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Swift Start for UK Sailmakers Ireland on Dublin Bay, Kinsale, ISORA & Warsash

4th May 2018
UK Sailmaker Graham Curran sail testing the new UK Sails J1 – JX Jib on Dublin Bay 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 have brought in the knowledge of Mark Mansfield, the four time Olympian and professional sailor, to work with them as an agent and racing consultant.

Results are already showing with the season only just started. In the first of the 2018 ISORA Races, the Welsh ISORA race was won overall by Andrew Hall's, J125 Jackknife, sporting UK Ireland sails, and winning by a considerable margin. Andrew has also just purchased one of the new J121 speedsters which also sports a full suit of UK Ireland sails, the subject of a recent article on here 

J boat jacknifeAndrew Hall's,  J125 Jackknife

On the same day, the first ISORA race was run on Dublin Bay and the winner of Class 1 was Roger Smith's Wakey Wakey from Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club, which included, in her sail inventory, the new UK sails J1 – JX Jib which was tested here in Dublin recently here

First DBSC Races

More recently, last weekend's first DBSC weekend race featured Uk sails winners in Both Class 0 IRC and Class 1 IRC. In Class 0, Paul O'Higgins JPK 10.80, Rockabill VI, won sporting new A 1.5 and S2 spinnakers from UK sailmakers. In class 1, John and Brian Halls’ J109, Something Else, showed good speed with her UK Sails inventory to win Class 1.

Kinsale Spring League

In Kinsale, KYC's Spring League, as featured here with photo gallery, finished up last Sunday with an emphatic win for Kieran Collins Olsen 30, Ocacle IV, in IRC Class 2, with straight wins, sporting a new X Drive main and Jib and Spinnaker from UK Sailmakers. This was an impressive result as in their class was also Finbarr O'Regan's well sailed Artful Dodger, an Elan 333, which won its class at Sovereigns Week in 2017. 

olsen 30 CollinsKieran Collins Olsen 30, Ocacle IV Photo: Bob Bateman

Warsash Spring Championships

Further afield, Mansfield was Tactician and Mainsheet on John Smarts’ J109, Jukebox, which won the Warsash Spring Championships which was an 11 race series run over two weekends in the Solent, which finished last Sunday. Mark Will be Tactician on Jukebox, when she competes in the upcoming IRC Europeans being held in Cowes in June, in conjunction with the Commodores Cup. Included in the fleet for that event will be Rob McConnell's Fools Gold, winner of last year Class in Sovereigns Cup and the Welsh IRC Nationals. Fools Gold also sports a full UK sails Inventory, and trimming on that boat will be Graham Curran of the loft.

This weekend sees all 3 UK sails people (Barry Hayes, Graham Curran and Mark Mansfield) performing sail trials on a number of clients yachts in Dun Laoghaire who have opted for the new technology and expertise that the new UK Ireland Sails team are bringing to the market.

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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. 


Barry Hayes [email protected]

Graham Curran [email protected]

Claire Morgan [email protected]

Mark Mansfield [email protected]

Yannick Lemonnier [email protected] 

Andrew Steenson [email protected] 

Contact Information:

UK Sailmakers Ireland

Hoddersfield Mill


County Cork

P43 EY26

Republic of Ireland

Tel: +353 21 4831505

Fax: +353 21 4831700

Email: [email protected] Team

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