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We offer two mainsail designs for the Lightning. Both designs are proven winners with many regional, National and World titles between them. All you have to do is choose the design that best suits your sailing style. Then bend them on and go sailing!! If you aren’t certain what the right fit is for you then call or email any of our Lightning experts so we can help you find the right “fit” for you and your team. 
 

 

M-5 Mainsail

2015 World Champion!

The M-5 Mainsail was designed as an all-around performer and has proven to be just that over the years. It has been updated to feature a custom “North-blue” headboard and custom shaped clew and head patches to achieve an optimal smooth shape.

The M-5 is built out 3.8 oz. yarn temper cloth. It is the ideal mainsail and tuning system for the sailor who enjoys “tweaking” his sails to fit his or her individual sailing style.


Mainsail standard features:

  • Vision window
  • Epoxy battens
  • Spreader window
  • Long roll sail bag
  • Class insignia
  • Sail numbers


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MF-2 Fisher Mainsail

The MF-2 Mainsail was designed  to be a forgiving yet true all-around performer that would offer consistent speed in all conditions for all talent levels. The MF-2 Mainsail  is constructed with a "fanned" panel layout to help increase durability and shape control in a breeze.  We include custom shaped clew and head patches to help achieve an optimal smooth shape, and again, increased durability.

The philosophy behind the design of the MF-2 is that a pre set block and shroud set up will simplify the boat tuning and gear changing all-around the race course. With the Fisher style of tuning, the blocks and lower shrouds are never adjusted so the focus can remain of sails trim, steering and tactics.  

The MF-2 is built out from imported 3.8 oz. coated low stretch fabric.


Mainsail standard features:

  • Vision window
  • Epoxy battens
  • Spreader window
  • Long roll sail bag
  • Class insignia
  • Sail numbers

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*Once you have decided on a tuning preference and main, choose from our 3 options in jibs. It is interesting that many Lightning sailors mix and match the jibs with tremendous results. The best choice depends on your "style".

**NEW FOR 2017: UPGRADED JIB WINDOW -  All new North Sails jibs come standard with the recently approved larger window for improved visibility. Get yours today!

 

5-A+ Jib

2015 Worlds Champion!

The 5A+ jib may be the "winningest" jib design in ILCA history. It's designed with plenty of power for lighter conditions but can still be flattened quickly for lighter teams and heavier air.

The 5A+ can be trimmed up to 5" inside the tip of the spreader for short periods of time but prefers to be trimmed 2-3” inside the spreader tip when you are “in the groove”.

The 5A+ jib is most successful with the M5 tuning system.


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R75 All-Purpose Radial Jib

2013 Masters Worlds Champion!

After many months of development and testing, North is proud to announce the new R75 RADIAL Jib in time for the 2013 North Americans!


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JF-2 Jib

The JF-2 features our most powerful design with a relatively full entry.

The JF-2 likes to be trimmed about 2” inside the spreader in most conditions for optimal pointing and speed. It has wide-groove that makes it easier to steer and, therefore, more forgiving.

The JF-2 has been successful and victorious with both the M5 and MF2 tuning systems.


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R-2 Radial Spinnaker

2015 World Champion!

The R-2 Spinnaker is, without question, the fastest spinnaker in the class. The radial design makes it a durable sail that will hold it’s designed shape on both reaches and runs.

While the R-2 is designed to excel in running and broad reaching it is also outstanding on the occasional tight reach we sometimes come across on the Lightning circuit. This combination makes this sail the number one choice for nearly every Lightning sailors downwind inventory.

Made out of AirX 600 cloth.

>> What's the differences between the R-2 and the Bruin Spinnakers?




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NEW!
 DSD SuperMax Spinnaker

The DSD SuperMax is a radial design made out of AirX spinnaker cloth which is ideal for radial spinnakers - Durable and easy to trim and care for. It is a true downwind performer and works great in all wind ranges. The vertical profile makes the sail very smooth and powerful.  The horizontal profile allows the sail to project when running deep, but with it’s open leeches, allows for good VMG/Reaching as well. This sail serves as a great complement to any existing spinnaker you currently enjoy.

 

 

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