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North Sails Ireland have enjoyed a strong connection with Bill Gladstone and the North U program over the last few years. 

Back in the early years of North Sails Ireland Bill came over and did two tours of duty around the Island of Ireland as our politicians like to say!

I was looking at the revamped North U website only this morning and thought it would be good to share this with all the Afloat readers.

North U has been in existence for many years now and these guys really know their stuff. There is so much information on the site its really worth a read to see if there is anything specific you and your crew can take from the North U Team.

There are also plenty of Free Downloads here to give you a real taste of what North U is all about.

Being part of the North Sails Family it's not all about selling sails and results. Education is top of the list for North Sails and you can see that online and in the field.

When you buy a North Sail you are working with experts and part of the fun of the job is educating our customers to improve their sailing and performance.

Thanks to Bill Gladstone and the team at North U we have some resources to share with you and your crew.

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In celebration of the Cork 300 Regatta in 2020 North Sails are offering a very special deal for the 1720 fleet. For all sails ordered before the end of December 2019 North Sails Ireland are offering savings on the full range of sails.

North Sails have been involved in the 1720 class since its inception and our sails have enjoyed some great results over the years. We were delighted to see our 3Di sails at the front of the fleet in 2019 and the feedback has been excellent.

In recent times things have been a little quiet in the class but with the 1720 Europeans forming part of the Cork 300 celebrations, it seems like every 1720 within a 400 miles radius will be joining the fleet in 2020!

So with that in mind, we decided to make a one-time special offer to the class to allow more teams to experience what North Sails and 3Di can do for you.

For prices and terms please do not hesitate to contact us at: [email protected]

1720 North

We look forward to hearing from you very soon.

Offer ends 31st December 2019.

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Here at North Sails Ireland, there is nothing we like more than working with the under 25 sailing teams all over the country. This is a growing segment in Irish sailing and we are delighted to be involved from the very start.

Having been personally involved with the RCYC and FYC Teams during 2019 there is a nice steady growth in this area and it's fantastic to be at Keelboat regattas surrounded by so many young people. This year's J-24 National in Lough Erne was a great example with six under 25 teams at the regatta. It changes the whole dynamic of the event and adds a layer of fresh enthusiasm for our sport.

This segment is not all about winning, its main objective is to keep people in the Sport and offer them a place to race and opportunities to experience One Design keelboat sailing. Having said that I am sure with the right equipment and the correct level of funding it will not be long before we see more under 25 teams taking the silverware home.

It appears that the J-24 is emerging as the boat of choice in many clubs and with this, in mind, I wanted to share a story from the current world champions: World Championship winners debrief.

under 25 teamRCYC under 25 team gear

North Sails have been involved with the J-24 since its birth way back in the 70's and the sails have been heavily refined over that time. For more about the North Sails J-24 sail range please look here North J-24 Sail Range

Having said the above its not all about the J-24.........Many other classes are suitable such as the 1720 and the J-80. Both of these are used for Under 25 sailing and like any boat, they each offer a unique challenge in how to get the best out of them.

1720 North sailsThe under 25 1720 sporting North Sails

Short article here from earlier this year with the RCYC Under 25 squad and their 1720.

If you or your club are involved in under 25 sailing please do not hesitate to contact the North Sails Ireland Team if you need any help at all.

We look forward to training and racing against you all in 2020.

Sail FAST.

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"North Sails have been powering "Joker II" since 2007. They just keep getting better and better and I have no doubt their latest 3Di Raw headsails have been a big factor in our success this year in the ICRA's, Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and now the J109 Nationals. A big Thank You to Prof and the North Sails team for your fantastic support". 

These were John Maybury's own words after claiming a third headline victory this year in his J109 "Joker II" at the National Championships in Dublin Bay last weekend. 

Congratulations and RESPECT to the "Joker II" team - clearly a bunch of happy campers at the prizegiving - despite me photo bombing!

Prof with the winning Joker II team at the J109 NationalsProf with the winning Joker II team at the J109 Nationals

They were pushed very hard by Pat Kelly's team on "Storm II" who, despite having a 1,3,1 score on day 2, could not quite close the gap. Awesome sailing though. 

My teammates from the Scottish Series in May on "Chimaera" also put up a very strong consistent fight finishing third with a string of 2nds and 3rd in their scoreline.

Chimaera flying her 3Di RAW mainsail and Code 2 JibChimaera flying her 3Di RAW mainsail and Code 2 Jib

North Sails provided our ever popular red caps and gear bags as prizes for the event and I had a great time on the water coaching and facilitating the video de-brief afterwards on by BIG birthday - thank you to the J109 fleet for the cake!

Prof celebrates after the J109 De briefHappy Birthday! Prof celebrates after the J109 debrief at the RIYC

See you next Saturday at the Howth Autumn League and Sunday at the Royal Cork Autumn League!

