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Maurice O'Connell

Maurice O'Connell

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Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell is a partner in North Sails Ireland. He is also a professional sailor, sailing & life/business coach and sailing media analyst/commentator.

In 2018 he again won his class in the Round Ireland Race and in 2019 finished 2nd in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race - 10 years after he won it!

Also in 2019, he was providing expert commentary and analysis in studio for the SSL Star Europeans in Garda, Italy and SSL finals in Nassau.

Full bio here.

Storm II Code 2 IRC Jib October 2012
The UK J109 class ran their UK Nationals at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup in Cowes last weekend. Here in North Sails Ireland, we watched this event closely because NSI led the charge in the UK & Ireland J109 sail development…
Rockabill VI laying the finish line flying a 3Di RAW Code 1 jib and 2016 3DL main.
There was more success for Paul O'Higgins' ICRA Boat of the Year Rockabill VI on Dublin Bay tonight, winning Thursday's DBSC race in a brisk northerly wind. I joined the JPK10.80 crew as the North Sails Ireland representative for the…
North Sails Ireland's Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell (pictured to leeward) raced on John O'Gorman's beautiful Sunfast 3600 "Hot Cookie" with Noel Butler, Hannah Linehan, Andrew Irvin and Alan Walshe
Whew! I am just back at base in Dun Laoghaire after the gruelling Fastnet 450 race. Having raced down the East coast, around the Tuskar Rock and the Fastnet Rock many many times, I think this one may have been…
North Sails Ireland Launches 'Trade In Trade Up'
Our 2020 "Trade In Trade Up" recycle programme is here at North Sails Ireland! This is a great opportunity for sailors and boat owners to recycle that older sail that's done its time. Many of you have sheds and garages…
Ireland's "Embarr" with Prof O'Connell on spinnaker trim at US national Championships in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
I am honoured to host a North Sails Ireland 'downwind speed' webinar on Monday, May 11th at 8 pm (9 pm CET) with Five-time Melges 24 World Champion Federico Michetti.  We will be discussing:- Displacement (non-planing) sailing Transitioning to "Bow…
Ireland's Embarr crew at the Melges 24 World Championships
Our North Sails Melges 24 "Upwind Sail Trim" webinar will be on tonight, Monday, April at 8 pm. I am really looking forward to re-connecting with this great class and it also gave me a misty-eyed reason to review these…
Aboard ISORA yacht Windjammer (1st in IRC 2 2019 flying 100% North Sails) with a view of her new 3Di code jib
Here at North Sails Ireland, we are delighted to see our offshore racing community responding proactively to the Cv19 pandemic. The Round Ireland race that's been rescheduled to Aug 22nd will be a highlight in the calendar! Fingers crossed that…
North Sails Ireland-supplied Tour Xi performance cruising sails n action in Strangford Lough on the Moody S31 "Zeelander". See video below.
Here at North Sails Ireland, a large portion of our customer base is made up of a wide range of cruising sailors writes Maurice O'Connell. They range from blue-water sailors who have circumnavigated the globe to coastal sailors who undertake…
Tune into North Sails Webinars
Our North Sails Moth webinar last week was a great success with "Mothies" from all over the world tuning in - including Irish Moth sailors from around the country! The upcoming North Sails Webinar schedule can be found here We'd…
Tom Slingsby
Tom Slingsby has won Olympic gold and numerous world titles in the Laser class. He has won the America's Cup as strategist with Team Oracle USA. Last December, he flew his North Sails 3Di mainsail in a never seen before…
Chris Power Smith's Aurelia with her big gold North Sails spinnaker at the start of the 2019 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race
Greetings to all our North Sails Ireland sailing friends at home here in Ireland and around the world. All of us are passionate about sailing and we can keep a calm head afloat when things get serious. Please join us…
North Sails Ireland & The Sydney Hobart Winner 'Ichi Ban'
It was fantastic to see "Ichi Ban" win IRC overall in the Sydney Hobart race last week writes Maurice O'Connell. I raced this iconic race some years back on the IMX 40 "Nips 'n Tux" and it is a true classic…
ICRA Boat of the Year Rockabill VI
2019 was another fantastic year for North Sails Ireland. Our clients seem to be going faster and faster - for longer writes Maurice O'Connell. Many of you are winning events with our sails that have seen many many seasons use…
Joker II flying her 3DL Main and 3Di RAW Code 2 Jib
"North Sails have been powering "Joker II" since 2007. They just keep getting better and better and I have no doubt their latest 3Di Raw headsails have been a big factor in our success this year in the ICRA's, Volvo Dun…
Rockabill VI flying her 2016 3DL Offshore main and 2017 A3 asymmetric spinnaker to win the Pwhelli - Dun Laoghaire ISORA race
I was on Dun Laoghaire Marina and in the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Saturday night to greet both the JPK 1080 "Rockabill VI" and J122 "Aurelia" into Dun Laoghaire after the ISORA grand finale - the Pwhelli to Dun…
Crazy Horse Flying her 2015 3DL Mainsail and 2014 S2 Spinnaker winning the 2019 B31.7 Nationals
WOW! What an amazing weekend for our fantastic clients. Inshore, offshore and one-design - well done, congratulations and Thank you for your brilliant sailing writes Maurice O'Connell of North Sails Ireland. Where to start? Here goes... Beneteau 31.7 Nationals Following…
Juke Box winning the J109 UK Nationals
Greetings to all J109 sailors! As the summer draws to a close and our seasonal pricing programme starts (please do get in touch for special offers now!), we thought it would be timely to reflect on what has been an…
 The Wright Brother's "Mata"
North Sails Ireland was on and off the water, last week in Kinsale for the biennial Sovereign's Cup supporting our customers and all the competitors writes Maurice O'Connell My colleague Shane Hughes raced aboard the Wright's "Mata", winning the super-competitive…
Paul O'Higgins and his great team on "Rockabill VI" were the overall D2d winners
The D2D race was, in many ways, similar to the 2009 race which I did on the X41 "Legally Blonde" writes Maurice O'Connell in this post-race review. Similar to then, strong northerlies made for a very very fast trip with…
The victorious Joker II crew at the Royal St. George Yacht Club
It was a fantastic weekend for North Sails Ireland customers at the ICRAs (IRC Nationals) at the RStGYC writes Maurice O'Connell. Our wonderful clients won four out of the six IRC divisions plus stacks of podium places, including an amazing first in IRC…
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