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Nigel Young

Nigel Young

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Loft Manager and One Design Expert, Nigel Young started sailmaking in 1981 in Cowes and opened North Sails Ireland in 2004. He races regularly with Irish clients and has competed in Melges 24s since their introduction into Europe in 1994 and has competed in 18 of 20 World Championships, with his best result of a third overall. Nigel also races Dragons Internationally, RS200s and Yachting World Dayboats.

North Sails Vendee Globe Video Series in Six Episodes
As fans gather for the Vendee Globe Race and to be captivated by the next generation of IMOCAs, North Sails has produced its own video series on the solo non-stop round the world race. The series is narrated by one of…
Prince of Tides, the Grand Soliel 37
Sailmaking is a very enjoyable career and it offers a great opportunity to sail all types of boats and meet all sorts of interesting people. April 2021 will mark my 40th year in the industry and over that time I…
One Design Savings From North Sails Ireland
North Sails Ireland are pleased to announce that our Seasonal Savings promotion has started for all of our One Design Classes. Now is the very best time to order your race-winning sails ready for the 2021 season. For more information…
1st Overall Nick Walsh, Rob Brownlow and Eddie Rice
Whilst we were all heading up to Blackrock on Saturday the National 18 Class were holding the Irish Nationals from the RCYC. Reduced numbers this year due to our friend C-19 but no let-up in the racing. Talking to some…
Prince of Tides crossing the Cove to Blackrock finish line
North Sails Ireland clients demonstrated the power of 3Di at the weekend in the Cobh to Blackrock Race taking a clean sweep across all the classes. In fact, we had performance in depth with the top two boats in each…
Rob O'Leary and his crew sailing Dutch Gold won the 1720 Southern Championships
North Sails would like to congratulate Rob O'Leary and his crew sailing Dutch Gold for winning the 1720 AIB Southern areas this past weekend in fine style. Rob is getting a taste for winning with 3Di now and is on…
Winner Robert O'Leary was flying a North 3Di mainsail and large jib
Congratulations to all the North Sails Ireland customers for their great results in the recently held 1720 Baltimore Cup in West Cork. First overall was Robert O'Leary flying North 3Di Mainsail and Large Jib. Second overall was Anthony O'Leary flying…
Dubliner's Kenneth Rumball and Pamela Lee
Learning to sail fast offshore in a foil assisted one-design race machine is not an easy task but that's the challenge Dubliner's Kenneth Rumball and Pamela Lee have lined up as they embark on their doublehanded Figaro3 campaign. Here, sailmaker,…
Busy times at the new North Sails service loft in County Wicklow
North Sails Ireland is reporting that the new service location in County Wicklow is off to a flying start writes Nigel Young. In the first 21 days, Shane Hughes and his team have serviced over 75 sails and they do…
North Sails Ireland's Wicklow Service Loft is now open
North Sails Ireland has announced the opening of our new Service loft in Wicklow, close to the main Dublin sailing centres at Howth and Dun Laoghaire. Shane Hughes is the man behind the new operation and he is more than…
3Di Cruising Sails have been launched in Ireland by North Sails
Last week I mentioned a new product launch was coming for 3Di Cruising Sails and please find the link below for the complete range of Ocean 3Di sails here Before 3Di it was almost impossible to build a low stretch,…
A Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 sailing in Narragansett Bay with North Sails 3Di sails
North Sails may be known best for their racing products but what many people do not know is that close to fifty percent of our total global business is actually in cruising sails. With the genuine trickle down effect from…
North Sails Ireland Sail Design Webinar With Jeremy Elliott
North Sails Ireland will be running our local Irish Webinar series on Wednesday the 13th May. This time we are talking about the North Sails design process "From Concept to Reality" and explaining how we go through the various stages…
North Sails Ireland Stay Connected With Irish Webinar Series
In these uncertain times, North Sails are pulling out all the stops to stay connected with our customers and friends here. The International Webinar Series is proving incredibly popular and if you missed them on the day you can view…
PPE sewing at Marshall Marine Textiles
Richard Marshall and his Cork Harbour company Marshall Marine Textiles are the Service Arm of North Sails Ireland.  Richard has been at the forefront of PPE supplies to the HSE and is currently working flat out with his small Team in…
Offshore sailing - how to cope with those long periods of isolation where you can only do so much
Offshore Sailing Guru Casey Smith shares his thoughts on how to remain focussed during long periods at sea in this latest North Sails article. When we get back to racing later in the season this could be really helpful for…
3Di RAW North Sails on Swan 42 one designs
North Sails have been the market leader in sail technology for as long as I have been sailmaking, and that's a couple of years now! (started back in 1981). When a company like North Sails comes up with something new,…
What is The Difference Between Racing & Cruising Sails?
North Sails colleague and friend Neil Mackley has just written a really nice piece on the difference between racing and cruising sails that I wanted to share with Afloat readers writes Nigel Young of North Sails Ireland Neil has been…
Ken Read and Suzy Leech on the Sunfast 3300
North Sails have recently teamed up with Beneteau in the USA to work together and promote shorthanded sailing writes Nigel Young. Our own company president Ken Read has been leading from the front and getting stuck into this existing segment…
Tom Slingsby winning the 2019 Worlds in Perth with North Sails
I've just been looking at the results from the Moth Worlds and have been following the progress of the Irish guys all week, so I thought I would share this with you writes Nigel Young. Earlier in the year, we talked…
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