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Quantum Sails Ireland - New Spinnakers Ordered Now Can Still be Delivered for June and in Time for Cork Week

21st April 2022
Samatom, Grand Soleil 44 this weekend testing her new Fusion M7 Carbon Mainsail and A3 reaching spinnaker built with Contender Superkote
Samatom, Grand Soleil 44 this weekend testing her new Fusion M7 Carbon Mainsail and A3 reaching spinnaker built with Contender Superkote

Like many industries, sailmakers are experiencing delays in delivery in the last few months due to sailcloth delays, transport delays and many other issues. However, Mark Mansfield from Quantum Sails Ireland says the loft has some decent stocks available and spinnakers, in particular, can be supplied quite quickly.

New A2 Superkote Spinnaker for J 109 Something ElseNew A2 Superkote Spinnaker for J 109 Something Else

So if you are thinking of upping your performance for the second part of the season, and your present spinnaker is soft and retains a lot of water, maybe now is the time to raid the bank account and come out with a shiny new kite that will set quicker, be faster when full, and not run the same risk of tearing.

Older spinnakers are not as quick or efficient for various reasons:

  1. When soft and limp, they are slow to set when hoisted.
  2. An old spinnaker eventually becomes porous, and the wind works its way through the cloth, so less pulling power.
  3. A shiny spinnaker will gybe easier, particularly with asymmetric spinnakers, where the spinnaker slides along itself.
  4. If an old spinnaker goes even partly in the water, it will act like a sponge and drag the rest in, whereas a new shiny spinnaker often just 'dances' on top of the water.
  5. An older spinnaker is much more likely to tear or blow out, as the threads joining the sail and the cloth itself start to fail due to age.
  6. Finally replacing a spinnaker offers the opportunity of changing the size required, so maybe going larger if a little underpowered downwind, or perhaps going smaller to make it more manageable and lower the rating. Perhaps even a change of shape can be accommodated so an old full running spinnaker could be replaced with a more all-round radial spinnaker.

A fisheye lens view of a new Carbon M6 Mainsail and S2 spinnaker on Emmet Sheridan's Dufour 45 Blaoga on Dublin BayA fisheye lens view of a new Carbon M6 Mainsail and S2 spinnaker on Emmet Sheridan's Dufour 45 Blaoga on Dublin Bay

For a quote for a new spinnaker, or indeed any sail, Mark Mansfield can be contacted at [email protected] Tel 087 2506838

Some further information on what spinnaker cloth to select is contained in a previous article here

New J122e into Ireland headed for Arklow. Her sails this year will include a new Quantum A2, A3, both Superkote and a Quantum M7 Carbon J2(see above).New J122e into Ireland headed for Arklow. Her sails this year will include a new Quantum A2, A3, both Superkote and a Quantum M7 Carbon J2(see above).

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Quantum Ireland is very happy to discuss individual requirements with owners.

We offer a full-service loft at Oranmore in County Galway to look after all our new and existing clients.

Please contact us for advice and quotes

Mark Mansfield: [email protected] Tel  087 2506838

Yannick Lemonnier: [email protected] Tel: 087 628 9854

About Quantum Sails & West Sails Ireland 

The sail loft is owned and managed by Yannick Lemonnier, a former professional sailor. Opened since Jan 2011, West Sails joined forces with Quantum Sails in 2013.

Prior to coming to Ireland, Yannick worked in La Rochelle with a leading French sailmaker and he is trained in the most modern high tech CAD-based systems and software. Yannick understands sail design and has the experience and expertise to advise you on all of your needs.

In 2020, Irish Olympic helmsman, professional sailor and coach Mark Mansfield joined the loft as a sales agent.

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Four-time Olympian Mark Mansfield is a Professional Sailor. He is Irish Agent for Key Yachting Ltd, the sole U.K. and Irish agent for J Boats, Grand Soleil, Nautitech Catamarans and the Tofinou range of boats. More on Mark here

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