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UK Sailmakers Ireland New Shannon One Design Sails Are Ready for Action

18th April 2024

We developed a new design for the Shannon One design class at our Cork sail loft. Once we were all happy with the design which we sent to top guys in the class so they could review it in real time on a 3D viewer file.

Reviewing the Shannon One Design sail from UK Sails on the 3D viewerReviewing the Shannon One Design sail from UK Sails on the 3D viewer

We were then able to develop a sail to make the first prototype, which we built for the class with great success last season. The class trialled the sail over the season last year with some excellent results on the water. We then sat down at the end of the season and developed the sail even further. Using the 3D viewer file, we developed the sail shape another four times.

The new  Shannon One Design sail from UK SailsThe new  Shannon One Design sail from UK Sails

From there, we went on to develop the sail details another three times, from eyelets to reefs to battens, getting the very last detail right for future orders, which we got 14 of for this coming season.

These 14 sails were all measured last weekend by John Leech and Harry Croxon, who were delighted to see that the sails were all measured correctly the first time and that every detail was perfect.

John Leech said “I was very impressed with the one design precision and accuracy of all the sails and looking forward to seeing them in competing on the water".

Measuring the new  Shannon One Design sail from UK SailsMeasuring the new  Shannon One Design sail from UK Sails

From concept to design to production we can do it all here in UK Sailmakers Ireland.

UK Sails Summer

About the Loft

UK Sailmakers Ireland brings modern professional sailmaking to Irish Sailing.​ Formerly known as McWilliam Sailmakers; the company was started 50 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

Kilnagary Business Park


County Cork

P43 YR22

Republic of Ireland

Tel: +353 21 4831505

Production: +353 (86) 198 0199

Email: [email protected]

Barry Hayes

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Barry Hayes

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Barry Hayes, Director of UK Sails Ireland, managed the main UK Production facility for UK Sails in Hong Kong until last October and has been a sail designer with UK sails for over 15 years.

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