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Barry Hayes

Barry Hayes

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Barry Hayes, Director of UK Sails Ireland, managed the main UK Production facility for UK Sails in Hong Kong until last October and has been a sail designer with UK sails for over 15 years.

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UK Sailmakers Ireland is delighted to have Andrew "Hammy' Baker join our team in NI. Hammy has tons of experience and is well-known locally. Andrew grew up on Strangford Lough sailing in a family cruiser and as part of the…
Meridian Salona 45 IRL 4076, with XD Carbon Racing sails
We have had a very busy winter period getting your sails serviced, repaired and ready for 2024. Over 800kg of sails and covers sent to laundry are now back. We were delighted to get so many sails and covers this…
When sails are received in the UK Sailmakers Ireland loft, they are given a full checkover
The UK Sailmakers Ireland sail loft in Crosshaven, Co Cork, has been a sail service centre for over forty years. Thousands of sails have been on our floor, and we rarely see something we haven’t encountered before. We can spot…
XP50 Aerialcrp Titanium 2XI Grey sails
Wear and tear can destroy almost any part of your sail. You pad and tape the lifelines and put chafe guards on. You put covers on spreader tips. All these things protect your sails, but your sails can suffer from…
There are a few key differences between Asymmetric spinnakers designed for offshore racing and those that are optimised for windward-leeward races inshore. One of these is the mid-girth measurement, which tends to be shorter for offshore sails because they are often used at tighter wind angles
A-sail design principles are often misunderstood. Top sailmakers explain... To explain the thinking that goes into designing asymmetrical spinnakers, UK Sails Ireland interviewed three sail designers from UK Sailmakers: lead designer Pat Considine, UK Sailmakers Chicago; Geoff Bishop, UK Sailmakers…
It has been a busy summer here in UK Sailmakers Ireland with Dun Laoghaire regatta and other regattas. We are pleased to report that we were up to the challenge of getting sails made and ready on time despite the…
A fleet start at the UK Sailmakers Ireland Dublin Bay Sailing Club Training Day
Earlier this month, we ran a successful training day in Dun Laoghaire for all cruiser racers leading up to the busy Dublin Bay Sailing Club season. Kenny Rumball from the Offshore Racing Academy was on hand to coach along with…
Salona 45 – Tom Roche with his XD Carbon Main and Headsail in perfect balance upwind
When it comes to reducing the area of your headsail (HSA) as a way to improve your IRC rating, Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland has the low down. you’ll learn how complicated while also straightforward the process can be…
Kenny Rumball (closest to camera) and his 1720 crew competing in the recent DBSC Turkey Shoot on Dublin Bay
Last month, UK Sailmakers Ireland announced the addition of two more sailmakers to their team, reflecting the increase in the loft’s business: Kenny Rumball and Liam Glynn. Following-up on that announcement, UK Sailmakers Ireland was delighted to report that Kenny…
Two new sailmaking appointments for UK Sailmakers Ireland: Kenny Rumball (left) and Liam Glynn
The clearest indication that a business is succeeding is when one sees growth and expansion in that company’s staffing and operational footprint. Such is the case here at UK Sailmakers Ireland, led by renowned sailmaker and yacht racer Barry Hayes.…
The Winter period is the best time for getting your sails serviced
We hope you had a great sailing season, and we are looking forward to next season. It’s coming up soon and UK Sailmakers Ireland want you to get the most of your 2023 season. So get in early and get…
The sail design for a Santa Cruz 50’s light No. 1 alongside a photo of the actual sail flying – the two are virtually identical.
Sure, your sailmaker may know how to use a computer to design a sail, but does your sailmaker know how to make that design software perform at a level comparable with winning that F-1 race, making a living playing backgammon,…
Kinsale Yacht Club's Kinsailor crew competing at the J24 Europeans in Howth
After ten races, the J/24 European Championship hosted by Howth Yacht Club, concluded in a tie at 65 points, with the third-place team only one point back. That third-place team was made up of six junior sailors from the Kinsale…
IMP in the Cobh Regatta 2022 with SK 90 A3 Gennaker and XD Carbon upwind sails
It has been a busy summer here in UK Sailmakers Ireland with Cork Week and other regattas. We are pleased to report that we were up to the challenge of getting sails made and ready on time despite the obstacles…
UK Sailmakers Ireland celebrates One Design sailing success this season with a stunning 1,2,3 at the 1720 European Championships at Cork Week in July. The loft is also celebrating title wins in July's Ruffian National Championships and August's Beneteau 31.7s National…
Blennerville Windmill on Tralee Bay
Kerry County Council approached McWilliam Sailmakers in Crosshaven to build and design new windmill sails for the Blennerville Windmill on Tralee Bay. Restoration works on the windmill have already seen new wing frames built by Cedarlan Ltd, which has its…
In this 3D real time photo of a racing boat you can see the forestay sag off the straight line in the shot. Note the twist in the leech to compensate for the sag
Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland gives us the ins and outs of forestay sag and how it affects your sail so you can get the best out of your headsail shape and rig settings. Regardless of if you’re cruising…
Finbarr O'Regan and his J/109 crew on Artful Dodjer  that won Class Zero and One IRC overall in the Axiom Private Clients Race at Kinsale Yacht Club. Finnbar was using a brand new UK Sailmakers Ireland headsail
Congratulations to Finbarr O'Regan and his J/109 crew that won Class Zero and One IRC overall in the Axiom Private Clients Race at Kinsale Yacht Club on Saturday. Finnbar was using a brand new UK Sailmakers Ireland headsail to our…
Code zeros are all the rage; choosing between masthead or fraction code zeros can be tricky writes, Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland. The code zero is a reaching sail to be used between 45 and 110 degrees apparent wind angle,…
UK Sailmakers Ireland is looking forward to the coming season. It’ll be here very soon and we want you to get the most of your 2022 season. So get out early! We have had a very busy winter period getting…
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