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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.

North Sails One Design clients have had a stunning 2022 with our fantastic customers recording victories in so many World, European, National and Regional championships here in Ireland. For the month of October, we are running our 15% off season…
Huge congratulations to Peter Dunlop, Vicky Cox, and their wonderful team on "Mojito". They had an awesome season culminating in them winning the Wolf's Head Trophy for being the overall winner of the 2022 ISORA series. TREMENDOUS job, guys! The…
What a week that was for North Sails Ireland! Dragon Nationals HUGE congratulations to the "Little Fella" team of Cameron Good, Henry Kingston and Matias Helstern from Kinsale YC, who brought the Dragon Nationals back to Kinsale for the first…
Cape 31
Tis all happening here in North Sails Ireland! We had our first outing on the new Cape 31 "BLAST" here in Dublin Bay. This is the second Cape 31 in Ireland to be kitted out in a full North Sails…
North Sails Ireland will be providing overnight sail repair services for next week's Cork Week in Crosshaven
As has become our custom and practice over the past 15 years at most of the major events, North Sails Ireland will be providing overnight sail repair services for next week's Cork Week in Crosshaven. Our Service Manager Shane Hughes…
Colm Bermingham's Elan 333
It's great to be back! Huge congratulations to the team at Howth Yacht Club, led by the mighty Brian Turvey delivering the first major inshore event in Ireland since 2019. The competition was awesome, the race management excellent, the craic…
Greeting sailors from us all here at North Sails Ireland! Things are getting moving now - the Axiom Private Clients April League is in full swing in Kinsale, they just finished their Frank Godsell March Series and AIB DBSC Spring…
49er crew Sean Waddilove crouching forward in super-light conditions
Greetings everyone from us here at North Sails Ireland. I was fortunate enough to get in a little "warm weather training" when I spent three days working with Irish Sailing’s performance squad at their winter training base in Lanzarote a…
North Sails Helix headsails in action in the TP52 class
Happy new year everyone! North Sails Ireland is continuing to further push the boundaries of sail design and construction using our Helix load sharing technology. Helix is being continuously developed and refined by our designers at the very highest levels…
David Williams, Peter Bowring & Neil Hegarty in
Here at North Sails Ireland, our one-design (non-IRC/ECHO) clients have had a fantastic season. North Sails powered championship winners in the J24, Puppeteer 22, Dragon, Flying Fifteen, J80 and many many other classes. For these one-design classes, our winter pricing…
Prof celebrating with the victorious 'Joker II' team at the J109 Nationals
Following on from the success of our wonderful North Sails Ireland customers at events all over the country last weekend, we bring you some more good news:-  Our PPD (price period discount) programme will be going live on October 1st…
North Sails Ireland is again sponsoring the J/109 Nationals this year. The event will be hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club and in talking to event organiser Damien Quinn from "Jalapeno", it is hoped that 12 boats will be…
The McCormack trio - Darragh, Mark & Noel in
The Mermaid National Championships were hosted by Tralee Bay Sailing Club recently. TBSC in Fenit is one of my favourite places to race. The majestic mountain backdrops surrounding Samphire Island make it an unforgettable experience. Here at North Sails Ireland,…
Irish Dragon Champions - Phantom IRL 176 (from left to right) David Williams, Peter Bowring and Neil Hegarty
Not for the first time, the super-consistent team of Neil Hegarty, David Williams and the evergreen Peter Bowring won the Dragon Irish National Championships in Kinsale YC over the weekend. In a stunning series, they opened their account with three…
IRC Zero Winner and ICRA 2021 overall –
WOW! What an amazing weekend that was! The "ICRA's", our national championships, hosted by the National Yacht Club, have just finished. It was amazing to see so many sailors afloat competing hard for the national titles up for grabs. It…
Speed wobble on Dublin Bay!  'Final Call' flying her A GRADE Superkote Spinnaker and 3Di RAW Mainsail
Amazing - how did ALL these events (listed below alphabetically!) all fit in Dublin Bay last weekend? Beneteau First 31.7 National Championships Beneteau First 21.7 national Championships Dragon East Coast Championships RS Aero National Championships Ruffian National Championships DBSC Saturday…
'Jump Juice' flying her North Sails 3Di Mainsail and North Sails 3Di Code 1 Jib at the Sovereign's Cup, Kinsale
Well, what an amazing event that was! Congratulations to the team in Kinsale YC for another fabulous Sovereign's Cup. We had a nice mixture of wind speeds and directions, tons of shifts, plenty of sunshine and the odd light smattering…
The North Sails genoa staysail deployed on the Ker 37 Jump Juice racing in the Coastal division of the 2021 Sovereign's Cup
When the Ker 37 Jump Juice team decided to enter the Coastal division in Sovereign's Cup this year, we knew there would be much longer legs than the usual windward/leewards. So, skipper Conor Phelan pulled his genoa staysail ("GS") out…
Freya flying her North Sails ENDURANCE 3Di Mainsail and Code 2 Jib
Wow, what a start to the season ‘proper’! Well done to everyone involved in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race and more besides, writes Maurice O’Connell. This year’s D2D was one of the most enjoyable offshores I have ever done…
'Powder Monkey' flying North Sails 3Di RAW Inshore Mainsail and North Sails 3Di RAW J1.5 Jib
As we close in on when "racing proper like" starts next week, we wanted to share the early season "training" and "racing" successes of our wonderful clients flying North Sails. Scottish Series - "Final Call", "Animal" & "Leaky Roof" We…
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