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Freya flying her North Sails ENDURANCE 3Di Mainsail and Code 2 Jib
Wow, what a start to the season ‘proper’! Well done to everyone involved in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race and more besides, writes Maurice O’Connell. This year’s D2D was one of the most enjoyable offshores I have ever done…
Denis and Annamarie Murphy's Nieulargo—Grand Soleil 40. Overall winner D2D
Key Yachting is the Irish Agent for J Boats and Grand Soleil (also Nautitech Catamarans and Tofinou Day boats).  They are thrilled to see models from each of the Grand Soleil and J Boat ranges perform so well in the…
Matt Wearn, the Australian Sailing Team Laser class representative for Tokyo 2020, in Zhik’s new Microfleece Hikers
Zhik’s new Microfleece Hikers “redefine the traditional hiking wetsuit” for the highest levels of manoeuvrability and comfort while hiking. Combining a revolutionary 3D body-mapped panel design — 1mm thermal Neoprene throughout — with four-way stretch and integrated hiking support, Zhik says…
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More than 100 European and American associations have issued a joint statement ahead of the EU-US Summit in Brussels next Tuesday 15 June, calling for the removal of tariffs on sectors unrelated to the ongoing transatlantic trade disputes. For recreational…
The new Zhik ranges at CH Marine
CH Marine has stocked the latest marine clothing ranges from Zhik for the discerning sailor. The Zhik Inshore 100 range (€159.95), featuring Vecta Fabric Technology, is a streamlined garment collection designed for life on and off the water. Featuring fully…
'Powder Monkey' flying North Sails 3Di RAW Inshore Mainsail and North Sails 3Di RAW J1.5 Jib
As we close in on when "racing proper like" starts next week, we wanted to share the early season "training" and "racing" successes of our wonderful clients flying North Sails. Scottish Series - "Final Call", "Animal" & "Leaky Roof" We…
Journalist Matt Sheehan (right) and Key Yachting's Hannah Le Provest at Southampton's recent South Coast Boat Show. See video below
The latest Nautitech 40 Catamaran video release describes how catamarans are becoming more popular in Northern Europe, not just in warmer climates. Mark Mansfield is the Irish Agent for Key Yachting, whose brands include Nautitech Catamarans. In the video interview…
The newly-launched Sigma 33 Pepsi lies serenely to her moorings in Dun Laoghaire. Designed by David Thomas, the Sigma 33 really does meet all the key demands of an effective cruiser-race, and yet does so in a very manageable size
These days the description cruiser-racer has come to have so many interpretations that it can be meaningless, and even the best of them can disappear into the "boats with a lid" category. But when David Thomas created the design for…
A fisheye lens view of a new Carbon M6 Mainsail and S2 spinnaker on Emmet Sheridan's Dufour 45 Blaoga on Dublin Bay
Mark Mansfield of Quantum Sails Ireland on the factors to consider when building a downwind inventory Quantum's speciality line of high-performing downwind reaching and running sails are versatile, easy to trim, and tailored to the unique characteristics of your boat…
Andrew Hall's J/125 Jackknife
As the racing season is underway, this new and improved IRC calculator from UK Sailmakers Ireland is just the thing you need for your season ahead. Just type in the boat name and TCC number of each boat in your…
Designed by an Irish sailor, for sailors, the Kai bottle have been tried and tested on the waters of Dublin Bay and beyond
Kai Bottle found its roots in sailing. Designed by an Irish sailor, for sailors, the bottles have been tried and tested on the waters of Dublin Bay, offshore around Ireland and beyond. The rugged and insulated build along with the…
Check out the 'Cleatcatcher' vid below
At Viking Marine, we are always looking for ways to help our sailors out with their innovative ideas. As we know sailors are a resourceful bunch, none more so than Derek De Jong of #designconcepts, a local graphic design company.…
MGM Boats are regular Irish boot Düsseldorf exhibitors. Pictured are John O'Kane (left) from MGM Boats in Northern Ireland, and Dublin Bay's Martin (centre) and Gerry Salmon on the Prestige Motorboats stand at the 2019 German exhibition
Exhibitor registrations for boot Düsseldorf 2022 have started. From now on, interested new exhibitors and all long-time friends of the water sports fair can register for the event from 22 to 30 January 2022 here The team around boot Project Director…
The direct drive means that the electric motors are incredibly efficient compared to conventional marine combustion motors, operating with considerably higher torque whilst using less power. Without any need for gears, cooling systems and moving parts the motors are maintenance free, highly efficient and economic to run. Built in hydro-generation provides alternative recharging options whilst under sail.
Electic outboard engine company ePropulsion UK is experiencing significant growth in 2021 and have recently signed up 15 new dealers. As the United Kingdom distributors for ePropulsion, the innovative, eco-friendly brand of electric marine motors, the company has a new…
A Sweden Star 37 showing her X-Drive Carbon sails with double-sided black taffeta. Even though the jib has a luff tape that goes into the headstay foil, this jib can be slab reefed just as easily as those with hanks
Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland explains which slab reefing system is best for various situations. With an eye towards optimizing the boat for the way you sail it, you can opt for different reefing options. Finding the right combinations…
The new Grand Soleil 72 concept
Italian yacht builder Grand Soleil has launched a 72 Performance model.  The objective of the new design was to launch a boat with very generous volumes to ensure ample comfort onboard while maintaining high levels of performance. Grand Soleil recently…

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