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North Sails Ireland's Customer Successes at Sovereign's Cup in Kinsale

1st July 2019
 The Wright Brother's "Mata" The Wright Brother's "Mata" Credit: Bob Bateman

North Sails Ireland was on and off the water, last week in Kinsale for the biennial Sovereign's Cup supporting our customers and all the competitors writes Maurice O'Connell

My colleague Shane Hughes raced aboard the Wright's "Mata", winning the super-competitive Irish Half-ton Cup and finishing second overall in IRC 2. This adds to their victory in the ICRA's in Dun Laoghaire two weeks ago and their 2nd in the Scottish Series - well done guys. What a season so far!

Nigel Biggs on "Checkmate XVIII" won IRC 2 with my friend and colleague from North Sails UK Neil Mackley aboard. Nice one Biggzee and Strapper!

Nigel BiggsNigel Biggs on "Checkmate XVIII"  Photo: Bob Bateman

I was racing aboard Conor Phelan's "Jump Juice" in IRC 0 but we couldn't stop Frank Whelan's GS 43 "Eleuthera". "Eleuthera" won IRC 0 with straight bullets and took home the overall Sovereign's Cup Trophy for the week. Well done guys.

Eleuthera Grand Soleil Frank Whelan Eleuthera crew celebrate Photo: Bob Bateman

A million thanks to our North Sails service team Richard and Chris Marshall for looking after the overnight sail service to keep everyone going the next day.

Alpaca tingleThe Tingle's Alpaca Photo: Bob Bateman

We'd like to offer our special congratulations to the Tingle family in finished 2nd overall in IRC 1. This family Corinthian crew nearly delivered a huge upset, finishing only three points off 1st overall and won two races in fine style. Congratulation also to Brian Jones, his family and teammates on "Jelly Baby" for finishing 3rd overall.

Six-time Paralympian John Twomey (and my teammate from the 2004 Athens Paralympics) won White Sails 2 in his Blazer 23 "Shillelagh", also scoring the perfect score of four bullets. Well done Tomb Raider! Steffi and Windsor The Wonderful finished 2nd in "Demelza" and "Valfreya" finished 3rd to round out the full podium in WS 2 for North Sails-powered boats.

John Twomey ShillelaghJohn Twomey's Shillelagh Photo: Bob Bateman

The Dragon class saw a clean sweep for North Sails-powered boats with "Phantom", "Jaguar Sailing Team" and "Serafina" filling the podium positions.

Martin Byrne Dragon2 Martin Byrne's Dragon Jaguar Photo: Bob Bateman

Other North-Sails -powered podium finishers were Conor Doyle's beautiful Xp50 "Freya" (2nd in IRC Coastal), Dave Cullen's half-tonner "Checkmate XV" (3rd in IRC 2), Denis Murphy's GS 40 "Nieulargo" (3rd in IRC 1), David Riome's Sigma 33 "Valfreya" (3rd in WS 2) and Tom Durcan / Clive O'Shea's "T-Bone" (3rd in the 1720 class).

Well done and thank you to our customers, all the competitors and the KYC organising team led by Bobby Nash. It was great seeing you all and we look forward to catching up at the next big event - Volvo Dun Laoghaire Week on July 11th.

North Sails Results at 2019 Sovereign's Cup


1. "Eluethera" GS 43 Frank Whelan *
2. "Jump Juice" Ker 36.7 Conor Phelan
3. "Nieulargo" GS 40 Denis Murphy


2. "Alpaca" Paul & Deirdre Tingle X34
3. "Jelly Baby" Brian Jones & Family J109 *


1. "Checkmate XVIII" Nigel Biggs Half-tonner
2. "Mata" Wright Brothers Half-tonner
3. "Checkmate XV" Dave Cullen Half-tonner

Half-Ton Class

1. "Mata" Wright Brothers Half-tonner
2. "Checkmate XVIII" Nigel Biggs Half-tonner
3. "Checkmate XV" Dave Cullen Half-tonner

White Sails 2

1. "Shilelagh" John Twomey Blazer 23
2. "Demelza" Windsor Laudan & Steffi Ennis Shamrock
3. "Valfreya" David Riome Sigma 33

Coastal IRC

2. "Freya" Conor Doyle Xp50


1. "Phantom" Peter Dowring/Neil Hegarty/David Williams
2. Jaguar Racing Martin Byrne
3. "Serafina" Brian Goggin


3. "T-Bone" Tom Durcan & Clive O'Shea

North Sails Ireland acknowledge with thanks Bob Bateman's photography in this article

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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.

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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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