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Top Results for UK Sails Ireland at End of Season in 1720s, ISORA Final Race & Dutch IRC Nationals

17th September 2018
The 1720 Antix The 1720 Antix Photo:

A great end of season series of results has put the icing on a fine season for UK Sails Ireland, the first season under the new ownership of Barry and Claire Hayes and Graham Curran.

In the 1720 Nationals, just completed in Baltimore, UK Sails again had a clean sweep. In this hotly contested class, UK Sails filled all top four slots.

"UK Sails have filled all three podium positions in the last five years in both the Nationals and Europeans"

Donagh Good's “Da Fishy” from Royal Cork, with Peter O'Leary on the helm, won from Baltimore's Anthony O'Leary’ in Antix, with Robbie English and Ross McDonald’s Rope Dock from Howth Yacht Club, making up the top three. In addition, fourth place was also a UK Sails boat with Tom Hegarty from Baltimore taking this slot. All four were using UK sails Ireland upwind and downwind sails.

1720 sportsboat racing1720 sportsboat racing Photo: Bob Bateman

UK Sails have filled all three podium position in the last five years in both the Nationals and Europeans in the 1720 one-design class.

In the Irish Sea, the final race of the ISORA Series was held last weekend and was an 80–mile race from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire and was won by Andrew Hall's J125, Jackknife. Andrew also has a new J121 which he sails in the Mediterranean on which he will compete in the upcoming RORC Middle Sea Race. Both boats use UK Sails Ireland sail inventories.

Hubo UK SailsHubo

In Holland, a newly built one-off 36–footer, Hubo just won the Dutch IRC /ORC Nationals two weekends ago. This boat was only launched in May and UK Sails Ireland was asked to kit the boat out with both it's upwind and downwind sails, featuring its Grand Prix Uni Titanium unwind range.

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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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