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Mark Mansfield

Mark Mansfield

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Four-time Olympian Mark Mansfield is a Professional Sailor. He is Irish Agent for Key Yachting Ltd, the sole U.K. and Irish agent for J Boats, Grand Soleil, Nautitech Catamarans and the Tofinou range of boats. More on Mark here

Nautitech 44 Open, elected
Key Yachting, Irish Agents for Nautitech Catamarans, are pleased to announce that the Nautitech 44 OPEN catamaran has won the European Yacht of the Year Award for 2023, awarded at the Dusseldorf Boat Show in the Multihull category. This was…
J/Boats will have the newly launched J/45 showing, and Grand Soleil will have the newly launched Grand Soleil 40 at the Dusseldorf Boat Show
The Dusseldorf boat show opens next Saturday and runs till the following Sunday week. J/Boats will have the newly launched J/45 showing, and Grand Soleil will have the newly launched Grand Soleil 40. Both boats will be very popular at…
New sails arriving at the Quantum sail loft in County Galway
Mark Mansfield of Quantum Sails Ireland with five things you should consider to get you ready for the new racing season. 1. Clear out the boat It may seem straightforward, but you would be surprised by how many boats leave…
Mixed J Boats IRC class start at the J Cup UK in 2022
Key Yachting is pleased to announce that the inaugural J Cup Ireland will take place from 26th to 27th of August at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, on Dublin Bay. The J/Cup Regatta is a highly successful event…
A Quantum Fusion M7 main and Spinnaker staysail on the Grand Soleil 44, Samatom
Mark Mansfield from Quantum Sails Ireland goes through the main changes in IRC for the 2023 season The annual IRC review has been completed by the RORC/UNCL, which govern the rules of the biggest rating rule in sailing. There have…
The J45 from Key Yachting will be on display at BOOT Düsseldorf 2023
The Key Yachting team will be at BOOT Düsseldorf, the largest indoor boat show, showing the latest models from 3 of our key brands; J Boats, Grand Soleil and Tofinou. The show takes place between 21st - 29th of January…
'Ghost Raider' Ex 'Checkmate XVIII', an exquisite Beret-designed half-ton race boat is for sale
Key Yachting, the site for selling performance yachts in Ireland, is delighted to offer this exquisite Beret-designed half-ton race boat for sale. No expense was spared on her restoration, and she is being offered in ready-to-race condition, with top-quality instruments,…
The J/99 ‘Snapshot’, owned by Mike and Richard Evans
The J/99 ‘Snapshot’, owned by Mike and Richard Evans, has been crowned Boat of the Year by the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA), for a combination of the major inshore and offshore events in 2022, a great result for a…
Quantum Racing with her Fusion M Membrane sails
Outside of the America's Cup, there are few, if any, more important classes than the TP 52 class. It is where the naval architects and sailmakers put their best feet forward to show off their designs and abilities. Samatom, Grand…
The new Grand Soleil 40 is nominated for European Boat of the Year 2023
The Grand Soleil 40 replicates the great success of the GS44, which was the winner of the last ORC World Championship. The success of the 44 is proven by the performance of Robert Rendell’s GS44 Samatom, which races in Ireland.…
Clockwise from top left: Justina, 2017, Grand Soleil 34; Yoyo 2018 Jeanneau Sunfast 3600; Jump Juice— 2006 Ker 37  
and J’s us. 2005, J 80
Mark Mansfield, the Irish agent for Key Yachting, has four great brokerage yachts to sell. All are ready to go for racing in 2023, with great sail inventories, and all are well maintained. Key Yachting has the Irish Agencies for…
Time is running out to snag Quantum Sails Ireland's best prices of the year on custom racing and cruising sails — our summer sale comes to a close at the end of the month! As you're planning for your next…
The J/45
It’s not long to go until Cannes Yachting Festival kicks off. We will be there at Cannes with all four of our boat brands; Nautitech, Grand Soleil, J Boats and Tofinou. We are excited to be at the festival with…
The new Grand Soleil 40, which will premiere at Cannes Yachting Festival from 6th to 11th of September
Key Yachting is excited to be heading to Cannes Yachting Festival this year with Grand Soleil with a range of models, among our three other brands. The festival is taking place from 6th – 11th September, we will be located…
Cannes Yachting Festival, possibly the biggest boat show in Europe for yachts, will be exhibiting some top models from the Key Yachting Stable next month, including the new Grand Soleil 40, the new Grand Soleil 72, Nautitech 44 and J…
Now is the time to purchase your new sails for Autumn and for next season. Mark Mansfield, Quantum agent in Ireland, explains—"At this time of the year, the production facilities are at their quietest, so they can arrange discounts to…
J/112e—Happy Daize, Cork Week 2022 IRC 1 winner
It has been a great year so far for J/Boats and Grand Soleil in Ireland. The SSE Round Ireland Race 2022, held by the Wicklow Sailing Club, saw great race results. J-Boats impressively took all three podium spots, including the…
The Grand Soleil 44 Essentia celebrate victory in Porto Cervo, Sardinia
The Grand Soleil 44 Essentia took a stunning victory in the 2022 ORC B class World Championships. Congratulations to the owner Catalin Trandafir and his crew who once again distinguished themselves with great success in the most renowned regatta of…
Michael O'Donnell’s J/121 Darkwood from the Solent
Key Yachting, the Irish agent for both J Boats and Grand Soleil, are delighted to note that, along with two Grand Soleil's entered, nine J Boats entered in this year's Round Ireland event commencing this Saturday. The two Grand Soleils…
Samatom, Grand Soleil 44 this weekend testing her new Fusion M7 Carbon Mainsail and A3 reaching spinnaker built with Contender Superkote
Like many industries, sailmakers are experiencing delays in delivery in the last few months due to sailcloth delays, transport delays and many other issues. However, Mark Mansfield from Quantum Sails Ireland says the loft has some decent stocks available and…
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