If there’s one name to remember it’s Lowell North’s (1927). After leaving a career in aerospace engineering in 1957, he decided to become a sailmaker. Lowell always relied on science and quantifiable methods in becoming and creating the best of the best. North Sails was born.
While retiring himself in 1984, the spirits of Lowell remain a solid foundation for the many years to come. The implementation of computers and accompanying simulations in the late 50s and 60s, by great minds like Heiner Meldner, Tom Schnackenberg and Michael Richelson, have led North Sails to where it is today.
What started with the first seamless molded sails for the America’s cup back in 1992, completely changed the ways of sailmaking with the introduction of the 3Di construction by America’s Cup winner Alinghi in 2007.