykote sailcloth
  • Mylar Window
  • Active Leech
  • IODA Button
  • Tell Tails
  • Sail Bag
  • Sail Number Installation (if sail # is provided)
  • Sail Ties

“I always felt faster than the boat next to me at the North Americans. Light air or breeze, I always had an edge. When it is windy, the C-zero-5 is easy to use in the waves. I could foot or point whenever I wanted too!” Christopher Williford, 2010 North American Champion






 D Zero 6 X-Cut Mainsail
Sailor weight: less than 95lbs/43 Kg
Wind Range: 0-25 knots (All-Purpose)


2013 Ireland National Champion!
2012 European Champion!


Stijn Paardekooper, 2012 European Champion
The NEW American designed C-zero-5 and D-zero-6 are true all-purpose cross-cut sails developed through extensive on-the-water testing with Christopher and Duncan Williford. Garth Reynolds and Brian Bissell teamed up with Christopher and Duncan using the N2BTS (North Two-Boat Test System) with the goal of designing all-purpose mainsails that will be competitive throughout the entire wind-range. The C-zero-5 and D-zero-6 have fine-tuned shaping throughout, allowing the sailor to find separate “fast-forward” and “point” modes at will.

Mainsail standard features:

  • Contender Polykote sailcloth
  • Mylar Window
  • Active Leech
  • IODA Button
  • Tell Tails
  • Sail Bag
  • Sail Number Installation (if sail # is provided)
  • Sail Ties

“Thank you very much for developing this sail! The D-zero-6 is for me in light conditions perfect and brought me the advantage on my competitors. Even when my starts where not always perfect I could develop more speed than other sailors. This resulted in a very consistent series with a ninth place as my worst score”. Stijn Paardekooper, 2012 European Champion





NORTH RADIAL DESIGNS:

 P5 Radial Mainsail
Sailor weight: > 95lbs
Wind Range: 0-25 knots (All-Purpose)

2010 Valentine's Day Champion!

The P-5 (designed by North Sails Japan) is a great all-around sail that has slightly more power in the head than the North H-08. This gives the sail a slight bias towards lighter winds, however when de-powered properly it will still perform well in the breeze.  The amount of twist designed into this sail makes it easier to trim than most cross-cuts. This sail will suit sailors over 95 lbs. 

Mainsail standard features:

  • Contender 2.99 Polykote with Radial Construction
  • Mylar Window
  • Active Leech
  • IODA Button
  • Tell Tails
  • Sail Bag




 P4 Radial Mainsail
Sailor weight: 75-95lbs/34-43 Kg
Wind Range: 0-25 knots (All-Purpose)


2013 USODA National Champion!
2008 World Champion!


The P-4 (designed by North Sails Japan) is recommended for sailors between 75-95 lbs. A very easy to use radial design, developed along the same principles as the P-5 but slightly flatter. It was used successfully to win the girls’ Optimist Worlds in 2008.

Mainsail standard features:

  • Contender 2.99 Polykote with Radial Construction
  • Mylar Window
  • Active Leech
  • IODA Button
  • Tell Tails
  • Sail Bag
  • Sail Number Installation (if sail # is provided)
  • Sail Ties








NORTH ENTRY LEVEL DESIGNS:





The new Crossover mainsail is designed for the entry level sailors that want to be competitive but need a more forgiving sail. Choose the Crossover + for sailors weighting over 85 lbs.

The Crossover mainsails feature:

  • CrossCut Construction
  • Mylar Window
  • Active Leech
  • Tell Tails
  • Sail Bag
  • Sail Number Installation (at an extra charge)



>> Contact the  Optimist Experts for additional information and questions about our products.

Tuning your Optimist for Speed


We have put together a new Tuning Guide with COMPLETE instructions and pictures on how to set up your Optmist for racing. Many tips and tricks that will really help you to sail faster.. for beginners and also advanced sailors! Even the parents will find this guide easy to follow when helping their kids!

>> Download the North Tuning Guide

>> NEW! CZero5 / DZero6 Tuning Table

>> NEW! CZero5 / DZero6 Light Air Sprit Tuning

>> Guide to install sail numbers on your Optimist sail


Have a Question? Ask the Optimist Experts




Optimist Carry All Bag

 
Keep all your Optimist gear neat and tidy with this carry all bag.
  • Padded with closed cell foam to keep blades safe from getting dinged.
  • TheCarry-All bag comes with three separate compartments that store thedagger board, rudder and accessories. It comes padded to offeradditional protection for the foils, tiller and tiller extension.
    The bag is available in blue with a detachable shoulder strap.

  • Ventilated to allow wet gear to dry.
  • Padded carrying strap and handle.
  • Velcro closures will not corrode. A must have for your junior sailor.

Also available for the Optimist class:
  • Optimist Mast/Spar Bag
  • Optimist Hull Cover
  • Optimist Deck Cover

Contact the Optimist experts:

Team BLUE Head Coach
Juan Carlos Romero
(410) 212-5303
juan@od.northsails.com


Vince Brun
(619) 226-1415 Work
(619) 251-1737 Mobile
(619) 224-7018 Fax
vince@od.northsails.com 
Tim Healy
(401) 683-7997 Work
tim.healy@od.northsails.com 
Mike Marshall
(401) 965-0057 Work
mikem@od.northsails.com