North Sails in the Volvo Ocean Race | #1: BRUNO DUBOIS

When it comes to the Volvo Ocean Race (or any ocean race for that matter), Bruno Dubois is North Sails’ point man. His thousands of ocean miles and 25 years of sailmaking have something to do with it. A veteran of the Transat Jacques Vabre, Jules Verne and Whitbread Round the World Race, he is a Corel 45 world champion and Mini Transat winner. Dubois, who is now taking a sabbatical from North Sails, recently became general manager of Dongfeng Race Team for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race.

Bruno has been with North Sails for 25 years; he started out selling sails in Toronto, moved to Denmark, and finally landed in France before becoming a vice president of North Sails in Europe. With the team at North Sails in France, Bruno managed sail projects for the MOD 70s and Extreme Sailing Series, as well as individual ocean racing campaigns for Groupama, MACIF, Banque Populaire (both the trimaran and IMOCA 60), Spindrift maxi trimaran and Virbac Paprec to name a few. “When you stop and consider someone like Bruno, it becomes clear that North Sails is a company of sailors who remain at the forefront of our sport through pure experience,” said Ken Read, North Sails president and two-time Volvo Ocean Race skipper. It is true that whether skippering an Open 60 on the open ocean, working behind a sewing machine in a sail loft, or managing European operations for North Sails, Bruno is in his element. Here, he discusses how North Sails tackled making sails for the new VO65.


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