From the North Sails Ireland team - Sail FAST.

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I was on Dun Laoghaire Marina and in the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Saturday night to greet both the JPK 1080 "Rockabill VI" and J122 "Aurelia" into Dun Laoghaire after the ISORA grand finale - the Pwhelli to Dun Laoghaire race writes Maurice O'Connell

Both teams were tired but in good form after the all-day sprint which culminated in a light air crawl for the last few miles. What a season-long effort by two tremendously well-prepared boats.

"Rockabill VI" won the series overall and "Aurelia" finished 2nd overall and both are powered by North Sails. They also finished 1st and 2nd in IRC 0. Fantastic job guys! It has been a pleasure and privilege for us to travel the ISORA journey with you!

I spoke with Paul after the race and here is what he had to say - "this year has been an amazing year for us winning the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race, ICRAs, Calves Week and now the ISORA series. Kieran Tarbett, our helmsman loves our new 3Di Code 1 and Code 2 jibs! Our original 2016 3DL offshore mainsail that we use for ISORA continues to perform really well and of course, our "Leinster" A3 reaching kite is such a great sail. Massive thanks to the North Sails Ireland team for helping us achieve such success."

It was also good news for us in IRC 1. Last year's winner, Peter Dunlop and Victoria Cox's always competitive J109 "Mojito" won the class convincingly. This year the ISORA races tended, on average, to favour the bigger boats but "Mojito" hung in there really well all season, often in tough conditions. I swapped Whatapps with Peter and Vicky last night just after the final race. "Mojito" had been looking good to win it but the "shutdown" on Dublin Bay at the end, combined with a strengthening foul tide was a tough one for them. Well done though guys. You have been fantastically consistent over the past few ISORA seasons.

Mojito flying her Superkote A2 Asymmetric spi 3Di Mainsail 1Mojito flying her North Sails Superkote A2 Asymmetric spi & North Sails 3Di Mainsail

In IRC 2, Denis Power and Lindsay Casey's North Sails-powered J97 "Windjammer" repeated her 2018 victory by winning by a large margin from Joe Conway's Sigma 33 "Elandra" with Grzegorz Kalinecki's First 310 "More Mischief" in third. I raced with "Windjammer" few weeks ago, they are a top team and put a big effort into their ISORA racing. 

Aboard Windhjammer flying her 3Di Code 1 JibAboard Windjammer flying her North Sails 3Di Offshore mainsail and North Sails 3Di Code 1 Jib

From the team here at North Sails Ireland, sincere congratulations and THANK YOU to all our ISORA customers. Your results are below:-

OVERALL

1. "Rockabill VI" JPK 1080 Paul O'Higgins NORTH SAILS*
2. "Aurelia" J122 Chris Power-Smith NORTH SAILS

IRC 1

1. "Mojito" J109 Peter Dunlop and Vicky Cox NORTH SAILS
2. "Daydreamer" J109 Paul Sutton NORTH SAILS
3. "Jetstream" J109 Nigel Ingram NORTH SAILS*

IRC 2

1. "Windjammer" J97 Denis Power and Lindsay Casey NORTH SAILS
2. "Elandra" Sigma 33 Joe Conway NORTH SAILS
3. "More Mischief" First 310 Grzegorz Kalinecki NORTH SAILS

*denotes partial inventory

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The J80 UK National Championships was hosted by the Royal Lymington Yacht Club from 24th to 26th August with racing taking place in Christchurch Bay rather than the Western Solent writes Shane Hughes of North Sails Ireland. The tides are more moderate there and the race course is often used for major championships.

The forecast for the 3-day event was very light and the race committee team did a fine job getting 7 out of a planned 9 races sailed. Unfortunately, the final day was very light and with teams looking to pack up and head home, the race committee took the decision to abandon racing for the day.

This year I was racing with Nick & Annie Haigh on ‘Slightly Steamy’. Nick and Annie have campaigned many race boats over the years and its always a pleasure to join them. There was also other Irish interest at the event with Jonny O’Dowd racing ‘Jabs / IRL 1609’. Jonny was joined by Ross McDonald, Patrick Good and Paul Quinn.

Having coached this team in the lead up to the event, it was clear that this talented group would be competitive and it proved to be with them claiming a podium position with a very creditable 3rd place finish in their debut J80 National championship. It will be great to see how this team develops in future events and I’m sure there will be more top results to come. As Jonny put it himself “As this is our first year sailing the J80’s this was a must do event to learn and evaluate our progress over the season. Using the North Sail program we felt we were very much on the pace and hugely look forward to the 2020 season” On ‘Slightly Steamy’ we finished in 2nd overall, just 1 point off the win.

It was a little disappointing for us as we led from the first race up until race 7 but with no racing held on the final day we did not have an opportunity to recapture the lead. Great credit and congratulations to Chris and Hannah Neve and the team on ‘No Regrets’, they had some challenging races but they also showed great speed and poise to grind out the win and were deserving champions.

