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McWilliam Sailing Bags Launch New Range - Discount for Afloat Readers Here!

15th November 2020
The McWilliam Sailing bag range - they look great, they’re durable and they’re functional. The McWilliam Sailing bag range - they look great, they’re durable and they’re functional.

Long-lasting McWilliam Sailing Bags have launched a new range to go with their distinctive stripe bags.

To celebrate the launch Afloat readers can avail of a special 10% discount offer at the bottom of this page.

Synonymous with sailing in Ireland, the practical bags can be seen everywhere – ashore, offshore, in the city or the wilds – filled with books for school or towels for the beach. You’ll even see them circling airport carousels as people return from holidays and business trips.

Made by the Cork Harbour sailmaking firm, each bag is hand made, to the same exacting standards, in the sail loft near Crosshaven, Co. Cork.

This is also true of the new range of bags, now available here

The iconic brand has launched a new range of bags. Pictured above is the medium-sized inshore bag, 'The Sailing All In One' Or 'The Weekend Away' bag

"Wherever you see a McWilliam bag you’re looking at a bag that’s earned its stripes", sailmaker Barry Hayes (pictured at work below) tells Afloat. 

Handmade in Ireland: A McWilliam Sailing bag has earned its reputation by living up to its promise in the most challenging of conditions – the sea

Sailors who knew they could rely on our sails for crossing oceans knew they could rely on our holdalls, shore bags and totes with their distinctive stripe, practical design and incredible durability, he says.

McWilliam Sailing bags - A trusted long-lasting product that sailors all know and love.

Tote Bags - On The Go Holds All You Want, Holds All You NeedTote Bags - On The Go Holds All You Want, Holds All You Need

McWilliam's Full Range of Sailing Bags for Every Need

Synonymous with sailing in Ireland, the practical bags can be seen everywhereSynonymous with sailing in Ireland, the practical bags can be seen everywhere

  • Small One Design Bags - Carries The Basics For The Essentials
  • Medium In Shore Bags  - The Sailing All In One Or The Weekend Away
  • Large OffShore Bags - The Family To The Beach Or Off Shore Campaign
  • Tote Bags - On The Go Holds All You Want, Holds All You Need
  • New - Travel, no longer just for sailing! 

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Use the promo code "Afloatmcbags" to get your 10 % discount directly from the McWilliams Sailing Bags website 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 an impressive pool of talent, the Irish cruiser racing fleet is the ideal testbed 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]

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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