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Frank Whelan's Eleuthera, a Grand Soleil 44, was the IRC overall winner in the first ISORA race from Dun Laoghaire. Scroll down for more photos
Frank Whelan's well sailed Eleuthera, a Grand Soleil 44, was the winner of ISORA's Viking Marine Coastal Series first race in ideal sailing conditions on Dublin Bay this afternoon.  An exotic mix of new and nearly new entries into the 2018…
The J121 Jackhammer ISORA crew taking in the rays while fending off the cold stateside
Earlier this month UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Barry Hayes was in Newport, Rhode Island, commissioning sails aboard the new J121 “Jackhammer”. Owned and campaigned by ISORA and Ocean Racing veteran Andrew Hall – “Jackhammer” has an extensive programme planned for her…
J109 Wakey Wakey won class one and overall in last weekend's pre-season ISORA race
The ISORA 2018 offshore sailing series starts this weekend on both sides of the Irish Sea with Racing on Saturday in Pwllheli and Race two in Dun Laoghaire this Sunday. The fixture is part of ISORA's 'Viking Marine Coastal Series'. Weather…
Viking Marine is hiring new staff
As the new sailing season arrives, Viking Marine in Dun Laoghaire and Kilcoole is looking to recruit full time and part time people to join its crew, both in the shop, and out and about at events. The ideal candidate/s…
Mike Evans' Half Tonner Big Picture, using North 3DL sails, in action in Howth at a breezy start to the Key Capital Spring Warmer Series
North Sails Ireland sailmakers Shane Hughes and Maurice "Prof" O'Connell were afloat in the coaching RIB at the first day of the Key Capital sponsored Spring Warmer Series in HYC on April 14th. Also in Howth was NS colleague Nigel…
Grand Prix legend Eddie Jordan with his Oyster 885 Lush
Ireland’s Formula One Grand Prix legend Eddie Jordan has long been a keen sailor - his current vessel is the well-travelled Oyster 885 Lush. He has now stepped-up his involvement with the well-known UK-based firm as a result of its…
The polyestermite – nasty little thing, consuming fibreglass boats somewhere near you. The rumour is that they breed them in Glandore
Be careful what you wish for if you’ve tunnel vision in favour of wooden boats writes W M Nixon. Fibreglass, the most useful and popular boat-building material, may be at risk from the polyestermite. And there are two notions about…
Peter Beamish (right) with the Camira crew at Dun Laoghaire Marina all set for a 3di Sail Trial on Dublin Bay
North Sails Ireland's Maurice "Prof" O'Connell had a chilly evening's test sail on Friday April 13th, unlucky 13th for Prof, as he had no foul weather gear! The occasion was the unveiling of new sails on the Beneteau First 31.7…
Jeremy Elliott fits a new Spirit 76 3Di mainsail for a North Sails Ireland client in Antibes
Kinsale sailor and naval architect Jeremy Elliott is heading up North Sails Design Services giving him a key role in making the latest technology available to the North Technology Group companies and their clients. Based in Gosport, he’s worked on everything…
The Z-Cru is for stylish wear both on and off the water. Available from Viking Marine and CH Marine
Zhik’s bright new Z-Cru™ jackets breathe new life into the myriad of crew sailing jackets on the market and feature some neat technical detailing, in line with Zhik’s ethos of disrupting the status quo in order to move technical clothing…
A screen shot from a practice start video from the North Sails Ireland 'Speedcamp' in Norway last weekend. Scroll down for video.
2016 Melges 24 World Champion Maurice "Prof" O'Connell & Nigel Young from North Sails Ireland were invited to Bergen in Noway to run a 'Speedcamp' for the Scandinavian fleet last weekend.  Over 50 sailors took part over the three day…
Skipper Brendan Coghlan with his new spinnaker and the sponsors graphic applied by North Sails Ireland
Brendan Coghlan's new Dublin Bay based Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 took to the water recently for her maiden voyage. North Sails Ireland's Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell and Nigel Young and were afloat with Brendan's team, testing the full inventory of sails that…
The first results of testing a new UK Sailmakers light Jib (JX) for the J109 class have been very encouraging, says the Cork–based sailmaker
Leading the charge with the design of a new J109 'JX' jib – tested for the first time on Dublin Bay last week – UK Sailmakers are hoping for a return to a 'golden era' for Irish sailmaking.  For many years, Ireland…
Baltimore Sailing Club played host again this Easter to the first Provincial event on the Irish Laser calendar
Howth Yacht Club's Ewan McMahon won the four race CH Marine Laser Munster Championships in convinging style with three race wins in his 37–boat fleet. Dublin sailors also made a clean sweep of a 19–boat Radial fleet with Royal St.…
Asymmetric sails have become much more popular in recent years. This article describes the options on going fast downwind
In recent years, asymmetric sails have become much more popular. If you have a boat with a sprit you will likely have 100% asymmetric downwind sails. If you have a boat with a pole, it is likely you will (or…
North Sails Sail Trim Simulator: In both screens, the J/35 is sailing at a little over 12 knots. In the upper right-hand corner, you have adjustments for wind speed and sea-state
A North Sails Ireland 'Sail Trim simulator' will be used during post race de–briefings at the ICRA Nationals this August in Galway. The new tool helps to 'make sense of sail trim, fundamentals of sail shape, and understand how these variables impact…

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