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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.

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…
A 3Di sail under construction
Here at North Sails Ireland, we are blessed with a top level service department lead by the very skilled Richard Marshall from Cobh writes Nigel Young. There is nothing Richard and his team cannot do with fabrics of any kind…
The North Sails Trickle Down Effect...
You often hear about the trickle down effect of products developed for the America's Cup, it makes great PR and reads well in the Social Media but so many times it never really makes it all the way to the…
This is the RCYC Under 25 sailing Team testing out some new 3Di 1720 Nordac sails back in Feb. This picture shows very nice light airs trim albeit with a slightly over-tight rig for the current conditions. This picture shows the full 3Di structure and the smooth flying shapes of the molded sails in all their glory.  Despite the tight rig the entry on the Jib is still quite OK but just a touch on the shallow side.  A softer rig with more sag would allow a little more depth and power into the Jib making it easier for the helm to find an easy groove to steer. To read more info on how to make headstay sag your friend see below...
Following on from our last piece last week on the J24 Class, the subject of headstay sag has come up on several occasions writes Nigel Young. Headstay sag plays a large part in all sailboats and especially here in Ireland on…
J24s racing at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay
The North Sails Trim Talks tour of Ireland has been going really well and it's always a treat for us to get out of the office and meet the clients and potential clients in a relaxed learning environment writes Loft manager Nigel Young.…
Maurice "Prof" O'Connell at the North Sails talk in Howth
North Sails Ireland had the pleasure of presenting their latest sail trim seminar at Howth YC last night for its members and guests writes Nigel Young. I counted over seventy people in the audience and my colleague Maurice "Prof" O'Connell…
Foynes Yacht Club Champion, Darragh McCormack
North Sails Ireland is offering the members of Foynes Yacht Club and visitors a presentation on the latest theory and techniques for improving and refining upwind trim and boat speed. North Sails Ireland will be hosting the Sail Trim &…
The RCYC U25 team sporting North Sails T-Shirts
North Sails Ireland enjoyed a great day out last Friday with the Royal Cork Yacht Club Under 25 Academy. We were looking at some new 1720 3Di Nordac upwind sails and the North 1720 T-6 Class spinnaker writes Nigel Young.…
2018 has been a successful season for North Sails Ireland. Read the review and the victory roll below
Nigel Young, manager of North Sails Ireland (NSI), gives an overview of a successful 2018 sailing season for the sailmaker. What an amazing year 2018 was for North Sails Ireland and its clients! We are extremely proud of these results and…
Darragh McCormack, the Mermaid Nationals winner flying his North Sails
On the 19th June 2018, an email landed into my inbox from Darragh McCormack making an enquiry about Mermaid sails from my loft, North Sails Ireland writes Nigel Young. I have been corresponding with Darragh since 2014 but in most cases,…
Dave Cullen and the Checkmate XV crew
North Sails Ireland congratulate clients Dave Cullen, Jonny Swan and both teams crews for taking first and second overall at the Half Ton Cup last week in Belgium writes sailmaker Nigel Young. The Half Ton Cup has been well supported by Irish…

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