J80 resultsThe UK J80 scoresheet

All top 4 boats used North Sails, with the winning team using the new 2019 3Di Raw Jib, coded APi-2. We used the 2018 version 3Di Raw Jib, code APi-1. Both sails performed very well in the range of light to medium conditions and gave both teams the speed required to push out in front of the fleet. 6 out 7 races were won by 3Di jibs with Seahorse Editor Andrew Hurst and his team scoring a fine win using the 3Di 360 jib also.

J80 jibAbove and Below - the 2019 edition 3Di Raw Jib (APi-2)

J80 Jib 2

All 3 podium teams used the MR-5 Spinnaker and either the crosscut MAXM1 or Radial cut T-6R mainsails.

J80 mainsailBelow - T6-R Radial Mainsail

So for all J80 teams looking to refresh inventories either for upcoming events or looking ahead to 2020, now is the time to talk to us. North Sails One Design will be offering a -15% discount in the month of September. This is the time to order and get the best deal available.

It is also the best time to talk to us about boat and rig set up and how we can assist your team getting more performance out of your J80. So please get in touch with us to discuss and take a trip to our dedicated J80 web page here

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WOW! What an amazing weekend for our fantastic clients. Inshore, offshore and one-design - well done, congratulations and Thank you for your brilliant sailing writes Maurice O'Connell of North Sails Ireland. Where to start? Here goes...

Beneteau 31.7 Nationals

Following "Camira's" victory in last year's Nationals flying North Sails, Frank Heath & Ivan Schuster on "Crazy Horse" dominated the event this year. In Ivan's words after racing on Saturday, "there would have been something wrong if we didn't do well today given how fast we were going!" and two of her three sails that she flew were over four years old.

"Crazy Horse" flew her 2015 3DL mainsail, her 2014 S2 spi and her new 3Di No. 1 genoa for the event.

Results

1st "Crazy Horse" Frank Heath & Ivan Schuster NORTH Sails

ISORA - DUN LAOGHAIRE - GREYSTONES

Frank Whelan's team on his Grand Soleil 44 "Eleuthera" flew their North Sails 3Di Code 2 jib to win the Dun Laoghaire to Greystones ISORA race on Saturday, with Chris Power-Smith's J122 "Aurelia" taking 2nd overall. "Aurelia" nailed the start, flying her 2018 3Di Endurance Offshore Mainsail and 2012 3DL Code 3 jib as captured by Afloat.ie's David O'Brien below

Aurelia 6001Aurelia flying her 2012 3DL Code 3 Jib and 2018 3Di Mainsail

Overall Results

1. "Eleuthera" Grand Soleil 44 Frank Whelan NORTH SAILS *
2. "Aurelia" J122 Chris Power-Smith NORTH SAILS

ISORA - Pwllheli Night Race

Peter Dunlop & Victoria Cox's J109 "Mojito", flying her 100% North Sails inventory won this short race by a massive 10min on corrected time. Well done guys!

Mojito flying her Superkote A2 Asymmetric spi 3Di MainsailMojito flying her Superkote A2 Asymmetric spi 3Di Mainsail

Mojito flying her Superkote A2 Asymmetric spi & 3Di Mainsail.jpeg

1. "Mojito" J109 Peter Dunlop & Victoria Cox

DBSC Dun Laoghaire - Greystones Race

"White Mischief" continued her winning ways, leading from the start and extending away to win by over two minutes - and she was flying her four-year-old 3Di Code 1 jib.

Aboard White Mischief flying her 3Di Main and Code 2 Jib Pic Maurice OConnell North Sails IrelandAboard White Mischief flying her 3Di Main and Code 2 Jib Photo: Maurice OConnell/North Sails Ireland

Results

1. "White Mischief" J109 Tim & Richard Goodbody

Sail FASTer for LONGER

We are delighted to see North-Sails powered boats sailing fast, especially with NS sails up to seven years old! It was also notable that these results were achieved by 100% amateur crews - brilliant stuff.

Seasonal Pricing

We are now into our Autumn special offers, so if it is winning speed, long-term durability and expert advice (what a combination!) that you are looking for, then please do get in touch with us. We'd be delighted to chat through any aspect of your sailing and give you the help that you need.

Best wishes from all of us here at North Sails Ireland.

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Greetings to all J109 sailors! As the summer draws to a close and our seasonal pricing programme starts (please do get in touch for special offers now!), we thought it would be timely to reflect on what has been an amazing year of achievements for our wonderful clients in the class writes Maurice O'Connell of North Sails Ireland

When we looked over these results, it's a testament not only to their wonderful sailing skills, boat preparation and organisation but also to the speed and durability of our products. North Sails J109 sails are very very fast, are easy to set up and trim and stay very fast (and thus delivering tremendous value) for a long long time. When it comes to quality, we don't cut corners.

