Welcome onboard. Loft 57 is a conversational podcast that opens the doors to North Sails, the world’s leading sailmaker. With host Ken Read, this series goes behind the scenes with product creators and the passionate sailors who trust North Sails to power their adventures. We’ve been on this journey since 1957 and continue to make history by looking ahead.
The Extreme Testing Ground
In recent years, offshore sailing has seen a dramatic rise in popularity and awareness. This sector of our sport pushes sailors, their boats, and the equipment to the limits.
In this episode of Loft 57, our guests are synonymous with offshore racing. Volvo Ocean Race legend, Bouwe Bekking, and master sailmaker, Nathan Quirk, join us to talk about their personal experiences as well as their unique perspective of sail evolution, specifically with North 3Di. Together, their collective experience includes thousands of offshore racing miles; Bekking onboard as a sailor, and Quirk in the sail repair loft.
Changing Tacks: Talking Kiteboarding & Windsurfing (feat. Nick Jacobsen)
In this episode, we are joined by our friends from NorthActionsports (the brand behind North Kites and North Windsurfing). Professional kiteboarder Nick Jacobsen, and aero engineers Chris Williams and Steve Calder stop by Loft 57 to talk about the future of their respective sports, and how North is applying aero-engineering and high-performance innovation to their wind-powered sports.
Episode 3 is a tack from our normal conversations but we had a blast discussing how North is leading the way in all things wind, and helping professional athletes achieve their wildest dreams. You won't believe what Jacobsen wants to do next!
Better by Design
North Sails boasts a design team with unparalleled breadth and depth resulting in sails that are, naturally, ‘better by design.’ With a team of 60-strong, North Sail designers are innovators and opinion leaders– their collective experience is our competitive advantage. In episode 2, we sit down with two figureheads in this team to better understand how the North Sails designers work together to create the world's best products. From performance racing to performance cruising, the team at North Sais is driven and determined to lead sailing into the future.
JB Braun, Director of Design and Engineering at North Sails, is the driving force behind the team. Design teammate Dave Lenz is the North Sails European Design Manager based at the North Sails loft in Gosport. Together, Braun and Lenz oversee a roster of the industry's most talented and sought-after expertise.
Tools of the Trade
Advanced mathematical modeling complements the North Sails innovative spirit. In this episode, we talk design, simulation, and the bespoke North Design Suite with three generations of sail engineers. Michael Richelson, Marco Capitani, and Brodt Taylor all bring their unique skills to the table and help create the cutting-edge products that give North Sails its signature competitive edge.
Only 4 episodes?
Well can’t be surprised since 99% of podcasts make it past episode 20. Sailing Into Oblivion hits 100 next week, talk about a port tack in content creation.