North Sails was founded in 1957 by Lowell North an American sailor and Olympic Gold Medalist. North was an engineer methodically focused on building sails that were faster than the competition. Year after year, Lowell North and his team pioneered new innovative technologies that conquered wind and water, and won races.
Over the years, Lowell North’s legacy has lived on as the brand’s culture of innovation and winning has continued to produce generations of patented product breakthroughs and race champions. Since 1980, North Sails have been on every America’s Cup defender and challenger and are used by the majority of competitors in the offshore Volvo Ocean Race. Over the years, for everyone from celebrities and world figures like JFK to professional sailors and many more sailing enthusiasts in-between, North Sails has been the clear leader in sail making.