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Good Luck to the Fastnet Race Crews From North Sails Ireland

31st July 2019
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Conor Doyle's Freya, the XP-50 Conor Doyle's Freya, the XP-50 Photo: Afloat

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 Ireland.

Also from Dublin, Conor Fogerty on RAW and Brendan Coghlan Sailing YoYo. All these teams are 100% North Sails.

All these teams are flying full North Sails inventories with 3Di upwind and a blend of Nylon and Aramid downwind sails.........Good Luck to the Teams from us here in North Sails Ireland, we will be watching progress with great interest.

I personally have only sailed the Fastnet once back in 1981 on a 3/4 tonner. I was working on the theory that there was no way it could be as bad as it was in 1979! I was right as we flew spinnakers from Cowes all the way to the Rock. On the way home, we used every upwind sail on the boat including a period under No 4 Jib and three reefs.....This race is not to be underestimated.

Good Luck to all,

Nigel Young

More on the Fastnet Race on the North Sails website here

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