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Black Velvet First 34.7 with her Titanium main and XD headsail. tracking perfectly to windward
It's often talked about and rarely changes on any boat once set. But it's an important tool that needs to be changed between light and heavy airs.  Rake defines the balance (Lead) of the boat and how it sails upwind…
1720 Eastern Championship winners, Atara using a full inventroy of UK Sails
Using a full inventory of UK Sails and a new XD carbon mainsail, big congratulations to the McBearla crew of Ross McDonald, Aoife McDonald, Killian Collins and crew on Atara on winning the 1720 Eastern Championships at Howth Yacht Club…
Bandit's new designed S2 spinnaker allows her to reach and run faster
UK Sailmakers Ireland congratulates Ann Kirwan and the crew of Bandit for its weekend win of the Ruffian 23 Nationals 2021 on Dublin Bay. Taking six first places and two seconds over the three-day championship, Bandit's performance speaks for itself.…
Cork-based UK Sailmakers will be on-site at this week's O'Leary Insurances Sovereign's Cup Regatta at Kinsale Yacht Club
A small tear or a complete blowout to your sails? Cork-based UK Sailmakers will be on-site at this week's O'Leary Insurances Sovereign's Cup Regatta at Kinsale Yacht Club to carry out sail repairs for the 62-boats competing in the biennial regatta. …
Andrew Hall's J/125 Jackknife
As the racing season is underway, this new and improved IRC calculator from UK Sailmakers Ireland is just the thing you need for your season ahead. Just type in the boat name and TCC number of each boat in your…
A Sweden Star 37 showing her X-Drive Carbon sails with double-sided black taffeta. Even though the jib has a luff tape that goes into the headstay foil, this jib can be slab reefed just as easily as those with hanks
Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland explains which slab reefing system is best for various situations. With an eye towards optimizing the boat for the way you sail it, you can opt for different reefing options. Finding the right combinations…
Nadie – XC 45 Top down furling Code D Gennaker
There are times in your boat-owning life when you need to step back and evaluate your vessel's set-up. With an eye towards optimising the boat for the way you sail it, you can opt for different sails, winches, running rigging,…
MC34 Double handed with Titanium main and headsail. The mainsail has luff rope
Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland explains which system is best for various situations There are times in your boat-owning life when you need to step back and evaluate your vessel's set-up. With an eye towards optimising the boat for…
Black Velvet with her Uni Titanium Furling headsail on a Harken furler. The headsail has horizontal furling battens. But there is no compromise in shape and design
Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland explains which system is best for various situations There are times in your boat-owning life when you need to step back and evaluate your vessel's set-up with an eye towards optimizing the boat for…
A UK Sailmakers Flying Headsail
Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland (in conjunction with Jenny Howells of the RORC Rating Office) explains the main difference between a flying Jib and an IRC flying headsail  The main difference between a flying Jib and an IRC flying…
Happy Christmas from UK Sailmakers Ireland
We would like to wish all our customer a very happy Christmas and a prosperous 2021. In such a hard year, we would like to thank everyone for all the support and most of all the staff and people who helped…
A fathead mainsail on a J70
Small fathead mainsails, where the roach of the sail is increased due to a considerably wider head of the sail, are starting to pop-up on the racecourse and they are proving to be a winner. Getting extra sail area on…
The McWilliam Sailing bag range - they look great, they’re durable and they’re functional.
Long-lasting McWilliam Sailing Bags have launched a new range to go with their distinctive stripe bags. To celebrate the launch Afloat readers can avail of a special 10% discount offer at the bottom of this page. Synonymous with sailing in Ireland,…
Racing the J109 Whiskey Jack in Hong Kong
Racing a J/109 in IRC has its compromises because you're sailing with asymmetrics, you're limited to certain angles and only so much boat speed is generated both up-wind and down. While living in Hong Kong, I raced the J/109 Whiskey…
The sail loft at UK Sailmakers Ireland at Crosshaven in County Cork with a spinnaker repair underway
UK Sailmakers Ireland in Cork Harbour say they remain open during the Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions as the Crosshaven sail loft is treated as a manufacturing facility and a full production loft. As they continue to repair, service and produce sails,…
UK Sailmakers Ireland have the space and knowledge to get your sails serviced correctly - and at the right price
What has Brexit got to do with your winter sails service this year? Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland, explains the situation and why it’s such an urgent matter. Dear customers, I want to let you know it’s really urgent if…

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