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Aboard ISORA yacht Windjammer (1st in IRC 2 2019 flying 100% North Sails) with a view of her new 3Di code jib
Here at North Sails Ireland, we are delighted to see our offshore racing community responding proactively to the Cv19 pandemic. The Round Ireland race that's been rescheduled to Aug 22nd will be a highlight in the calendar! Fingers crossed that…
Irish Marine Federation chairman Paal Janson at Dun Laoghaire’s waterfront
The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) has called on the Government to consider easing some restrictions currently imposed on the marine sector amid the Covid-19 pandemic response. In an letter to Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport,…
Author Dublin Bay sailor John Latham and Scoundrel at Fenit Marina in County Kerry
As a citizen of an island nation, John Latham long had the desire to sail around this country, headland by headland. With that in mind, co-owner John McQuaid and he were determined to carry out such a voyage in their…
Sigma 33 keelboat racing on Dublin Bay at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2019. With luck, sailing will be back and there can still be a rewarding season ahead in 2020
The Government is preparing for a 'controlled and gradual return to sport' and the 2020 sailing fixtures are being tentatively redrafted by yacht clubs across Ireland as the country enters a new phase in dealing with the Coronavirus. The Taoiseach told the…
A Professor of international health and tropical medicine has said that single-handed sailing could return 'very soon' while the government asked sporting NGBs this week for information on what challenges are faced in returning to sport
Government is seeking input from sports bodies – including sailing – as to how a 'gradual and controlled' return to activities can be achieved. Yesterday, the Taoiseach told the Dáil that the Government would like to set out a roadmap…
The PPE made by UK Sais
Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland reports that gowns (pictured above) made at his Crosshaven sail loft are destined for care homes and GP surgeries across the country in the fight against COVID-19. 'Our not-for-Profit makeshift gown making endeavour has…
A still from BBC One NI’s Belfast Lough: Cruises, Cranes and Cargo
A new TV series beginning tomorrow night (Tuesday 14 April) on BBC One Northern Ireland puts Belfast Harbour in the starring role. Today’s Belfast Telegraph features the three-part documentary, Belfast Harbour: Cruises, Cranes and Cargo, which was filmed in the…
An INSS yacht charter group from last summer
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire Harbour want to hear from those who holiday abroad on charter yachts and those who may want to. Given the travel uncertainty emanating from COVID-19 restrictions, there’s a possibility to…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour is in the heart of the boating industry on the East Coast
The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) has joined a call by European boating industry associations for support from the EU to address the Covid-19 outbreak and its profound effects on the sector. Eighteen associations have signed a policy paper from the…
‘We’re Here For You’: Online Orders Welcome At Viking Marine
While Viking Marine’s Dun Laoghaire store remains closed to the public amid the measures against Covid-19, the chandlery remains open for online orders by debit or credit card. And it’s also maintaining a limited delivery service, both locally and nationally…
The UK Sailmaker produced PPE gear on the sail loft floor in Crosshaven
UK Sailmakers in Cork Harbour have busy fulfilling the many orders for gowns for healthcare workers in the frontline against COVID-19. As Afloat reported previously, sailmaker Barry Hayes and his team at Crosshaven have been deploying their resources to help make…
CH Marine Changes Store Opening Hours For Essential Items
CH Marine has made a change to its currently restricted opening hours and will now be closed on Saturdays until further notice. The chandlery’s stores across Ireland will for the time being only be open Monday to Friday for pre-arranged…
SailCork Continues Online Pilotage Courses Following ‘Huge Success’ Of Launch
SailCork continues its new series of online pilotage courses this week with a guide to exploring the South Coast from Youghal to Mizen Head. The Cork Harbour-based sailing school hailed its first distance-learning module, which explored Cork’s ‘Hidden Harbour’ last…
Explore J/Boats’ Elegance Range On Facebook Live
Join Key Yachting on Facebook Live tomorrow (Thursday 9 April) from 1.30pm IST for a special live presentation of J/Boats’ Elegance range. J/Composites sales manager Fred Bouvier will lead the interactive live interview from Les Sables-d’Olonne that will feature the…
O’Sullivans Marine Still Open For Online Orders
O’Sullivans Marine in Tralee continues to accept online orders for its thousands of marine products amid the current Covid-19 measures. But in the interest of staff and customer safety, deliveries and collections will not be available until the present restrictions…
North Sails Ireland-supplied Tour Xi performance cruising sails n action in Strangford Lough on the Moody S31 "Zeelander". See video below.
Here at North Sails Ireland, a large portion of our customer base is made up of a wide range of cruising sailors writes Maurice O'Connell. They range from blue-water sailors who have circumnavigated the globe to coastal sailors who undertake…

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