North Sails Technology


With sails built to emulate the airfoil shape that planes use, modern sailing aspires to fly more than sail over water. “A sailboat works a lot like an airplane with one big exception – an airplane generally has engines,” North Sails Technology President and CEO Tom Whidden points out. “If it doesn’t have an engine like a glider, it’s got to be pulled up in the air to get it going, whereas a sailboat simply has to be moved from standing still.


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