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Tips for Reefing from North Sails Ireland

14th December 2019
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A competitor is heavily reefed in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race A competitor is heavily reefed in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Photo: Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Here in Ireland the Coastal, ISORA and short-handed sailing is growing rapidly in popularity writes Nigel Young.

Unlike Inshore racing these days in Ireland where I have not reefed in over 10 years the need to reef when sailing offshore or shorthanded is a different story altogether.

Sailing in big breeze can be fun, exciting, maybe stressful, and sometimes expensive when things go wrong. Shortening sail quickly and easily when the breeze comes on is key to looking after your sails and your crew. Last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race saw many teams forced to retire after suffering sail damage on the first evening’s southerly change. So in the lead up to this year’s race, one of my colleagues from North Sails Australia wrote a short piece on the subject and I felt it was well worth sharing. I hope you agree.

Here's the link to the story here

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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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