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North Sails Clients Excel at VDLR Regatta 2019

16th July 2019
IRC One winners Joker II (John Maybury) IRC One winners Joker II (John Maybury) Photo: Afloat

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 rise to the top writes Nigel Young.

The large majority in 2019 were powered by North Sails…

North Sails is a technology-based company producing the Worlds most advanced sails. Our unique 3Di technology could be seen onboard the class winners in 2019 and many of our visiting friends from across the water could not believe the sheer numbers of 3Di Sails in evidence at the regatta. For a more detailed view of this very special product take a look here at the link: 3Di Technology

3Di Afloat pic

For 2019 I had the pleasure of sailing with the Kelly Family on Storm, a very successful J-109 sailing in IRC Class one. Arguably one of the most competitive IRC classes with 26 boats competing for the title. This was going to be a real test for North Sails and our clients.

My colleagues Maurice (Prof) O’Connell and Shane Hughes were also racing at the regatta and we had our full-service operation set up in a local sports hall ready to keep our clients at full strength with any sail repairs they might need. The service operation is run by Richard Marshall and we have been offering this overnight repair service to sailors in Ireland since 2004 when North Sails Ireland was founded.

Service Team in Action

We are extremely proud to share our clients results with you for 2019:

IRC Class 0

1st Eleuthera Grand Soleil 44 Frank Whelan*

2nd Forty Licks First 40 Jay Colville

3rd Signal 8 Ker 40 Jamie Mc William*

IRC Class 1

1st Joker 2 J-109 John Maybury

2nd White Mischief J-109 Tim Goodbody

3rd Storm J-109 Pat Kelly

John Maybury and crew Joker 2John Maybury and the Joker 2 crew

RC 35 Class

1st Storm J-109 Pat Kelly

3rd Animal Beneteau 36.7 Debbie & Kevin Aitken

IRC Class 2A

1st Checkmate XVIII Half Tonner Nigel Biggs

2nd Checkmate XV Half Tonner Dave Cullen

3rd Harmony Half Tonner Jonny Swan

IRC Class 2B

3rd Impetuous Corby 25 Fergal Noonan

IRC Class 3

2nd Running Wild Impala Brendan & Sarah Foley*

3rd Cartoon ¼ Tonner Ken Lawless

IRC Class 4

1st She Too She 31 Jonathan Fawcett

Non Spinnaker 1 IRC

1st Bite the Bullet Elan 333 Colm Birmingham

3rd Shearwater Dehler 36sq Eamon Doyle & Peter O’Toole

Non Spinnaker Class 2

3rd Menapia UFO 31 James & Susan McSweeny

Coastal Class A-IRC

1st Mermaid IV First 50 Seamus Fitzpatrick*

3rd Rockabill VI JPK 10.80 Paul O’ Higgins*

 Coastal Class B-IRC

1st Mojito J-109 Peter Dunlop

2nd Jet Stream J-109 Nigel Ingram*

3rd Windjammer J-97 Lindsey Casey & Denis Power

Beneteau 211 Irish Championships

3rd Small Wonder Hugh Kelly & Jackie McStay

Beneteau 31.7 Class Scratch

1st Eauvation Jason & Debbie Corlett*

2nd Final Call John Minnis*

3rd Crazy Horse Frank Heath

Dragon Class

1st Sir Ossis of the River Denis Bergin

2nd ZinZan Timothy Carpenter*

3rd Whisper Peter Bowring

J-80 Class

1st Jabs Jonathan O’Dowd*

3rd Robert Dix*

Mixed Sports Boat

2nd Jabs J-80 Jonathan O’Dowd*

Ruffian 23

2nd Shannagh Padraig MacDiarmada*

Shipman 28

2nd Jo Slim John Clarke & BJ Maher* 

Sigma 33

1st Leaky Roof 2 Alan Harper/Robertson, Eric Robertson & Kirsty Robertson

2nd Mayrise James Millar*


2nd Starfish Alan Carr


1st Three Chevrons Vincent McCormack

3rd Jill Paul Smith & Pat Mangan


1st Swift Guy Killroy

2nd Mariposa Cathy MacAleavey*

*denotes partial inventory

Congratulations again to all the North powered boats at the 2019 VDLR, it was a great event and we are looking forward to the next one already!


Nigel Young, North Sails Ireland

Published in North Sails Ireland

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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.

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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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