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Light air sail set-up session on the Beneteau 31.7 After you Too on Dublin Bay in July 2020
Greeting sailors from North Sails Ireland. It's too early to say "seasons greetings" but we're not far off it! Much has been written about 2020 to date. So let's add to it by reflecting on and acknowledging the wonderful achievements…
Quantum Racing—TP 52 with Contender Superkote material
Whether you are racing or cruising, the choice of the cloth that your spinnaker is made from is important for speed and longevity. Mark Mansfield from Quantum Sails goes through the main options and suppliers of spinnaker cloth. Quantum Sails…
Ian O'Meara (on ladder) and crew unveil the new branding on its Viking Marine premises at Dun Laoghaire in August. At the same time, the marine store also upgraded its website and has been reaping the rewards including making The Irish Times Online Retailers list
Dun Laoghaire Harbour marine retailer Viking Marine has made The Irish Times Irish retailers online Christmas shopping list edited by Consumer Affairs Correspondent, Conor Pope. Viking Marine say they are delighted to be included in this list of top online…
The J99 'Juggerknot 2' racing on Dublin Bay
With news that 65 boats have now been built, it is clear there are more owners attracted to this new J/99 cruiser-racer design which combines excellent all-round racing performance with attractive interiors. Inshore, the J/99 performs well around the windward/leeward race…
The McWilliam Sailing bag range - they look great, they’re durable and they’re functional.
Long-lasting McWilliam Sailing Bags have launched a new range to go with their distinctive stripe bags. To celebrate the launch Afloat readers can avail of a special 10% discount offer at the bottom of this page. Synonymous with sailing in Ireland,…
Cracker looking sharp with her 3Di sails
North Sails 3Di is leading the way on more and more race winners in Ireland. Working with Royal Cork's Denis Byrne and the crew of the Trapper T250 Cracker has been a rewarding experience watching the crew develop and improve…
A record of six women is included on the 33 skipper roster for the Vendée Globe 2020
This year's Vendee Globe is going to be a fascinating race to follow. North Sails have been working with the IMOCA Class for many years now and all of the hard work and effort is paying dividends with seventeen of…
The Inland & Coastal pontoons navigated the small streets of  Birr in the dead of night
Some of the largest concrete breakwaters to have ever been transported by road left Cork Harbour almost a year ago destined for a large international wave attenuation project in Geelong, Australia. As the UK's Marine Industry News reported, the massive…
Petros Michelidakis is boot project director
In a conference tempered by caution – and support for lockdown measures taking place in Germany and further afield – the organising team of boot Düsseldorf has stated that time is the key factor to whether the show will go…
Kenny Rumball at the helm of the RL Sailing Figaro 3, with its North Sails 3Di set-up
Rookie Kenny Rumball competed in his Figaro debut this autumn, reaching as high as 15th in the third stage in the notoriously tough French solo marathon event that saw the Dubliner end up 33rd from 35 starters overall. It marked the first…
Racing the J109 Whiskey Jack in Hong Kong
Racing a J/109 in IRC has its compromises because you're sailing with asymmetrics, you're limited to certain angles and only so much boat speed is generated both up-wind and down. While living in Hong Kong, I raced the J/109 Whiskey…
North Sails Vendee Globe Video Series in Six Episodes
As fans gather for the Vendee Globe Race and to be captivated by the next generation of IMOCAs, North Sails has produced its own video series on the solo non-stop round the world race. The series is narrated by one of…
Viking Marine's Antonia with a batch of customer orders for delivery on the shop's electric scooter
At Viking Marine, we will continue to supply all our customers during the current restrictions in a number of ways. Our shop remains open for safety equipment, PPE and essential boat repair supplies Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5…
The sail loft at UK Sailmakers Ireland at Crosshaven in County Cork with a spinnaker repair underway
UK Sailmakers Ireland in Cork Harbour say they remain open during the Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions as the Crosshaven sail loft is treated as a manufacturing facility and a full production loft. As they continue to repair, service and produce sails,…
Photographer Rick Tomlinson's Portfolio Calendar 2021 is Out Now!
Cowes-based photographer Rick Tomlinson's Portfolio Calendar is now available and features 12 months of spectacular sailing images. Now in its 33rd year, Action and Art has always been the theme of Rick's Portfolio Calendar. This year's pictures include action from…
Winterise Your Boat With CH Marine
CH Marine have everything you’ll need to winterise your boat, with an extensive range of trusted boat care products. Highlights include the award-winning Meaco DD8L Desiccant Dehumidifier Junior — a cost-effective solution to helping keep your boat (or garage or…

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