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Barry Hayes (second from left) trimming on the Swan 45 Devocen
West Cork native Barry Hayes took over the UK Sailmakers Ireland loft a year ago From Des McWilliam, having returned to Crosshaven from an international career in sailmaking. Afloat.ie asked him about his own sailing background and the changes he has…
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Ian O'Meara (left) with Paul Adamson of Oyster Yachts
For the last 45 years, Oyster Yachts have built a reputation for signature performance blue water cruising yachts built to the finest level of craftsmanship. This is a company that is not just building but are creating through personalisation and…
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Prisca Bags' sailcloth washbags are just the thing for your next getaway
A new business launched by a well-known sailor on the Water Wags scene uses upcycled sails to create quirky travel washbags. Prisca Bags is the brainchild of Amanda Chambers, who repurposes old fabric from many different sources into a variety…
Finn Lynch in an upwind Laser training run in Palma that includes multi world champion Robert Scheidt of Brazil
Tokyo 2020 trialist Finn Lynch who has returned home to Dublin just home is telling of one of the highs from his week Laser training in Palma de Mallorca. Lynch, a Viking Marine ambassador told Afloat.ie 'When nine-time Laser world champion Robert…
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Viking Marine Going Green For St Patrick’s Weekend With New Ecoworks Range
It’s St Patrick’s Day weekend and Viking Marine is going green! Check out Viking Marine’s new green Ecoworks range of cleaning products just in time for getting your boat ready for the new season. These environmentally safe cleaning products come…
RYANI Launches ‘Women On Water’ Programme For 2019
Marking International Women’s Day last Friday (8 March), RYANI launched its popular Women on Water programme for 2019. The initiative, which sees women of all abilities take to the water, is being run in conjunction with a number of sailing…
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This is the RCYC Under 25 sailing Team testing out some new 3Di 1720 Nordac sails back in Feb. This picture shows very nice light airs trim albeit with a slightly over-tight rig for the current conditions. This picture shows the full 3Di structure and the smooth flying shapes of the molded sails in all their glory.  Despite the tight rig the entry on the Jib is still quite OK but just a touch on the shallow side.  A softer rig with more sag would allow a little more depth and power into the Jib making it easier for the helm to find an easy groove to steer. To read more info on how to make headstay sag your friend see below...
Following on from our last piece last week on the J24 Class, the subject of headstay sag has come up on several occasions writes Nigel Young. Headstay sag plays a large part in all sailboats and especially here in Ireland on…
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The Barracuda 8 is one of the more recent additions to Beneteau’s sports fishing boat range
Beneteau has been cultivating a community of sea angling enthusiasts around its Barracuda range — and international dealers will be sending their top bass fishermen to Brittany this coming May for the return of the Barracuda Tour. With Le Crouesty…
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The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is looking for boat owners who might consider working in partnership
Since beginning to teach the yachting courses in 2015 the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School has been inundated with requests to charter their vessels. At first this was met by using the downtime of the school’s two training vessels,…
The Race Geek d10 equipment on a J70 mast
Afloat.ie caught up with Ric Morris of Race Geek after a weekend which marked a milestone for the Irish race electronics and analytics company. Their d10 tactical race instrument was used by half the teams in the top 10 in the J70…
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UK Sailmakers Talk On ‘Top Tips For Fast Sailing’ At Howth Yacht Club Tomorrow
UK Sailmakers Ireland agent and sailing professional/coach Mark Mansfield brings his Top Tips for Fast Sailing talk to Howth Yacht Club from 8pm tomorrow (Tuesday 12 March). Mansfield and professional sailmaker Graham Curran will share their tips for getting the…
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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…

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