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Return to Sailing with North Sails Ireland (VIDEO)

5th May 2021

The North Sails Ireland crew are really looking forward to getting back on the water "race training" in the next few days. It's great to see sailing opening up again and the return to the sport we all love. It's time to dust off those sails and get back on the water.......

I was visiting Shane Hughes a couple of weeks ago at our Service loft in Wicklow and he has been very busy over the last few weeks. As more and more boats hit the water in May the service team are going to be flat out with demand. If you need any sail service do not hesitate to contact Shane directly at the loft. [email protected] and get ahead of the rush.

One of the big things we have noticed over the past five years is a change in the style of sail repairs being carried out. Since 3Di first arrived in Ireland back in 2013 with Pat and David Kelly onboard the all conquering J-109 "Storm" the landscape has slowly changed. 3Di has some truly unique properties that really enhance the life span of the sails......It was rare back in 2013 that the fastest products were also the most durable! But now that is so true in the North World of 3Di.

A new video was just released as part of our "What is" series. Please take a look at this short video below and you will understand a whole lot more about 3Di and how it is made. Now the most durable sails on the planet are also the fastest, quite a bold claim but as all of our 3Di clients know here in Ireland it's a fact. No delamination just cannot happen with 3Di.

In the World of 3Di and sail service, we no longer have to deal with delamination so common with all other plastic sails. 3Di does not have any mylar films in the construction at all, no parasitic weight as we like to call it. In some plastic sails the mylar film can be up to 50% of the all up weight of the sail........and all it does is add weight and finally crack. Not an ingredient we like to have in our sails these days.........

I hope you like the video and we look forward to seeing you all on the race track very soon!


Nigel, Prof and Shane.

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Cois Chuain
O'Regan's Field
Myrtleville, Cork P43 V997
 353 0212061769


Bend on / Bend off, Canvas, Certified Service, Sail Hardware Upgrades, Sail Inspection / Evaluation, Sail Measurement, Sail Repair, Sail Storage, Sail Washing



09:00 – 17:30


The Boatyard
Sea Road, Newcastle Wicklow
Leinster A63DT26 Ireland


Certified Service, Sail Repair



08:30 – 17:30


Nigel Young

Loft Manager, One Design Expert
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Shane Hughes

One Design Expert, Sales Person
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Maurice O’Connell

One Design Expert, Sales Person
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Nigel Young

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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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