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The decision was made by British Marine after independent research showed there was insufficient support from a large proportion of the marine industry
Industry body, British Marine, says making the decision to put the London Boat Show on hold now for 2019 enables the organisation to look at alternative options. Here is the British Marine statement in full:  British Marine, which organises and owns…
The J97 "Windjammer" (Denis Power & Lindsay Casey) was first in IRC 2, completing a win in all three IRC classes and the overall ISORA race for North Sails–powered boats
Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell reports that North Sails Ireland powered race boats had a 'stunning' weekend's success on both sides of the Irish Sea. Kip Regatta Firstly, in Kip Regatta in Scotland in the competitive 12 boat RC 35 division Pat…
The J109 sponsorship package will include "North U" style on the water support, video analysis and de-brief after racing
North Sails Ireland have announced a sponsorship package for the two Irish J109 class events in 2018. The package will cover the J109 East Coast Championships in the Royal Irish Yacht Club on May 19th & 20th and the National…
Asymmetric or Symmetric? Which Spinnaker Type to Use & How To Set It
Sailing Professional Mark Mansfield, who is a Racing Consultant with UK Sailmakers Ireland, goes through the different spinnaker sail options and how to set and control each of them. This is the latest in a series of information articles produced…
George Sisk and some of his key crew, the Farr Design office and Barry Hayes from UK Ireland Sailmakers have redeveloped the Farr 42 WOW! for the 2018 season
Royal Irish Yacht Club Skipper George Sisk has had the Farr 42 WOW! for nearly ten years so there was a feeling that it was time to look at a new boat for his Dublin Bay and Irish yacht racing…
Brendan Coghlan's SunFast 3600 "YoYo"
North Sails Ireland are reporting an 'epic' start to the Dublin Bay Sailing Club season with a fine turnout for the third Saturday race in medium southerly winds and a good Dublin Bay chop. The sailmaker recorded the following IRC and…
UK Sailmaker Graham Curran sail testing the new UK Sails J1 – JX Jib on Dublin Bay
Since Des McWilliam retired and sold the UK Sails business to Barry Hayes and Graham Curran at the end of the year, they have lost no time in getting their new designed products out to their customers. In addition they…
Top performers adjust their standing rigging (shrouds and forestay) for every five knots of wind
In his first article in the ICRA /  UK Sailmakers Series, Racing Consultant Mark Mansfield wrote about tuning a fractionally rigged mast. His second article featured changing gears in different wind conditions while racing. In this final article, the four time Olympic helmsman…
Monaco was the first event in the Swan One Design Mediterranean League
Shane Hughes from North Sails Ireland is the sailing team manager and a trimmer onboard the Swiss Club Swan 50 ‘Mathilde’. Hughes has been working with the team since the boat arrived new from Nautor in early 2017. The project…
 Frank Whelan's ISORA winning team on "Eleuthera" (black hull to leeward) as a bumper 25–boat ISORA fleet reach out of Dublin Bay on Sunday in the first race of the Viking Marine Coastal Series
The North Sails Ireland team of Nigel Young, Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell and Shane Hughes (scroll down for sailmaker details below) were busy at three sailing events last weekend, each winning races with clients on the Irish Sea, Howth and Kinsale.…
The J121 Jackhammer ISORA crew taking in the rays while fending off the cold stateside
Earlier this month UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Barry Hayes was in Newport, Rhode Island, commissioning sails aboard the new J121 “Jackhammer”. Owned and campaigned by ISORA and Ocean Racing veteran Andrew Hall – “Jackhammer” has an extensive programme planned for her…
Viking Marine is hiring new staff
As the new sailing season arrives, Viking Marine in Dun Laoghaire and Kilcoole is looking to recruit full time and part time people to join its crew, both in the shop, and out and about at events. The ideal candidate/s…
Mike Evans' Half Tonner Big Picture, using North 3DL sails, in action in Howth at a breezy start to the Key Capital Spring Warmer Series
North Sails Ireland sailmakers Shane Hughes and Maurice "Prof" O'Connell were afloat in the coaching RIB at the first day of the Key Capital sponsored Spring Warmer Series in HYC on April 14th. Also in Howth was NS colleague Nigel…
Grand Prix legend Eddie Jordan with his Oyster 885 Lush
Ireland’s Formula One Grand Prix legend Eddie Jordan has long been a keen sailor - his current vessel is the well-travelled Oyster 885 Lush. He has now stepped-up his involvement with the well-known UK-based firm as a result of its…
The polyestermite – nasty little thing, consuming fibreglass boats somewhere near you. The rumour is that they breed them in Glandore
Be careful what you wish for if you’ve tunnel vision in favour of wooden boats writes W M Nixon. Fibreglass, the most useful and popular boat-building material, may be at risk from the polyestermite. And there are two notions about…
Peter Beamish (right) with the Camira crew at Dun Laoghaire Marina all set for a 3di Sail Trial on Dublin Bay
North Sails Ireland's Maurice "Prof" O'Connell had a chilly evening's test sail on Friday April 13th, unlucky 13th for Prof, as he had no foul weather gear! The occasion was the unveiling of new sails on the Beneteau First 31.7…

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