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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 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…
A competitor is heavily reefed in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
Here in Ireland the Coastal, ISORA and short-handed sailing is growing rapidly in popularity writes Nigel Young. Unlike Inshore racing these days in Ireland where I have not reefed in over 10 years the need to reef when sailing offshore…
There are plenty of Free Downloads here to give you a real taste of what North U is all about
North Sails Ireland have enjoyed a strong connection with Bill Gladstone and the North U program over the last few years.  Back in the early years of North Sails Ireland Bill came over and did two tours of duty around…
The Under 25 team at Royal Cork Yacht Club with their North Sails
Here at North Sails Ireland, there is nothing we like more than working with the under 25 sailing teams all over the country. This is a growing segment in Irish sailing and we are delighted to be involved from the…
The X-332 Dexterity was the Class One IRC Overall Winner at WIORA on the Shannon Estuary
Having sailed in several WIORA regatta’s in the past, One Design Expert and founder of North Sails Ireland, Nigel Young looked forward to getting back into the fleet this year in Foynes on the Shannon Estuary last week and took…
Conor Doyle's Freya, the XP-50
The local interest part for me in this year's Fastnet Race is Conor Doyle with Freya the XP-50 and Derek Dillon and his Son Conor in the two-handed division sailing Big Deal the Dehler 34 writes Nigel Young of North Sails…
IRC One winners Joker II (John Maybury)
I am just back from a very successful VDLR regatta for our North Sails clients. Four days of racing on a very tricky Dublin Bay was a real test for the sailors and crew and as always, the fastest boats…
North Sails Service Team Attend Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
North Sails Ireland service crew will be on hand in force for the VDLR regatta 2019. Since way back in 2004 North Sails Service Team have been on hand at every major Irish regatta to keep our clients and any…
Darragh McCormack, Nigel and Jack Young close in on a weather mark at the Munster Mermaid Championships
I'm just back home after a great day's sailing here with Darragh McCormack in Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary at the Mermaid Munster Championships writes Nigel Young of North Sails Ireland. I have to say the welcome you get…
Rig tuning on Harmony in Scotland
The North Sails Ireland Team moved out of home for a few days last week and set up camp in Tarbert for the 2019 Scottish Series writes Nigel Young. Maurice O'Connell was helping Andrew Craig and his team on the…
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