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The Enniscorthy SAR Team with their new fleet of Whalys at O'Sullivans Marine in Tralee
Safety first! Whaly boats are now becoming the No. 1 Polyethylene safety boat used by many professional organisations writes Brian O'Sullivan of O'Sullivan's Marine Whaly's almost indestructible crafts are ideally suited for Search and Rescue, Fire & Rescue, Safety Cover,…
Safety Is Paramount At Dun Laoghaire’s Viking Marine
Dublin’s sailing community is reeling from the last-minute shutdown under Level 3 of the Government’s new coronavirus restrictions. But safety remains paramount — especially at Viking Marine, where staff have gone above and beyond to ensure your visit to the…
Knowing when to reef your mainsail to achieve the right balance for the boat is key to your upwind, heavy air performance
Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland with tips on the dos and don'ts of reefing a sail for racing and cruising Times have changed, and this season we have moved to more ISORA short course, offshore sailing. This trend will…
The Grand Soleil 44 Performance - a new model for 2020
Mark Mansfield, Irish agent for Grand Soleil, highlights recent Irish sailing successes on different Grand Soleil models and looks forward to the New Grand Soleil 44 Performance being similar The much-lauded Grand Soleil 44 performance was announced at Dusseldorf Boat…
Winning MoJo team (L-R) Conor Cleary, Aaron Jones, Pat O’Neill, Shane Hughes
With the current Covid restrictions and other protocols in place, credit must be given primarily to the RstGYC, Jonny O'Dowd and the Irish J80 class for putting the event together and running it in compliance with these regulations. A fleet…
British Marine's BOATS2020 Appeal to Secretaries of State Rejected
BOATS2020 which was due to take place from 11-20 September 2020 and was cancelled on the evening of Thursday 10 September, despite having a licence which was issued on the 28th July, and having been set up to the strict…
One Design Savings From North Sails Ireland
North Sails Ireland are pleased to announce that our Seasonal Savings promotion has started for all of our One Design Classes. Now is the very best time to order your race-winning sails ready for the 2021 season. For more information…
Beneteau’s Oceanis 51.1
Beneteau’s parent group has followed its recent management shakeup with a new strategic plan aimed at scaling back production capacity and cutting costs worldwide. The brand anticipates a contracting market for sailing and inboard motorboats in the wake of this…
British Marine Seek Answers After Cancellation of Southampton's 'Boats2020' Event
As the fall out from the cancellation of the Southampton Boat Show continues, organiser British Marine is seeking answers from Southampton Council and the UK Secretary of State over the cancellation of last week's 'Boats2020' exhibition. On Friday, 11 September British Marine released…
Gentoo, a Sunfast 3300, has a full Quantum sails inventory
Gentoo, a Sunfast 3300 with a full Quantum Sails inventory, won the RORC IRC Doublehanded Championships last weekend. Gentoo is a sister ship of Cian McCarthy's Cinnamon Girl from Kinsale which finished second in the recent Fastnet 450 race. Commenting…
1st Overall Nick Walsh, Rob Brownlow and Eddie Rice
Whilst we were all heading up to Blackrock on Saturday the National 18 Class were holding the Irish Nationals from the RCYC. Reduced numbers this year due to our friend C-19 but no let-up in the racing. Talking to some…
Set to premiere at boot Düsseldorf 2021, the 470 balances contemporary design with Dufour’s elegance and performance
The new Dufour 470 is the shape of things to come from the French sailboat brand. Set for her world premiere in the New Year at boot Düsseldorf 2021, the 470 balances contemporary design with Dufour’s iconic elegance and performance.…
Prince of Tides crossing the Cove to Blackrock finish line
North Sails Ireland clients demonstrated the power of 3Di at the weekend in the Cobh to Blackrock Race taking a clean sweep across all the classes. In fact, we had performance in depth with the top two boats in each…
The site of the now cancelled Ocean Village Show in Southampton
At 6.34 pm this evening, Thursday 10 September, on the eve of opening day, British Marine received the devastating news from Southampton City Council that the BOATS2020 show could no longer go ahead due to the rising risk of COVID-19…
Storm II Code 2 IRC Jib October 2012
The UK J109 class ran their UK Nationals at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup in Cowes last weekend. Here in North Sails Ireland, we watched this event closely because NSI led the charge in the UK & Ireland J109 sail development…
Ian O'Meara (on ladder) unveils the new logo at the Viking Marine store at the Pavilion in Dun Laoghaire Harbour with Gerard Whelan, Brand Central Design who created the new brand, Antonia O Rourke Viking Marine, Paddy Kirwan of Helly Hansen
In early 2019 Dun Laoghaire sailor, Ian O Meara of Viking Marine felt it in his gut that marine leisure was on the rise and so the Dun Laoghaire marine shop and chandlery embarked on a strategy for growth. This…

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