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Sally O’Flynn and Hanna D’Aughton’s eye-catching design recycles fabric sourced from the UK Sailmakers loft in Crosshaven
Transition Year students in Cork have found an inspiringly artistic and fashionable way of repurposing used sailcloth into something completely new. Sally O’Flynn, daughter of Baltimore 1720 sailor Peter O’Flynn, has teamed up with friend Hanna D’Aughton for the all-Ireland schools…
UK Sailmakers Ireland Renews Its In-House Certification
Rob Taylor from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) was at UK Sailmakers Ireland loft in Crosshaven yesterday (Wednesday 23 January) for the refreshing of its In-House Certification (IHC). UK Sailmakers in Crosshaven is the only IHC loft in Ireland –…
British Government Launches 'Maritime 2050' to Aid €40bn Marine Industry
Today (Thursday 24 January 2019) marks an 'historic' moment  say industry chiefs for Britain’s marine industry with the launch of Maritime 2050, the UK Government’s first ever long-term strategy to support and grow the sector. Ironically, the announcement comes when…
North Sails Ireland Takes Sail Trim Talk To Arklow This Friday
North Sails Ireland will be hosting its successful Sail Trim presentation at Arklow Sailing Club from 7.30pm this coming Friday 25 January. Following on from last week’s trim talk in Greystones, North Sails Ireland expert Shane Hughes will take Arklow…
2018 has been a successful season for North Sails Ireland. Read the review and the victory roll below
Nigel Young, manager of North Sails Ireland (NSI), gives an overview of a successful 2018 sailing season for the sailmaker. What an amazing year 2018 was for North Sails Ireland and its clients! We are extremely proud of these results and…
Prof O'Connell puts North's Sail Trim Simulator to work in Greystones
The recent North Sails Ireland Talk at Greystones Sailing Club (GSC) has been hailed a great success for the County Wicklow club and North Sails who enjoyed a full house for the Upwind Sail Trim & Boatspeed talk presented by…
6 pm on the opening day of Boot Dusseldorf  – Over 60 people were on Ireland's MGM Boats brokerage stand at one stage and all were Irish!
In Hall 5 Stand E45 of Boot Dusseldorf, Ireland's MGM Boats did their best to give Europe's largest Boat Show a fair wind on Saturday, especially after the loss of the London Show. The Irish broker, that also has a presence on the…
The Beneteau 31.7 race boat 'Indigo' competing on Dublin Bay. The Summer racing season is less than 100 days away so now is the time to prep your boat for the 2019 season says sailing coach Mark Mansfield in his top tips article below
Following on from his top tips articles for upwind and downwind helming techniques, UK Sailmakers Ireland agent and sailing professional/coach Mark Mansfield gives tips for prepping your race boat for the sailing season ahead. Tip #1—Improve Bottom Finish So many…
Onwards and upwards….the new Ship of Dreams for offshore racing hopefuls is making its debut at Dusseldorf Boat Show. A CGI of the new Pogo Classe Mini Proto Foiler, which will provide a potential access point for Mini-Transat, Figaro Solo, Class 40 and IMOCA 60 enthusiasts
In the Great Halls of Dusseldorf, where the colossal annual Boat Show opens today with its Golden Jubilee providing multiple opportunities for appropriate Wagnerian accompaniment for hyper-glossy boats on the grand scale, a specialised level of interest will focus on…
Paal Janson at Dun Laoghaire Marina
Paal Janson has been elected as the Chairman of the Irish Marine Federation (IMF), the trade body representing marine leisure interests in Ireland. In one of his first roles, Janson (43) has framed the IMFs submission to the Government's Marine…
Sailors Turned Swimmers Are all Kitted Out for Drop in Temperatures at Viking Marine
Some of us here in Viking Marine are braving the Forty Foot bathing place on Dublin Bay every morning and have to admit to nearing addiction on the daily plunge writes Ian O'Meara. Porridge is even back on the breakfast…
British Marine at Boot Düsseldorf 2019
British Marine has reported an increased level of interest from UK businesses looking to exhibit on its prominent Showcase stand at boot Düsseldorf 2019 with space selling out in record time and a waiting list of companies who missed out…
Lesley Robinson, Chief Executive Officer at British Marine
On Tuesday night the Government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement was overwhelmingly rejected by Parliament. Commenting on the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, Lesley Robinson, Chief Executive Officer at British Marine said: “Like many industries up and…
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the globe, is to appear at Boot Dusseldorf, the biggest trade fair in the world/ On Monday 21 January, Sir Robin will be taking to the Sailing Stage in…
The latest theory and techniques for improving and refining upwind trim and boat speed will be presented by Shane Hughes and Nigel Young
North Sails Ireland are hosting a Sail Trim presentation at Greystones Sailing Club on Thursday 17th January @ 7.30 pm. The evening will include a presentation by sailmakers Shane Hughes and Nigel Young and features the latest theory and techniques for improving…
New sail loft for Galway (from L to R) Sales Consultant Evan O'Connor, Managing Director Donal Small and Director/Loft Manager Yannick Lemonnier on their visit to the Doyle Sails HQ in Auckland, New Zealand
Doyle Sails International has announced a new loft opening in Galway.  The new loft is operated by Managing Director Donal Small and Loft Director Yannick Lemonnier and Sales Consultant Evan O'Connor. loft opened for business on 1st January 2019. The loft,…

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