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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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Brian and John Hall's J109, Something Else from Dun Laoghaire
Mark Mansfield, Professional sailor and UK Sailmakers Ireland agent, goes through some tips for improving your boat rating relative to its speed. Mark has been involved in many campaigns and projects from Quarter Tonners, Half Tonner, J109’s, Commodores Cup boats,…
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UK Sailmakers Ireland is offering percentage discounts off our year-round pricing for orders placed and paid for in September, October, and November 2018.
Although there is plenty of sailing to be had at Autumn Leagues around the country, the 2018 Sailing Season is drawing to a close for the majority of us. But this is not a time for despair - rather a…
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The 1720 Antix
A great end of season series of results has put the icing on a fine season for UK Sails Ireland, the first season under the new ownership of Barry and Claire Hayes and Graham Curran. In the 1720 Nationals, just…
Stains and weathering? Freshen up your sails with UK Sailmakers Ireland’s laundry service
Get a head start on winter servicing for your sails with UK Sailmakers Ireland in Cork Harbour. The current dry spell is no better time to check over your sails before removing them for the winter months — and have…
Waterford Harbour's Fools Gold was the sole Irish entry in the IRC/ORC inaugural World Championships
UK Sails Ireland sailmaker Graham Curran who competed on 'Fools Gold', Ireland's sole entry at the Offshore Sailing World Championships 2018, reviews the event that was truly the pinnacle of cruiser racing in Europe and concludes IRC and ORC need to…
Hubo, sailing downwind during the North Sea Series
UK Sails Ireland has put sails on two very competitive entries for the inaugural IRC/ORC worlds, commencing in the Hague in Holland this weekend. The boats are Rob McConnell's A35 'Fools Gold' from Dunmore East, with a full Irish crew…
Graham Curran of UK Sailmakers trims a (red) J109 spinnaker at the Royal St. George Yacht Club Regatta made by the Cork Harbour firm
With the advent of high–tech construction, most upwind sails are now being manufactured in specialist facilities in the likes of Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and South Africa. However, some sails are still being made in Ireland in a few lofts.…
You can put up three times more sail when you hoist a code zero, compared to reaching with your non-overlapping jib
Up to about 15 years ago, most boats were designed with big overlapping headsails, which were still pretty useful when reaching because of their size. Then it became evident that this set up was not that efficient and trying to…
In Scotland, In Class RC 35, Brian and John Hall's J109 Something Else from the National Yacht Club, (seen here competing on Dublin Bay) using UK Ireland sails, finished a creditable second to the overall winner, David Kelly's Storm
The performance of the UK Sails Ireland team continues to bear fruit, most recently on the competitive race courses of Scotland and Howth last weekend. In Howth, at the 1720 Europeans, a UK sails 1,2,4 showed the competitiveness of the UK product…
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…
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…

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