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In April 2018 UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Barry Hayes, Graham Curran, and Mark Mansfield carried out a two-boat testing session with the newly developed ‘JX’ headsail design on Dublin Bay
In Grand Prix classes throughout the sport of sailing, it is well known that sheeting angles are becoming tighter and tighter – modern TP52s have jib sheeting angles as close as 4 degrees off the centreline. The J109 class in…
The Zhik ZK Seaboot 900 was designed for teams during the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
The new ZK Seaboot 900 is a marine clothing product created as a direct result of Zhik’s partnership with team AkzoNobel and the Dongfeng Race Team, overall winners of the recent Volvo Ocean Race. Designed for serious, long-distance offshore racers…
Make This Year’s Christmas One To Remember With Viking Marine
Christmas is less than six weeks away — but no need to fret, as Viking Marine has many wonderful gift ideas for all the sailors in your life. Whether they’re only starting out or an ‘ancient mariner’, a dinghy enthusiast…
Viking Marine Recruiting Full-Time & Part-Time Sales Assistants
Viking Marine is currently looking to recruit some hard-working and experienced sailing enthusiasts to work full time and part time as sales assistants in its Dun Laoghaire store. If you are an experienced sailor with dinghy and yachts knowledge and…
All Eyes On Viking Marine’s Black Friday Deals
Viking Marine in Dun Laoghaire has something special in store for this year’s Black Friday sales. Be sure to visit next Friday 23 November for exclusive savings and major discounts on clothing, safety equipment, boat hardware and more. And be…
Author Mark Mansfield on the helm of a J109 at the start of the 2016 Round Ireland Race from Wicklow
Mark Mansfield, racing consultant and agent for UK Sailmakers Ireland, gives Afloat.ie readers ten top tips on helming techniques. It's an area where he has extensive experience, having competed in four Olympic Regattas, over 30 World and European Championships in various…
The latest order from San Juan will bring the total of Interceptor 48 pilot vessels to 17
Safehaven Marine’s latest commission comes from Puerto Rico, as its capital San Juan has ordered an Interceptor 48 pilot boat. This will be the 41st pilot vessel and the 17th in the Interceptor 48 class produced by the Cork Harbour boatyard,…
Conrad Coleman in the 2016/17 Vendée Globe
Your mainsail vang (or kicker) is the sail control all of us know. For those of us who grew up sailing from a young age, we’ve had it from Optimists to Lasers, to keelboats and beyond. But do you know…
Racing at the Swan 50 Worlds
North Sails Ireland want to congratulate Team ‘Mathilde’ on their podium finish at the inaugural Club Swan 50 World Championship in Porto Cervo. The Swiss-flagged yacht owned and helmed by Morten H Kielland is now in her second year of campaigning…
Upwind sail trim and boat speed is the focus of a talk by Shane Hughes in Waterford Harbour Sailing Club on November 16
Shane Hughes from North Sails Ireland will give a winter talk to Waterford Harbour Sailing Club has at its Dunmore East clubhouse on Friday, 16 November. WHSC skipper Robert Marchant says Hughes, who played a key role in the success of the Greystones…
Heavy weather sailing is safe and easy when you set your sails correctly for the conditions and the ability of your crew says Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland
With the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series starting soon on Dublin Bay and Autumn Leagues in full swing in Crosshaven, Howth, Kilrush and elsewhere, Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland gives some tips on how to effectively handle your boat in…
J109 National Champion Juggerknot flying her 3Di Code 2 jib and 3DL Mainsail
North Sails Ireland clients dominated the recent J109 Irish National Championships in Howth Yacht Club. The top six places were hoovered up by J109's flying 100% North Sails inventories. Conditions were tough, with winds always in excess of 15 knots…
The Orca sea swimming range is now available from Viking Marine
With amazing sea swimming spots like the Forty Foot and Seapoint nearby on Dublin Bay, Dun Laoghaire–based Viking Marine (based at the Pavillion in Dun Laoghaire opposite the Royal St. George Yacht Club) is expanding its product range for open…
A bird settles on a Harken winch during a delivery voyage of a new Jeanneau from France to Turkey
Harken agent Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland gives some top tips for improving your boat and servicing your Harken deck gear. Barry has been working at the highest level with Harken for 15 years, dealing with boats from Maxis, TP 52s,…
The North Sails Ireland on-the-water coaching team
In the second part of North Sails Ireland's sponsorship of the two flagship Irish J109 events in 2018 (see here), North Sails Ireland's Maurice "Prof" O'Connell and Nigel Young team will be on the water this weekend at the National…
Helly Hansen crew insulator jacket
Viking Marine’s end-of-season sale continues with great deals on winter-ready clothing such as the Helly Hansen crew insulator jacket, now only €115.95. Save €100 on Helly Hansen’s Aegir race jacket or race smock, while the XXL size of the new…

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