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The J121 Jackhammer ISORA crew taking in the rays while fending off the cold stateside
Earlier this month UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Barry Hayes was in Newport, Rhode Island, commissioning sails aboard the new J121 “Jackhammer”. Owned and campaigned by ISORA and Ocean Racing veteran Andrew Hall – “Jackhammer” has an extensive programme planned for her…
The first results of testing a new UK Sailmakers light Jib (JX) for the J109 class have been very encouraging, says the Cork–based sailmaker
Leading the charge with the design of a new J109 'JX' jib – tested for the first time on Dublin Bay last week – UK Sailmakers are hoping for a return to a 'golden era' for Irish sailmaking.  For many years, Ireland…
Asymmetric sails have become much more popular in recent years. This article describes the options on going fast downwind
In recent years, asymmetric sails have become much more popular. If you have a boat with a sprit you will likely have 100% asymmetric downwind sails. If you have a boat with a pole, it is likely you will (or…
A Stay sail image from the 3D sail design programme, Sailpack
Barry Hayes, owner of UK Sailmakers Ireland, describes new advances in 3D sail design programmes to analyse sail shape and sail design in real time.  In this latest article in the UK Series, in association with ICRA, Hayes outlines the Sailpack…
A well set–up Beneteau 31.7 racing on Dublin Bay. There are good gains to be made in adjusting the rig regularly – read how how to set up the mast and sails for best performance upwind in different wind conditions below
Mark Mansfield, Racing Consultant for UK Sailmakers Ireland, previously wrote about tuning a fractionally rigged mast. In this latest article, in association with ICRA, the four time Olympian describes how to set up the mast and sails for best performance upwind in…
Heavy weather sailing at the DBSC Turkey Shoot last December on Dublin Bay. Graham Curran of UK Sailmakers Ireland shares some sailmaking 'nuggets' below
In every industry there are 'nuggets' of information which can completely change how you look at things. Sailmaking is no different. Sometimes these nuggets are so obvious that you kick yourself for not noticing them before but often they only…
 The Dun Laoghaire–based J109 INSS Jedi, the top sailing school boat in the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race and 2017 ISORA Series
It's the end of January. Some of us are still sailing but most of us are sitting around thinking about it. UK Sailmakers Ireland say now is the chance to take advantage of the down time and read something that…
The Waterford A35 yacht Fools Gold, winner of the 2017 Sovereign's Cup and Welsh IRC Championships
People seem to think that tuning a fractional rig is very difficult. In reality, it is not that hard as Mark Mansfield, Professional sailor and racing consultant/agent for UK sails Ireland, describes below in the first part of a series of 'How To'…
Mark Mansfield has joined UK Sailmakers Ireland as a racing consultant
The new owners of Cork Harbour based UK Sailmakers Ireland have appointed Mark Mansfield as an agent and racing consultant to their Crosshaven loft. Mansfield is a Royal Cork Yacht Club stalwart at the top end of sailing for many years — this season…
Mediterranean sailing at its best. With a suit of sails made by UK McWilliam, including one of Des McWilliam’s very special spinnakers, the Judel Vrolik IMS 48 Cristabelle is making hay off Alicante
Yesterday’s report on Afloat.ie of the major changes shaping up in the ownership structure of the UK/McWilliam Sailmakers business in Crosshaven clearly rings a bell with many in the sailing community at home and abroad. The remarkable response has reinforced…
Black is beautiful – and fast. Rob McConnell’s A35 Fool’s Gold (Waterford Harbour SC) powers her way to a clean sweep of the Sovereigns Cup at Kinsale last week with the latest in UK McWilliam sails. Graham Curran of the sailmakers is trimming the headsail
Leading Irish and international Crosshaven-based sailmakers UK/McWilliam are embarking on a fresh stage of development, with a major change in the company’s ownership structure which will draw on and develop the company’s exceptional range of global activities and expertise, providing…