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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…
Kenneth Rumball in the newly-enlarged Irish National Sailing School premises in Dun Laoghaire this week. He is already in the midst of a busy sailing year, a highlight of which will be racing the INSS’s successful J/109 Jedi in the Volvo Round Ireland Race with former overall winner Michael Boyd as skipper
To say that Dun Laoghaire Harbour is facing a period of administrative flux is an under-statement. This exceptionally complete and totally artificial haven, for so long such an integral part of Dublin Bay that people perceive it as a natural…
Sailing Instructors at the INSS in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The INSS is launching a major recruitment drive for sailing, powerboat and cruising instructors. The positions are both full time for the summer and ad-hoc during the week and at weekends. Thankfully, says School Principal Kenny Rumball, they've seen a…
 Frank Whelan's ISORA winning team on "Eleuthera" (black hull to leeward) as a bumper 25–boat ISORA fleet reach out of Dublin Bay on Sunday in the first race of the Viking Marine Coastal Series
The North Sails Ireland team of Nigel Young, Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell and Shane Hughes (scroll down for sailmaker details below) were busy at three sailing events last weekend, each winning races with clients on the Irish Sea, Howth and Kinsale.…
Frank Whelan's Eleuthera, a Grand Soleil 44, was the IRC overall winner in the first ISORA race from Dun Laoghaire. Scroll down for more photos
Frank Whelan's well sailed Eleuthera, a Grand Soleil 44, was the winner of ISORA's Viking Marine Coastal Series first race in ideal sailing conditions on Dublin Bay this afternoon.  An exotic mix of new and nearly new entries into the 2018…
INSS Open Day Is Three Weeks Away
#INSS - Saturday 12 May is the date to save for the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School’s open day for 2018. All ages but especially children are welcome to try sailing, kayaking or paddleboarding from 10am to 5pm at…
'Ireland’s Deep Atlantic' the first of a new series begins tomorrow, Sunday, 22nd April at 9.30pm on RTÉ One
#MarineWildlife - Ireland's Deep Atlantic is a new documentary series that airs on RTÉ One this weekend. Ireland’s Deep Atlantic sees underwater cameraman Ken O’Sullivan embark on a series of voyages out into the open North Atlantic in search of…
The J121 Jackhammer ISORA crew taking in the rays while fending off the cold stateside
Earlier this month UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Barry Hayes was in Newport, Rhode Island, commissioning sails aboard the new J121 “Jackhammer”. Owned and campaigned by ISORA and Ocean Racing veteran Andrew Hall – “Jackhammer” has an extensive programme planned for her…

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