Seahorse Articles about Textiles to Composites and 3Di sailmaking
Seahorse article, Sails at the extreme...(October 2013)

North Sails' Bill Pearson takes stock of the enormous progress that has been achieved in durable high-performance sails in a remarkably brief 'last few years.'

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Seahorse article, From Textiles to Composites, part 6 (December 2011)

Bill Pearson and Wayne Smith conclude this series with a summary of some of the engineering behind the concept of thin ply, as well as some of the most recent applications…

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Seahorse article, From Textiles to Composites, part 5 (November 2011)

In the final two installments of this series Bill Pearson will look at some of the current non-sailmaking applications of Thin Ply Technology... that he is allowed to talk about.

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© SeahorseSeahorse article, From Textiles to Composites, part 4 (October 2011)

New composite techniques demand a new family of tools for the job… explains Bill Pearson.

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© SeahorseSeahorse article, From Textiles to Composites, part 3 (August 2011)

Bill Pearson explains how thin ply theory is being put into practice, initiating the transition from sail fabric to rigid composite structure.

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© SeahorseSeahorse< article, From Textiles to Composites, part 2 (July 2011)

Bill Pearson describes how Alinghi’s successful but short lifespan Black Sails have made it as far as winning a two-handed race around the globe...

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© SeahorseSeahorse article, From Textiles to Composites, part 1 (June 2011)

Or how the ‘sailmaking’ industry moved from weaving natural fibre to providing manufacturing materials for the aerospace industry. Bill Pearson takes us on a fascinating journey that is still very much underway.

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Seahorse article covering 3Di (April 2010)
© Seahorse magazine North Sails’ new 3Di products have been quietly making inroads among racing fleets everywhere, with little fanfare and marketing, yet their distinctive opaque, near-metallic appearance has been turning heads wherever they turn up. The sails are strong and stiff, a feature that has caused many in the North team to refer to them as being more like rigid foils than soft sails. In fact, not since the first generation Kevlar jibs were made over 30 years ago has there been such a leap in sail strength.

US patent # - 10/521,160 and Euro Pat App 2 189 269

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