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Cork Schoolgirls Transform Old Sailcloth Into ‘Junk’ Couture

27th January 2019
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Sally O’Flynn and Hanna D’Aughton’s eye-catching design recycles fabric sourced from the UK Sailmakers loft in Crosshaven Sally O’Flynn and Hanna D’Aughton’s eye-catching design recycles fabric sourced from the UK Sailmakers loft in Crosshaven

Transition Year students in Cork have found an inspiringly artistic and fashionable way of repurposing used sailcloth into something completely new.

Sally O’Flynn, daughter of Baltimore 1720 sailor Peter O’Flynn, has teamed up with friend Hanna D’Aughton for the all-Ireland schools competition Junk Kouture — which challenges second-level students to recycle everyday junk materials into high fashion outfits.

The fourth-year pupils of Regina Mundi College spent four months on their creation, titled Morskie Oko, Polish for ‘Eye of the Sea’, in a nod to Hanna’s eastern European heritage.

Sally used her connections to the UK Sailmakers loft in Crosshaven to obtain the necessary sail fabric — as well as advice on how to transform it using glue spray, tape and more than a little ingenuity.

“The concept for our design was to blend Hanna’s Polish background with my sailing background,” Sally explains.

“We also wanted to show that the sea is a linking force between people and places.

“We manipulated the sails in many different ways to create our outfit. They were cut, sewn, curled and we embroidered Polish folk designs onto them.”

A panel of judges, as well as a public vote which takes place 11-15 February, will decide which designers get to strut their stuff on the upcycled catwalk for the regional final in Limerick.

Then the top 16 designs from around the island of Ireland will advance to the grand final in Dublin’s 3Arena on Thursday 2 May.

And Sally and Hanna will be hoping to sail onto the national stage to show off all their hard work this summer.

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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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