North was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in its inaugural class of 2011. “In my wildest dreams I wouldn’t have imagined where North Sails has gone,” he said. An innovator, visionary and gentleman, Lowell North will be sadly missed. His legacy remains, on the familiar, little blue patch bearing his name on the tacks of racing and cruising boats all over the planet. While North may be gone, his impact on the world of sailing remains strong and lasting.