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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 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…
North Sails Ireland's Maurice O'Connell onboard the
The North Sails Ireland team have been hitting the water hard all over the country this past couple of weeks. It's great to see light at the end of the tunnel and especially our great customers getting their new sails…
North Sails were used in the recent America's Cup finals and Prada Cup Challenger series finals
Here at North Sails Ireland, we feel blessed to be associated with the larger North Sails team that designed, manufactured and delivered the sails used in the recent America's Cup finals and Prada Cup Challenger series finals. We are lucky…
Paul O'Higgins JPK 1080
The biennial RORC Fastnet race is undergoing a seismic change this year. As reported here in Afloat, it's the first time since it's inauguration in 1925 that it will NOT finish in Plymouth in Devon but in Cherbourg in France.…
Team INEOS UK
Good Evening (or good morning!) sailors, The first skirmishes in the Prada Cup finals are upon us and here at North Sails Ireland, we are watching with bated breath! The protagonists are INEOS team UK skippered by...ahem.....2001 1720 European Champion…
Emirates Team New Zealand powered by North Sails
Greetings and a belated happy new year everybody from the team here at North Sails Ireland. Sailors all over the world are GLUED to two events right now - the Vendee Globe competitors hammering up from the south Atlantic and…
Sarah Robertson with her new GN-1B genoa in her garden
A Happy New Year everyone from all of us here in North Sails Ireland! Fingers crossed that the next few months will see a brighter future for us all and our sport that we love. Here at North Sails we…
Emirates Team New Zealand powered by North Sails 3Di
Season's greetings everyone! The "trickle-down" effect is well known in other industries, and sailmaking is no different. Just before Christmas, North Sails Ireland attended our North Technology Group global virtual conference for our team members and affiliates around the world.…
Andrew Craig, Mark Pettit and Brian Mathews winning the Dragon South Coast Championships in Kinsale in 2011
Andrew Craig had been a leading competitor in the Dragon class in for many years. As well as competing in the championship circuit in Ireland, "Chimaera" has represented Ireland overseas at many European and World Championship events. It was in…
Light air sail set-up session on the Beneteau 31.7 After you Too on Dublin Bay in July 2020
Greeting sailors from North Sails Ireland. It's too early to say "seasons greetings" but we're not far off it! Much has been written about 2020 to date. So let's add to it by reflecting on and acknowledging the wonderful achievements…
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…
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