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First Three Sail Deliveries in 2021 for North Sails Ireland

5th January 2021
Sarah Robertson with her new GN-1B genoa in her garden Sarah Robertson with her new GN-1B genoa in her garden Credit: Maurice O'Connell/North Sails Ireland

A Happy New Year everyone from all of us here in North Sails Ireland!

Fingers crossed that the next few months will see a brighter future for us all and our sport that we love. Here at North Sails we are working assiduously and responsibly behind the scenes to help make this a reality.

We took the liberty of personally delivering some new sails to customers who were unable to collect them due to the 5km restriction. Fully masked and sanitised, we dropped some Water Wag sails to Rathmines and two sets of Puppeteer sails to Howth.

It was a delight to unroll Sarah Robertson's new GN-1B genoa in her garden yesterday. Her GN-1B is manufactured in premium RSQ 5.55 hard finish "Polykote" racing polyester manufactured by Contender. The finishing detailing on the sail is superb - congratulations to our wonderful sailmakers on the loft floor and our lead designer in our one-design group, Ruairidh Scott.

Sarah is the daughter of PRO doyen David Lovegrove and her Puppeteer "Snowgoose" has been in the family for many years. I may have team-raced against Sarah in the 90's - that's all a bit hazy but I look forward to a race with Sarah and her team in 2021 - if they'll have me!

North Sails have been involved in the P22 class in Howth since 2009 and I have had the pleasure of competing in some fantastic races there whilst helping teams get their Pups up to speed.

Yellow Peril powered by North Sails winning the Puppeteer 22 Nationals in 20192019 Puppeteer Nationals winner "Yellow Peril", skippered by former ISA President Neil Murphy. Yellow Peril is flying her North Sails PM-1 spinnaker manufactured in A GRADE Contender Superkote and her PM3 mainsail manufactured in Contender RSQ Polykote 6.05 polyester. Photo: WM Nixon

Scorie Walls and Declan Browne's Gold Dust powered by North SailsScorie Walls and Declan Browne's Gold Dust finishing 2nd overall in the 2017 Nationals - powered by North Sails

Keep in touch everyone and best wishes from us here at North Sails Ireland.

Maurice O'Connell

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Maurice O'Connell

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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.

Full bio here.

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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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