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MD Frank Kowalski and his Safehaven Marine team exercise the State’s recommended physical distancing measures for a safer workplace
New restrictions prompted by Covid-19 require new ways of working for essential businesses, and Safehaven Marine in Cork is among those rising to the challenge. The performance boatbuilder has spread out its production over two large factories, with staff divided…
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Tune into North Sails Webinars
Our North Sails Moth webinar last week was a great success with "Mothies" from all over the world tuning in - including Irish Moth sailors from around the country! The upcoming North Sails Webinar schedule can be found here We'd…
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A code zero (left) and a Flying Jib on Dublin Bay cruiser WOW!
UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Barry Hayes looks at the differences between Code Zeros and Flying Jibs on IRC, what are the best angles for each and tips for using them. Both sails are used reaching, but at what angels and why…
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Viking Marine Operating Online: Supplying the Boating Parts & Equipment You Need
In response to yesterday’s Government Covid-19 announcement, Viking Marine has made further changes to ensure the safety of our customers and team writes Ian O'Meara. While staying at home and working on boats we wish to ensure you have the…
Tom Slingsby
Tom Slingsby has won Olympic gold and numerous world titles in the Laser class. He has won the America's Cup as strategist with Team Oracle USA. Last December, he flew his North Sails 3Di mainsail in a never seen before…
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Offshore sailing - how to cope with those long periods of isolation where you can only do so much
Offshore Sailing Guru Casey Smith shares his thoughts on how to remain focussed during long periods at sea in this latest North Sails article. When we get back to racing later in the season this could be really helpful for…
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Working On Your Boat? CH Marine Offers ’No Touch’ Shopping With Great Boat Care Selection
If you’re a boat owner looking to keep yourself busy during the current climate and are planning to work on your boat, CH Marine has you covered with a wide selection of boat care products. The chandlery is offering ‘no…
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Yannick Lemonnier at the Quantum loft in Galway
During this Coronavirus crisis, the Quantum Sails Ireland and West Sails service loft in Galway will remain open behind closed doors and contactable by phone and online. Drop off or collection of sails can also be arranged. New sail production continues…
Nick Southward’s J109, Whiskey Jack, sailing in last week’s Hong Kong IRC Nationals
In light of the coronavirus situation effecting Ireland, Afloat.ie got in touch with Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland, who has lived in three continents, to share his experience in Asia and what’s going on with Covid-19 in Hong Kong’s…
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Chris Power Smith's Aurelia with her big gold North Sails spinnaker at the start of the 2019 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race
Greetings to all our North Sails Ireland sailing friends at home here in Ireland and around the world. All of us are passionate about sailing and we can keep a calm head afloat when things get serious. Please join us…
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World's Largest Multihull Show at Le Grand-Motte Cancelled But Test Sail Nautitech Catamarans at Hamble
Mark Mansfield, Irish agent for Nautitech Catamarans, advises on the cancellation of April's Le Grand Motte Multihull Show and that an option to test sail versions in Hamble is available. While we might not be able to see you at…
UK Sailmakers Ireland Covid-19 Measures
In light of the Government's safety guidelines, UK Sailmakers Ireland in Crosshaven has taken the decision to close the loft to customers, both for the safety of our staff and customers. This has not affected the production or delivery of…
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Viking Marine Make Daily Deliveries to Dun Laoghaire Yacht Clubs
Viking Marine is happy to deliver primer, paint, varnish and supplies to any of the local clubs as work starts on boats over the weekend in anticipation of next month's Summer sailing season.   To avail of this service simply contact Viking…
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Viking Marine: Business as Usual In Store & Online
In light of the spread of the Covid-19 virus, Viking Marine at Dun Laoghaire Harbour would like to reassure our customers as to the steps we have taken to provide a safe retail environment. We continue to maintain the highest…
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3Di RAW North Sails on Swan 42 one designs
North Sails have been the market leader in sail technology for as long as I have been sailmaking, and that's a couple of years now! (started back in 1981). When a company like North Sails comes up with something new,…
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A Dehler 30 OD with A3 Quantum Asymmetric
Mark Mansfield, Quantum Sailmakers Ireland agent and professional sailor, outlines what downwind sails should be available to owners who want to compete at a top-level offshore. Having competed in the last two Round Ireland Races (on the Euro Car Parks/J109…

About boot Düsseldorf: With almost 250,000 visitors, boot Düsseldorf is the world's largest boat and water sports fair and every year in January the “meeting place" for the entire industry. From 18 to 26 January 2020, around 2,000 exhibitors will be presenting their interesting new products, attractive further developments and maritime equipment. This means that the complete market will be on site in Düsseldorf and will be inviting visitors on nine days of the fair to an exciting journey through the entire world of water sports in 17 exhibition halls covering 220,000 square meters. With a focus on boats and yachts, engines and engine technology, equipment and accessories, services, canoes, kayaks, kitesurfing, rowing, diving, surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, SUP, fishing, maritime art, marinas, water sports facilities as well as beach resorts and charter, there is something for every water sports enthusiast.

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