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Ian O'Meara (left) with Olympian Finn Lynch
In a busy week in Mallorca, Olympian Finn Lynch, a Brand Ambassador to Viking Marine, shares his weekly tips. This week Lynch focuses on the merit of setting personal performance goals and the motivational advantage of some early personal wins. 'We…
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XP44 "Maestro" – 1st place Corinthian Division at the 2018 ORC European Championships
Recent orders from some of Ireland’s largest racing yachts have made for a busy winter period for the UK Sailmakers Ireland team writes Mark Mansfield. Last year the Farr 43 “WOW” and the new J121 “Jackhammer” were feature boats for UK Sailmakers Ireland;…
Panorama of Lough Mask
The Irish Times reports that a search is under way on Lough Mask for a fisherman who failed to return to shore yesterday (Friday 8 March). The local man, an experienced angling enthusiast in his 70s, had set out at…
UK Government Gives Guidance On VAT Status For Recreational Craft In Event Of No-Deal Brexit
Third country customs controls will apply to all pleasure craft moving within UK waters in the event of a no-deal Brexit, HM Revenue & Customs has confirmed to British Marine regarding the VAT Paid Status of recreational craft. Upon exit…
Abandoned boats on the Isle of Mull in Scotland
Canadian boat owners could be liable to fines of up to €4 million under new legislation to tackle the scourge of abandoned vessels on the country’s coastlines, particularly in the western province of British Columbia. International Boat Industry reports that…
Robert Braithwaite 1943 - 2019
Sadly, in the early hours of this morning, Sunseeker’s founder Robert Braithwaite (76) passed away. Braithwaite was an inspiration to everyone at Sunseeker and to the wider marine industry, recognised as a boating pioneer, a true visionary and someone who…
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J24s racing at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay
The North Sails Trim Talks tour of Ireland has been going really well and it's always a treat for us to get out of the office and meet the clients and potential clients in a relaxed learning environment writes Loft manager Nigel Young.…
Gina Liuzzi is presented with her new North Sails Ireland holdall prize from Prof O'Connell at the Royal St. George
Big smiles all round in the Royal St George YC last weekend as North Sails Ireland prizewinner Gina Liuzzi received her new holdall. Presented by Sails expert Maurice O'Connell just ahead of his North Sails Trim Talk on Saturday lunchtime at the…
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View from onboard Sunfast 3600 "YoYo" as the crew to prepare to gybe with rival sister ship "Hot Cookie" left
Prof O'Connell of North Sails Ireland reports from the deck of the Sunfast 3600 YoYo in the DBSC Spring Chicken race on Dublin Bay. Today's DBSC Spring Chicken race was a light wind affair with big wind shifts, making it challenging…
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A brand new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 is launched with the custom-built hoist
Dublin Bay's MGM Boats have been showing off the versatility of the firm's 50–Ton Marine Travel Hoist at its Dun Laoghaire Harbour boatyard. 'Ever wondered how we get a 50 foot yacht from hard standing to the water?' is the question…
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Viking Marine Brand Ambassador Finn Lynch Talks Laser Goals: ‘Start As You Mean To Go On’
“I have some hefty goals for 2019 and being top 10 in the Miami World Cup was my first goal of the year,” says Viking Marine’s new brand ambassador Finn Lynch. “I’m delighted to say that I can confirm that…
The new pilot boat for Leixoes in Portugal caught the attention of two new Spanish clients
Following delivery of their latest pilot boat for the Port of Leixoes in Portugal, the Cork Harbour performance boat specialsts at Safehaven Marine announced the signing of contracts with two Spanish ports. The port of San Ciprian has contracted for an Interceptor…
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Prof O'Connell at the helm of Royal St. George yacht ISORA yacht Aurelia
Dun Laoghaire's Royal St. George Yacht Club host an ‘Upwind Boatspeed’ talk with ‘Prof’ Maurice O’Connell, tomorrow, Saturday 2nd March, at 12:00 pm.  O'Connell of North Sails Ireland will utilise North’s advanced sail trim simulator in his talk.  Irish Buffet Breakfast…
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North Sails Ireland Bringing Upwind Trim Seminar Up North To East Antrim Boat Club
Hosted by East Antrim Boat Club as part of their hugely successful Mid-Week Sessions programme of illustrated talks, the ‘Prof’ Maurice O’Connell himself will be on stage from 7.30pm next Wednesday 6 March to present North Sails Ireland’s popular upwind…
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Birger Hansen with the restored hull of the first X-79 ready for paining
In the early summer of 2018, Birger Hansen and Lars Jeppesen of X-Yachts picked up the very first model of the company’s debut boat, the X-79, from Jersey in the Channel Islands. The boat — one of around only 500…
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Maurice "Prof" O'Connell at the North Sails talk in Howth
North Sails Ireland had the pleasure of presenting their latest sail trim seminar at Howth YC last night for its members and guests writes Nigel Young. I counted over seventy people in the audience and my colleague Maurice "Prof" O'Connell…

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