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North Sails Ireland Race Boats On The Podium at Scottish Series

28th May 2018
In IRC 2, the Kelly family's heavily IRC-optimised J109 "Storm II" from Rush SC won her class with a four-point margin In IRC 2, the Kelly family's heavily IRC-optimised J109 "Storm II" from Rush SC won her class with a four-point margin Photo: Marc Turner/Scottish Series

North Sails Ireland-powered race-boats took three podium places in the just-concluded Scottish Series raced in majestic conditions on the beautiful waters of Loch Fyne.

In IRC 2, the Kelly family's heavily IRC-optimised J109 "Storm II" from Rush SC won her class with a four-point margin. Speaking after racing in Tarbert, David Kelly said, "the boat felt as if it was doing eight knots at times upwind, our new Code 2 jib is giving us unbelievable upwind speed". Her downwind performance is also exceptional - "Storm II" is the only J109 in Ireland or the UK fitted with symmetric spinnakers - supplied by North Sails Ireland.

Harmony Half tonnerJohnny Swan's classic half-tonner "Harmony" was second in Class Three. Photo: Marc Turner/Scottish Series

In IRC 3, Johnny Swan's classic half-tonner "Harmony" from Howth YC, finished an incredibly close 2nd in her class, losing out by only a single point. "Harmony" was only launched for the season four days before the event and unveiled her new suit of North Sails 3Di upwind sails and V-Series symmetric spinnakers for Scotland.

Jump Juice Scotland"Jump Juice" flying her 3DL 860 inshore mainsail and V-Series 0.6oz symmetric spinnaker at 2018 Scottish Series Photo: Marc Turner/Scottish Series

In IRC 1, Conor & Denise Phelan's Ker 37 "Jump Juice" from Royal Cork YC, with North Sails Ireland's Maurice "Prof" O'Connell sailing aboard as tactician, finished 3rd overall. Speaking after the event, Prof commented, "we made some pretty drastic rig adjustments which seem to have improved the boat's upwind performance. Our electric backstay failed on the Sunday which resulted in two bad races that day so I guess we have to be happy with a close third overall!".

Speaking from the recently concluded Dragon event in la Baule, France, North Sails Ireland's Nigel Young said, "we are delighted to see our customers delivering exceptional performances in Scotland. Well done to you all. The North Sails Ireland team will be at Wave Regatta next weekend in Howth so we are looking forward to getting the low down on Scotland then".

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North Sails Ireland is operated by Loft Manager and One Design Expert Nigel Young at his Cork Harbour base at Myrtleville. The company specialities include Bend on / Bend off, Canvas, Certified Service, Sail Hardware Upgrades, Sail Inspection / Evaluation, Sail Measurement, Sail Repair, Sail Storage and Sail Washing. Working with Nigel are Maurice O'Connell, Shane Hughes and Richard Marshall.

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