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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…
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…

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