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The decision was made by British Marine after independent research showed there was insufficient support from a large proportion of the marine industry
Industry body, British Marine, says making the decision to put the London Boat Show on hold now for 2019 enables the organisation to look at alternative options. Here is the British Marine statement in full:  British Marine, which organises and owns…
The late Henry Lupton of Galway was enthusiastically generous in his interaction with every aspect of sailing
If you sought a multi-faceted example of contemporary Galway and the way the city and its surrounding area interact both with the sea and the most modern research industries, then the late Henry Lupton would be an eloquent example. He…
The J97 "Windjammer" (Denis Power & Lindsay Casey) was first in IRC 2, completing a win in all three IRC classes and the overall ISORA race for North Sails–powered boats
Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell reports that North Sails Ireland powered race boats had a 'stunning' weekend's success on both sides of the Irish Sea. Kip Regatta Firstly, in Kip Regatta in Scotland in the competitive 12 boat RC 35 division Pat…
The J109 sponsorship package will include "North U" style on the water support, video analysis and de-brief after racing
North Sails Ireland have announced a sponsorship package for the two Irish J109 class events in 2018. The package will cover the J109 East Coast Championships in the Royal Irish Yacht Club on May 19th & 20th and the National…
Chris Power-Smith's J122 "Aurelia" won both overall and IRC 0 in yesterday's ISORA race after an epic upwind battle from Rockabill Island to East Kish buoy against Stephen Tudor's J111 "Sgrech"
In the build up to next month's all–important Round Ireland Race, yesterdays' ISORA race from Dun Laoghaire was an important tune–up. Chris Power–Smith's J122 Aurelia crew showed the depth of their ambition by outwitting some of the ISORA big guns…
Asymmetric or Symmetric? Which Spinnaker Type to Use & How To Set It
Sailing Professional Mark Mansfield, who is a Racing Consultant with UK Sailmakers Ireland, goes through the different spinnaker sail options and how to set and control each of them. This is the latest in a series of information articles produced…
The new Lagoon 450 S sailing catamaran will be on display at Howth Yacht Club this weekend
A brand new 45–foot Lagoon catamaran will be the highlight of a display of new craft going on show at Howth Yacht Club this weekend. The north Dublin club, in association with broker MGM Boats, will host an 'open weekend' at…
George Sisk and some of his key crew, the Farr Design office and Barry Hayes from UK Ireland Sailmakers have redeveloped the Farr 42 WOW! for the 2018 season
Royal Irish Yacht Club Skipper George Sisk has had the Farr 42 WOW! for nearly ten years so there was a feeling that it was time to look at a new boat for his Dublin Bay and Irish yacht racing…
Brendan Coghlan's SunFast 3600 "YoYo"
North Sails Ireland are reporting an 'epic' start to the Dublin Bay Sailing Club season with a fine turnout for the third Saturday race in medium southerly winds and a good Dublin Bay chop. The sailmaker recorded the following IRC and…
UK Sailmaker Graham Curran sail testing the new UK Sails J1 – JX Jib on Dublin Bay
Since Des McWilliam retired and sold the UK Sails business to Barry Hayes and Graham Curran at the end of the year, they have lost no time in getting their new designed products out to their customers. In addition they…
Former Laser Master Champion Nick Walsh from Royal Cork Yacht Club will contest the Lennon Racewear sponsored Irish Laser Master National Championships hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club on 19th and 20th May.
After a busy start to the Laser sailing season at Baltimore for the Munster Championships and then last weekend's Ulsters at Ballyholme, all before the first weekend of May, next up for the senior Irish Laser fleet is the Lennon…
The first Melges IC37
The first County Wicklow designed Melges IC37 designed by Mark Mills, Afloat.ie's Sailor of the Year in 2009, arrived at New England Boatworks last Monday afternoon, and was out sailing Tuesday afternoon after fitting keel, rudder and rig. Three days…
Top performers adjust their standing rigging (shrouds and forestay) for every five knots of wind
In his first article in the ICRA /  UK Sailmakers Series, Racing Consultant Mark Mansfield wrote about tuning a fractionally rigged mast. His second article featured changing gears in different wind conditions while racing. In this final article, the four time Olympic helmsman…
The growing DBSC Laser fleet racing in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The busy season for DBSC  Laser Fleet kicked off last Tuesday with 2 short sharp races in the Harbour in light conditions. With an entry of over 30 Standard and Radial rigs this year will be action packed with Laser…
Winners at the CH Marine Ulster Laser Championships at Ballyholme Yacht Club
Ballyholme's Olympic trialist Liam Glynn won the CH Marine Ulster Laser Championship title last weekend on Belfast Lough counting five race wins. Royal St George Yacht Club sailors did the double by securing the 4.7 and Radial titles. The Radial…
Monaco was the first event in the Swan One Design Mediterranean League
Shane Hughes from North Sails Ireland is the sailing team manager and a trimmer onboard the Swiss Club Swan 50 ‘Mathilde’. Hughes has been working with the team since the boat arrived new from Nautor in early 2017. The project…

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