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Behind the Scenes Video at North Sails Gosport, Europe's Largest Sail Loft

5th December 2022
Europe's Largest Sail Loft at  North Sails in Gosport
Europe's Largest Sail Loft at North Sails in Gosport Credit: Ian Roman

North Sails Ireland is in the very fortunate position to be working directly with Europe's Largest Sail Loft, North Sails in Gosport.

This loft really is something special in the variety of work handled here and the sheer volume of sails that pass over the loft floor and onto the water. One Design to Super Yacht under the same roof is a rare thing these days.....

If you ever find yourself on the South Coast of England with a few hours to spare, it's well worth calling in for a look. Once you have stepped inside these doors, you will never look at a Sail Loft in the same way again.

A North Sail Loft sewing machinist at work at Fareham Photo: Ian RomanA North Sail Loft sewing machinist at work at Fareham Photo: Ian Roman

I had the pleasure of running the One Design Division of North Sails in Gosport from 1994 through to 2004, and lots of my colleagues are still there today with the same passion and drive for the job. When you have a large operation like this with so many talented sailmakers, sailors and managers under one roof, it breeds an ultra-competitive environment and a product to match.

 Sail decals are applied at the North Sails manufacturing loft in Gosport, UK Sail decals are applied at the North Sails manufacturing loft in Gosport, UK Photo: Ian Roman

Take a look at this short video for a taste of what happens in North Sails Gosport on a day-to-day basis:

Behind the Scenes North Sails Gosport

Here at North Sails Ireland, we work directly with the Design Team in Gosport to produce the fastest possible sails for your boat. We are so lucky to have access to some of the World's top Designers to work with on our local and international projects.

Sails finished at the North Sail Loft, Fareham, are loaded onto the truck for delivery to the customer Photo: Ian RomanSails finished at the North Sail Loft, Fareham, are loaded onto the truck for delivery to the customer Photo: Ian Roman

I hope you enjoy the video, and please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help you now the season is coming to a close here in Ireland.

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Nigel Young

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LOFT INFO

Cork

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

SPECIALITIES

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

HOURS

Weekdays

09:00 – 17:30

Wicklow

The Boatyard
Sea Road, Newcastle Wicklow
Leinster A63DT26 Ireland
0838103539

SPECIALITIES

Certified Service, Sail Repair

Hours

Weekdays

08:30 – 17:30

NORTH SAILS EXPERTS

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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