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North Sails

The world leader in sail-making.

North Sails manufactures high-performance sailing and sportswear products. Its focus is on innovation, and is renowned for the 3Di model, the sail of choice in the America’s Cup, the Grand Prix, and on most ocean race boats and superyachts. North Sails also produces and distributes branded sportswear across the world, partnering with over 700 chain and independent retailers across Europe and Asia.

Other brands in the Group are; Southern Spars, the world leader in composite spars, rigging and marine components; EdgeWater Boats, a line of high-performance outboard sport boats; and North Thin Ply Technology, a developer of thin ply carbon pre-pregnated for non-marine markets such as aerospace.

We invested in North Sails in 2014, and we’re helping the business grow on a global scale through leveraging the heritage of the sail brand and developing its sportwear offering internationally.

Market Dynamics

North Sails is the leader in its market, and there is a key opportunity to drive significant growth by expanding the North Sails brand beyond just sails and into sportswear, apparel and accessories. The clothing brand is already well known in the Italian market having launched there in 1986, and there is the opportunity to replicate this success on a global scale.

North Sails
Sector
Consumer
Location
USA
Status
Current
Status
Fund II
Investment Year
2014
"Oakley Capital has a truly entrepreneurial approach to business investment. Their bold vision of what North Group can and should be has reset all expectations for our company and our team"
Tom Whidden North Technology Group CEO
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