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Barry Hayes

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.

Symmetric Versus Asymmetric Spinnaker in IRC: What’s Best & Why?
Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland goes through the different options for racing boats going 'Symmetrical' or 'Asymmetrical' with their spinnakers. What’s best and why? In the past 15 years, spinnaker options have increased considerably. Prior to that, it was…
A code zero (left) and a Flying Jib on Dublin Bay cruiser WOW!
UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Barry Hayes looks at the differences between Code Zeros and Flying Jibs on IRC, what are the best angles for each and tips for using them. Both sails are used reaching, but at what angels and why…
UK Sailmakers Ireland Covid-19 Measures
In light of the Government's safety guidelines, UK Sailmakers Ireland in Crosshaven has taken the decision to close the loft to customers, both for the safety of our staff and customers. This has not affected the production or delivery of…
A bowman at work on a Jelik RP 76
Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland gives his top tips on how to be the best bowman  Any bowman worth his salt is fast on his feet, strong as an ox, and agile enough to climb the mast. The bowman…
The J109 Outrajeous with UK Sails on Dublin Bay
Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland gives his top ten sail trim tips for the coming season 1. Know your sails, know your settings Many boats sailing inshore with non-overlapping headsail setup regularly use up to three headsails. It is…
A Beneteau 34.7 with computer designed sails from UK Sailmakers Ireland
The art of sail design has come a long way since the days of hand-dawn files and even rudimentary CAD design programmes. Today, UK Sailmakers Ireland uses SAILPACK which, in our opinion, is the best sail design program on the…
Winter Sails Service From UK Sailmakers Ireland
The Winter period is the best time for getting your sails serviced writes Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland. Whether it’s your car, your own health, or your sails, it is no secret that an annual check-up and service is…
McWilliam Sailing Bag Black Friday Specials!
A perfect Christmas gift for the sailor in your life - the McWilliam bag is the ideal bag to take on your boat, as it is rugged and water-resistant. This Black Friday we’re offering 10% off everything in our McWilliams…
A top J109 cockpit in racing mode. Making sure each control line, sheet and halyard is ready for use is vital for success on the race course
The pit or “strings” is a vital role aboard any boat; but not just mechanically, explains Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland. A good pit person is involved in everything. Every sail manoeuvre, the start, on the rail, aiding communication…
Wow on Dublin Bay
In early 2019 the news broke that there was a new “WOW” on the way to Ireland from Lisbon. George Sisk had added a new XP44 to his line of successful racing yachts named “WOW”. Barry Hayes reports on the…
Andrew Hall's J125 Jackknife leads ISORA overall after Race 11 from Dun Laoghaire
Barry Hayes, Director of UK Sailmakers Ireland highlights some recent successes for Boats flying UK Sailmakers sails from Ireland, both around the country and in the Solent Following on from considerable inshore successes for UK Sailmakers Ireland (three IRC class…
John Murphy and Richard Coldwell’s J 109 Outrageous from Howth on her way to winning class 1 at this year's Sovereigns Cup. Matrix S2 symmetrical spinnaker and Uni Titanium Mainsail. 
Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland goes through the options for racing boats to go Symmetrical or Asymmetrical with their spinnakers. Barry sailed aboard George Sisk's XP44 WOW from Royal Irish Yacht Club at this year's Sovereigns Cup, where WOW…
Sail-Sense attaches permanently to the sail, measuring key performance data such as UV, hours of use, G-Force and Flogging (movement).
UK Sailmakers Ireland has teamed up with Spinlock to bring sail making to the next level in Ireland for our racing customers writes Barry Hayes. We have two of Spinlocks new Sail Sense trackers on John Murphy’s J109 Outrajeous on…
The XC45 is bound for Kinsale in County Cork
There is a brand new XC45 yacht on its way to Kinsale, Co Cork writes Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland. Currently lying in the X-Yachts factory yard in Denmark; it will soon be on its way to Irish waters…
Cruising Sails – What's New for 2019?
With Winter setting in and the Turkey Shoot over, it is just about time to begin making plans for the 2019 cruising season. In this article Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland provides some tips and options to make your…
Heavy weather sailing is safe and easy when you set your sails correctly for the conditions and the ability of your crew says Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland
With the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series starting soon on Dublin Bay and Autumn Leagues in full swing in Crosshaven, Howth, Kilrush and elsewhere, Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland gives some tips on how to effectively handle your boat in…
A bird settles on a Harken winch during a delivery voyage of a new Jeanneau from France to Turkey
Harken agent Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland gives some top tips for improving your boat and servicing your Harken deck gear. Barry has been working at the highest level with Harken for 15 years, dealing with boats from Maxis, TP 52s,…
Graham Curran of UK Sailmakers trims a (red) J109 spinnaker at the Royal St. George Yacht Club Regatta made by the Cork Harbour firm
With the advent of high–tech construction, most upwind sails are now being manufactured in specialist facilities in the likes of Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and South Africa. However, some sails are still being made in Ireland in a few lofts.…
You can put up three times more sail when you hoist a code zero, compared to reaching with your non-overlapping jib
Up to about 15 years ago, most boats were designed with big overlapping headsails, which were still pretty useful when reaching because of their size. Then it became evident that this set up was not that efficient and trying to…
Asymmetric sails have become much more popular in recent years. This article describes the options on going fast downwind
In recent years, asymmetric sails have become much more popular. If you have a boat with a sprit you will likely have 100% asymmetric downwind sails. If you have a boat with a pole, it is likely you will (or…
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