|Will Keyworth, a native of Annapolis, MD, has been in the sailmaking industry for 30 years, and began working for North Sails in 1991. Throughout the years, Will has been involved in every part of sailmaking, from design and fabric selection to the creation of the finished product, and has analyzed the sails in action on everything from dinghies to maxi boats and the America’s Cup.
Currently, along with his normal day to day responsibilities as a partner in our Annapolis office, Will is the North Sails CSD class leader for the J/105 class. Will has been successful managing sail development for the class, with multiple J/105 North American Championships wins using North Sails designs.
Will's sailing resume is quite varied, "I began in 1957 sailing Penguins in Jr Fleet, then Jet 14’s and Chesapeake 20’s, at 18 years old I won the Star districts, did the Star NA’s as crew in 1968 and continued on to sail in the Hampton OD Class."
Top Sailing Accomplishments:
2nd Chesapeake Bay Junior Champ 1968
Class winner at Block Island Race Week, Key West Race Week, Atlantic City Race Week, CBYRA Race Week
J-35 North America Champion
J-30 North American Champion 3X
3rd Corel 45 World Champs
Montego Bay Pineapple Cup Winner (Farr 70 Challenge America ex The Card w/ Teddy Turner Jr.)
Chesapeake Bay MORC Champ
Annapolis Race Winner Overall
12 Meter World Championships winner 3X Classic Division
Chesapeake Bay J29 and J35 overall Championship
When he's not sailing, Will enjoys riding motorcycles with his wife and two sons and exploring the Maryland countryside. His other hobby is photography, noting that time on the bike and on the water lends itself to some great photo opps!