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North Sails America's Cup "What is" Episode 2

12th February 2021
Team INEOS UK
INEOS team UK Credit: North Sails/Borlenghi Studio

Good Evening (or good morning!) sailors,

The first skirmishes in the Prada Cup finals are upon us and here at North Sails Ireland, we are watching with bated breath!

The protagonists are INEOS team UK skippered by...ahem.....2001 1720 European Champion (Sir) Ben Ainslie and....ahem.....Cork Week 2000 1720 competitor on "Atara" Jimmy Spithil in Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli.

Ben is a five-time Olympic medallist (four golds in the Finn and one silver in the laser) as well as a prior America's Cup winner with Oracle Team USA in San Francisco in 2013.

Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli co-skipper is Francesco Bruni, a treble Olympian and four times America's Cup veteran. His co-skipper Spithill is a double America's Cup winner himself.

All three remaining groups in the event (Emirates Team New Zealand, INEOS Team UK and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli) are flying North Sails 3Di inventories. Tour team here at North Sails Ireland felt it would be useful to share with you the background, theory and practice of the twin-skinned mainsail that the AC 75 rule permits.

Please click here for a fascinating look at this (not new) concept but definitely new technology, brought to life by our amazing engineers and designers.

From the team here at North Sails Ireland - enjoy!

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Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell is a partner in North Sails Ireland. He is also a professional sailor, sailing & life/business coach and sailing media analyst/commentator.

In 2018 he again won his class in the Round Ireland Race and in 2019 finished 2nd in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race - 10 years after he won it!

Also in 2019, he was providing expert commentary and analysis in studio for the SSL Star Europeans in Garda, Italy and SSL finals in Nassau.

Full bio here.

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