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Introducing The UK Sailmakers Ireland 'How To' Article Series

29th January 2018
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 The Dun Laoghaire–based J109 INSS Jedi, the top sailing school boat in the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race and 2017 ISORA Series The Dun Laoghaire–based J109 INSS Jedi, the top sailing school boat in the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race and 2017 ISORA Series Photo: Afloat.ie

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 could potentially improve our sailing experiences in 2018.

In conjunction with the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) and Afloat.ie, UK Sailmakers will publish a series of knowledge sharing and 'how-to' articles in preparation for the 2018 season.

From rig tune, to sail trim, to design, materials and development – and perhaps some industry secrets – the aim of the series is to cover a number of wide ranging topics which will appeal to all levels of sailor.

To start off, UK Sailmakers Ireland team member and four time Olympian Mark Mansfield details some on the intricacies of fraction rig tune.

Read the first article on Afloat.ie here

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About the Loft

UK Sailmakers Ireland brings modern professional sailmaking to Irish Sailing.​ Formerly known as McWilliam Sailmakers; the company was started 47 years ago to bring the latest technology to Irish sailors - we continue this mission today.

Under new leadership in 2018; our loft is dedicated to fulfilling the needs of all Irish sailors. ​As sailmakers we do not just design sails for boats. We design and build sails for your boat. Our extensive and versatile product line allows us to produce sails to suit your requirements and expectations.   

​As a core loft within the UK Sailmakers Group we are uniquely placed to draw from a worldwide pool of knowledge and experience - these ties have been recently strengthened with the return of Barry Hayes and Claire Morgan from Hong Kong. ​Barry held a key role in our primary production facility on Hong Kong Island for the past fifteen years. With their return comes a renewed focus on technology R&D on Irish waters.  

​With a wide variety of sailing conditions and a impressive pool of talent the Irish cruiser racing fleet is the ideal test bed for new technologies.​ 

​As with all things in sailing; the secrets will be closely guarded - but for the first time in decades Irish sailors will be at the forefront of sail technology development.​

Although much has changed; some constants remain. The same great sail and customer service we have provided in the past will continue, as does our commitment and passion for growing the sport of sailing all over the country. 

​Staff:

Barry Hayes [email protected]

Graham Curran [email protected]

Claire Morgan [email protected]

Mark Mansfield [email protected]

​Contact Information:

UK Sailmakers Ireland

Hoddersfield Mill

Crosshaven

County Cork

P43 EY26

Republic of Ireland

Tel: +353 21 4831505

Fax: +353 21 4831700

Email: [email protected]

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