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On the wind after a successful exit from a leeward mark for the Dublin Bay Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet
We all know sailing fast in a straight line is very important. That is where, as sailmakers, our products shine and our technical background can be leveraged for your benefit writes Graham Curran. But races are won and lost at…
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Outrageous—J109 on her way to class win at Sovereigns Cup 2019 using Carbon Uni Titanium main and headsail
Olympic sailor Mark Mansfield who is an agent for UK Sailmakers Ireland offers his five top tips for those looking at buying new sails this year. 1. Correct Size Sails Make sure the new sails are the correct size. IRC…
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There is no better time to buy UK Sails than during the autumn period with up to 15% off retail pricing
Returning from (attempted) racing last night on Dublin Bay, one of the crew reminded us all that there are only two Thursday evening races left in the DBSC season writes Graham Curran of UK Sailmakers Ireland. Summer 2019 has gone by…
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The J109 'Outrageous' with UK Uni Titanium Main and Non overlapping J1 headsail —notice how far inhauled it is
Olympic keelboat helmsman Mark Mansfield of UK Sailmakers Ireland discusses headsail options  If you go back 20 years, or even 15, most designs coming out had large overlapping (headsail goes outside the shrouds) headsails to give them power in the light airs.…
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Andrew Hall's J125 Jackknife leads ISORA overall after Race 11 from Dun Laoghaire
Barry Hayes, Director of UK Sailmakers Ireland highlights some recent successes for Boats flying UK Sailmakers sails from Ireland, both around the country and in the Solent Following on from considerable inshore successes for UK Sailmakers Ireland (three IRC class…
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Chris Frost’s Swan 36 “Finola” GBR 23806 at the start of Saturday’s RORC Channel Race. Crew aboard: Chris Frost, Ollie Frost, Roger Frost, Graham Curran, Bryan O’Donnell, Robert Kerley
"Twist" is one of the many buzzwords in sailing. We might know what it is and when it's needed – and when it’s not – but why do we need twist in the first place? And what effects does it…
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John Murphy and Richard Coldwell’s J 109 Outrageous from Howth on her way to winning class 1 at this year's Sovereigns Cup. Matrix S2 symmetrical spinnaker and Uni Titanium Mainsail. 
Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland goes through the options for racing boats to go Symmetrical or Asymmetrical with their spinnakers. Barry sailed aboard George Sisk's XP44 WOW from Royal Irish Yacht Club at this year's Sovereigns Cup, where WOW…
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The flying jib set on Wow
The XP44 'WOW' stormed home to win the Coastal Class of Sovereigns Cup 2019 this month. The prize giving ensued after which began the bar talk debrief of the week between sailors from all boats writes Graham Curran of UK Sailmakers…
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XP44 “WOW” sailing upwind off Kinsale with her UK Sailmakers Uni-Titanium Mainsail and J2 Jib. Photo: Robert Bateman
A busy June period drew to a close this weekend; concluding with the ever-popular biennial Sovereign's Cup Regatta – writes Graham Curran of UK Sailmakers Ireland. The weather did not make life easy for competitors over the four-day regatta but…
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Sail-Sense attaches permanently to the sail, measuring key performance data such as UV, hours of use, G-Force and Flogging (movement).
UK Sailmakers Ireland has teamed up with Spinlock to bring sail making to the next level in Ireland for our racing customers writes Barry Hayes. We have two of Spinlocks new Sail Sense trackers on John Murphy’s J109 Outrajeous on…
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UK Sailmakers Ireland Expands – Your Local, Countrywide Sailmaker
UK Sailmakers Ireland has had a very successful 2018/2019 season thus far explains Graham Curran – “We’ve had great success over the past year. Success in the sailmaking industry is measured not by sales figures alone but also by the…
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The XC45 is bound for Kinsale in County Cork
There is a brand new XC45 yacht on its way to Kinsale, Co Cork writes Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland. Currently lying in the X-Yachts factory yard in Denmark; it will soon be on its way to Irish waters…
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UK Sailmakers’ Uni-Titanium sails on the Dublin Bay yacht WOW
Towards the end of the winter period and during the beginning of spring UK Sailmakers Ireland were out and about doing our rounds of the country’s yacht clubs getting sailors hungry and prepared for the busy season ahead. Our EDU talk this…
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The JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI flying a symmetrical spinnaker on Dublin Bay
May is here and summer is finally upon us (don’t quote me on that) – fleets are hitting race courses throughout the country with renewed enthusiasm after the winter break writes Graham Curran of UK Sailmakers Ireland. Although some fleets…
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George Sisk's Farr 42 'Wow' from the Royal Irish Yacht Club going fast downwind in an ISORA race on Dublin Bay
Four-time Olympic Helmsman, Sailing Coach and Agent/Consultant for UK Sailmakers Ireland, Mark Mansfield explains how the Helm and Trimmers on larger keelboats and cruisers should be in continual communication to go fast on the race course Following on from the…
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Barry Hayes (second from left) trimming on the Swan 45 Devocen
West Cork native Barry Hayes took over the UK Sailmakers Ireland loft a year ago From Des McWilliam, having returned to Crosshaven from an international career in sailmaking. Afloat.ie asked him about his own sailing background and the changes he has…

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