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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.

A Sweden Star 37 showing her X-Drive Carbon sails with double-sided black taffeta. Even though the jib has a luff tape that goes into the headstay foil, this jib can be slab reefed just as easily as those with hanks
Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland explains which slab reefing system is best for various situations. With an eye towards optimizing the boat for the way you sail it, you can opt for different reefing options. Finding the right combinations…
Nadie – XC 45 Top down furling Code D Gennaker
There are times in your boat-owning life when you need to step back and evaluate your vessel's set-up. With an eye towards optimising the boat for the way you sail it, you can opt for different sails, winches, running rigging,…
MC34 Double handed with Titanium main and headsail. The mainsail has luff rope
Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland explains which system is best for various situations There are times in your boat-owning life when you need to step back and evaluate your vessel's set-up. With an eye towards optimising the boat for…
A UK Sailmakers Flying Headsail
Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland (in conjunction with Jenny Howells of the RORC Rating Office) explains the main difference between a flying Jib and an IRC flying headsail  The main difference between a flying Jib and an IRC flying…
Happy Christmas from UK Sailmakers Ireland
We would like to wish all our customer a very happy Christmas and a prosperous 2021. In such a hard year, we would like to thank everyone for all the support and most of all the staff and people who helped…
A fathead mainsail on a J70
Small fathead mainsails, where the roach of the sail is increased due to a considerably wider head of the sail, are starting to pop-up on the racecourse and they are proving to be a winner. Getting extra sail area on…
Racing the J109 Whiskey Jack in Hong Kong
Racing a J/109 in IRC has its compromises because you're sailing with asymmetrics, you're limited to certain angles and only so much boat speed is generated both up-wind and down. While living in Hong Kong, I raced the J/109 Whiskey…
UK Sailmakers Ireland have the space and knowledge to get your sails serviced correctly - and at the right price
What has Brexit got to do with your winter sails service this year? Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland, explains the situation and why it’s such an urgent matter. Dear customers, I want to let you know it’s really urgent if…
Knowing when to reef your mainsail to achieve the right balance for the boat is key to your upwind, heavy air performance
Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland with tips on the dos and don'ts of reefing a sail for racing and cruising Times have changed, and this season we have moved to more ISORA short course, offshore sailing. This trend will…
Winter Sails Discount 2020 – UK Sailmakers Ireland
Next Thursday week (September 8th) is the last evening race in the 2020 Dublin Bay Sailing Club season writes Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland. As the summer season draws to a close, it is time to consider what we…
UK Sailmakers Ireland are carrying out sail repairs to keep the 1720 fleet going during the 1720 Championships
We've been working hard this weekend to keep the 1720 sportsboat boys in the game at the AIB Southern Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club. When you rip it, UK Sailmakers Ireland can fix it in time for the next…
The Collins' Olson 30 in action off Kinsale
Cork Harbour sailors Mel and Kieran Collins from Crosshaven describe how they transformed Coracle VI, their vintage Olson 30, into an 'IRC weapon' Prior to buying the boat, we did extensive research on which boat to buy and why. The…
UK Sailmakers Ireland: Headsail Trim & Vertical Camber
In this article, Barry Hayes (UK Sailmakers Ireland) and Pat Considine (UK Sailmakers Chicago) explain headsail vertical camber and why it’s so important to boat speed and performance of the boat. In reality, understanding headsail vertical camber is the modern…
An XC 45 with UK sails off Roches Point, Cork Harbour
Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland gives his top tips on the backstay and using it to get the most out of your boat Now that we are back open making and repairing sail, getting back into sailing will be…
Symmetric Versus Asymmetric Spinnaker in IRC: What’s Best & Why?
Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland goes through the different options for racing boats going 'Symmetrical' or 'Asymmetrical' with their spinnakers. What’s best and why? In the past 15 years, spinnaker options have increased considerably. Prior to that, it was…
A code zero (left) and a Flying Jib on Dublin Bay cruiser WOW!
UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Barry Hayes looks at the differences between Code Zeros and Flying Jibs on IRC, what are the best angles for each and tips for using them. Both sails are used reaching, but at what angels and why…
UK Sailmakers Ireland Covid-19 Measures
In light of the Government's safety guidelines, UK Sailmakers Ireland in Crosshaven has taken the decision to close the loft to customers, both for the safety of our staff and customers. This has not affected the production or delivery of…
A bowman at work on a Jelik RP 76
Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland gives his top tips on how to be the best bowman  Any bowman worth his salt is fast on his feet, strong as an ox, and agile enough to climb the mast. The bowman…
The J109 Outrajeous with UK Sails on Dublin Bay
Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland gives his top ten sail trim tips for the coming season 1. Know your sails, know your settings Many boats sailing inshore with non-overlapping headsail setup regularly use up to three headsails. It is…
A Beneteau 34.7 with computer designed sails from UK Sailmakers Ireland
The art of sail design has come a long way since the days of hand-dawn files and even rudimentary CAD design programmes. Today, UK Sailmakers Ireland uses SAILPACK which, in our opinion, is the best sail design program on the…
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