So, here goes the 2019 "medal table" from the start of the season, congratulations again to you all.

ONE-DESIGN

Ireland East Coast Championships (10 competitors)

1st "White Mischief" Tim & Richard Goodbody NORTH SAILS
2nd "Jalapeno" Paul Barrington, William Despard, Barry O'Sullivan NORTH SAILS
3rd "Chimaera" Andrew Craig NORTH SAILS

Jalapeno flying her 3Di Main Superkote A2Jalapeno flying her 3Di Main Superkote A2

UK National Championships (11 competitors)

1. Juke Box John Smart NORTH SAILS
2. Jiraffe Simon Perry NORTH SAILS
3. Jumpin Jellyfish David Richards NORTH SAILS

Cowes Week - J109 Class (17 competitors)

1. "Jack Rabbit" Caroline Van Beelen and Rutger Krijger NORTH SAILS
2. "Jiraffe" Simon Perry NORTH SAILS

IRC

Scottish Series - IRC 1 (14 competitors - 6 x J109's in class)

1st "Chimaera" Andrew Craig NORTH SAILS
3rd "Storm II" Pat Kelly NORTH SAILS

Chimaera Leading Scottish Series with her red SK 90 A4 KiteChimaera Leading Scottish Series with her red SK 90 A4 Kite Photo: Marc Turner

ICRA's (Ireland IRC National Championships) - IRC 1 (18 competitors - 12 x J109's in class)

1 "Joker II" John Maybury NORTH SAILS
2. "Storm II" Pat Kelly NORTH SAILS

Joker 2Joker 2 winning the 2019 ICRAs Photo: Afloat

Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta - IRC 1 (26 competitors - 16 x J109's in class)

1st "Joker II" John Maybury NORTH SAILS
2nd "White Mischief" Tim and Richard Goodbody NORTH SAILS

MojitoMojito

OFFSHORE

Dun Laoghaire - Dingle Race - IRC 1 (27 competitors - 4 x J109's in class)

1st J109 "Ruth" Shanahan Family NORTH SAILS

ISORA Series to date - IRC 1 (14 competitors - 5 x J109 Competitors in class)

1. "Mojito" Peter Dunlop & Victoria Cox NORTH SAILS

Jiraffe Cowes Week 2019Jiraffe - Cowes Week 2019 Photo: Tim Wright

Seasonal Pricing

We are now into our Autumn special offers, so if it is winning speed, long-term durability and expert advice (what a combination!) that you are looking for, then please drop us an email or call (or SKYPE, SMS, Tweet, FB Message, Whatsapp..........).

We'd be delighted to chat through any aspect of your J109 sailing and give you the help that you need.

Best wishes from all of us here at North Sails Ireland.

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Having sailed in several WIORA regatta’s in the past, One Design Expert and founder of North Sails Ireland, Nigel Young looked forward to getting back into the fleet this year in Foynes on the Shannon Estuary last week and took the opportunity to sail onboard the X-332 Dexterity. Nigel talks here about their victory in the long race.

I had the pleasure of sailing the long race with Liam Madden and the crew on X-332 Dexterity. We had a cracking start and challenged for the lead around the course. Racing in the Shannon requires a good understanding of the tides and knowing when to change sides in the river to take full advantage of the currents. This is always tricky to get 100% right on the day, but the speed generated from the new North Sails fitted a few days prior to the regatta carried us through to the win. I was delighted to play a small part in the overall Class win for Dexterity.

More on this from Nigel on North Sails website here.

When not competing at Foynes, Nigel and son James were on the water videoing the racing, using this footage to run a post-racing debrief session for competitors. James shot some fantastic drone footage of the fleet coming through the narrow channel between the club and Foynes Island.

James youngJames Young

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The local interest part for me in this year's Fastnet Race is Conor Doyle with Freya the XP-50 and Derek Dillon and his Son Conor in the two-handed division sailing Big Deal the Dehler 34 writes Nigel Young of North Sails Ireland.

Also from Dublin, Conor Fogerty on RAW and Brendan Coghlan Sailing YoYo. All these teams are 100% North Sails.

All these teams are flying full North Sails inventories with 3Di upwind and a blend of Nylon and Aramid downwind sails.........Good Luck to the Teams from us here in North Sails Ireland, we will be watching progress with great interest.

I personally have only sailed the Fastnet once back in 1981 on a 3/4 tonner. I was working on the theory that there was no way it could be as bad as it was in 1979! I was right as we flew spinnakers from Cowes all the way to the Rock. On the way home, we used every upwind sail on the boat including a period under No 4 Jib and three reefs.....This race is not to be underestimated.

Good Luck to all,

Nigel Young

More on the Fastnet Race on the North Sails website here

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