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Cruising Sails – What's New for 2019?
With Winter setting in and the Turkey Shoot over, it is just about time to begin making plans for the 2019 cruising season. In this article Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland provides some tips and options to make your…
The Oyster 745 yacht will be at Boot Düsseldorf in January
Boot Düsseldorf is the biggest boat and water sports trade fair in the world and is the place where all of the industry meets in January every year. Nearly 2,000 exhibitors, over 50 per cent not from Germany, from nearly…
Luxury yachts berthed at St Katherine Dock for the London On-Water Boat Show - relaunching in 2019 as the London Yacht Show
#TradeNews - Organisers of prestigious yacht shows in Florida and Monaco have taken over the boutique London On-Water Boat Show and are set to relaunch the brand next May as the London Yacht Show. As Motor Boat & Yachting reports,…
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'Outrajeous' New J109 Arrives into Dublin
Continuing their 2018 development programme UK Sailmakers Ireland are working with John Murphy and Richard Colwell’s new J109 which arrived into Howth last month. After successful development and testing of the ‘JX’ headsail design on Dublin Bay the UK Sailmakers…
Motoring into Kingston Harbour escorted by Jamaican Coastguard, L-R is Conor Clarke (IRL), David Allen (JAM), Prof O'Connell (North Sails Ireland) and Michael Browne (NI)
Two years to the day that Ireland's Embarr team won the Melges 24 Worlds in Miami, Conor Clarke and Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell were back on the water for the 380–mile Round Jamaica Race on Mark Shield's Beneteau 35s5 "Breakaway". Mark is…
Gordon Maguire (left) and Chris Nicholson at the Doyle Lake Macquarie Loft
Gordon Maguire, 57 years old, who hails from Howth Yacht Club in County Dublin and now lives in Lake Macquarie, Australia has joined Doyle Sails. Maguire, who has been a professional sailor for 32 years has competed in five Whitbread/Volvo…
Viking Marine Support 'Small Business Saturday' Initiative to Shop Local
Viking Marine of Dun Laoghaire is backing this Saturday's 'Small Business Saturday', an initiative driven by government and spearheaded by Retail Excellence Ireland. The Small Business Saturday Awareness Campaign launched to encourage consumers to shop local and support small retailers…
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Viking Marine’s Black Friday Deals Now Available
Viking Marine’s Black Friday specials are now available — but be quick as these deals only last till Monday 26 November. Get the best savings on selected Helly Hansen bags — with up to 50% off — and get 40%…
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In April 2018 UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Barry Hayes, Graham Curran, and Mark Mansfield carried out a two-boat testing session with the newly developed ‘JX’ headsail design on Dublin Bay
In Grand Prix classes throughout the sport of sailing, it is well known that sheeting angles are becoming tighter and tighter – modern TP52s have jib sheeting angles as close as 4 degrees off the centreline. The J109 class in…
The Zhik ZK Seaboot 900 was designed for teams during the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
The new ZK Seaboot 900 is a marine clothing product created as a direct result of Zhik’s partnership with team AkzoNobel and the Dongfeng Race Team, overall winners of the recent Volvo Ocean Race. Designed for serious, long-distance offshore racers…
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Make This Year’s Christmas One To Remember With Viking Marine
Christmas is less than six weeks away — but no need to fret, as Viking Marine has many wonderful gift ideas for all the sailors in your life. Whether they’re only starting out or an ‘ancient mariner’, a dinghy enthusiast…
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Viking Marine Recruiting Full-Time & Part-Time Sales Assistants
Viking Marine is currently looking to recruit some hard-working and experienced sailing enthusiasts to work full time and part time as sales assistants in its Dun Laoghaire store. If you are an experienced sailor with dinghy and yachts knowledge and…
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All Eyes On Viking Marine’s Black Friday Deals
Viking Marine in Dun Laoghaire has something special in store for this year’s Black Friday sales. Be sure to visit next Friday 23 November for exclusive savings and major discounts on clothing, safety equipment, boat hardware and more. And be…
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Author Mark Mansfield on the helm of a J109 at the start of the 2016 Round Ireland Race from Wicklow
Mark Mansfield, racing consultant and agent for UK Sailmakers Ireland, gives Afloat.ie readers ten top tips on helming techniques. It's an area where he has extensive experience, having competed in four Olympic Regattas, over 30 World and European Championships in various…
The latest order from San Juan will bring the total of Interceptor 48 pilot vessels to 17
Safehaven Marine’s latest commission comes from Puerto Rico, as its capital San Juan has ordered an Interceptor 48 pilot boat. This will be the 41st pilot vessel and the 17th in the Interceptor 48 class produced by the Cork Harbour boatyard,…
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Conrad Coleman in the 2016/17 Vendée Globe
Your mainsail vang (or kicker) is the sail control all of us know. For those of us who grew up sailing from a young age, we’ve had it from Optimists to Lasers, to keelboats and beyond. But do you know…

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