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With the current Covid restrictions and other protocols in place, credit must be given primarily to the RstGYC, Jonny O'Dowd and the Irish J80 class for putting the event together and running it in compliance with these regulations. A fleet of 14 boats was a very healthy showing in these circumstances.

I think for all of us competing; it was a great relief to get back to some quality one design racing finally. Allied to this we got lucky with two super sailing days that offered a variety of sailing conditions from day one, sailed in 15-25 knots to day 2 in 5-12 knots. Whilst the relatively stable conditions (as much as possible in Dublin Bay!) provided a great platform to run racing; special mention must go to Michael Tyrell and the race management team for turning around the seven scheduled races in a very efficient manner. Such an essential component of any successful One Design regatta.

APi-2 3Di Jib flying on ‘Red Cloud’ Photo: Shane HughesAPi-2 3Di Jib flying on ‘Red Cloud’ Photo: Shane Hughes

For this year's Nationals, I sailed onboard 'MoJo' with Pat O'Neill and his Howth YC based team. There was a Greystones tint to the team with myself, Aaron Jones and Conor Cleary all active Greystones SC members. Pat has sailed at a good level in the J80 over the past few years competing at World and International championships, so not a newcomer to these events. Indeed, we benefited on the first day from having spent some time sailing in windier conditions on the lead up to this event.

Day one provided some exhilarating conditions with full planing mode going downwind. We were pleased with our speed upwind but especially downwind in these conditions. Consistency in terms of sail and boat balance is critical in these conditions. Keeping heel angle under control and keeping a right balance of power and twist in your sail plan to allow the boat to power through the chop but not over heel is easier said than done but our latest generation 3Di APi-2 jib performed beautifully in these conditions. The stability of the sail shape even with the sheet eased provided us with a platform to balance the boat from. Also being active easing the jib in co-operation with the mainsail in the gusts/chop was really fast on the upwind legs.

We saw the benefits of the North Sails set up throughout the fleet with ourselves, Jonny O'Dowd and Dan O'Grady all going really well, with the three boats filling 11 out of 12 podium positions on the day. The benefits of the sails and set up speaks for itself.

Winning boat ‘MoJo’ taken from Committee Boat Photo: Therese Tyrell(above and below) winning boat ‘MoJo’ taken from Committee Boat Photo: Therese Tyrell

J80 Irish Championships results

Day 2 brought very different conditions with lighter winds from the West, so trickier and maybe slightly more manageable conditions for some of the newer fleet entrants. The racing was very close as a result, and there was a lot of place changing and action on the course. We saw other teams step forward and take the race wins. Dan O'Grady took a great win in race one and had the best day overall with a 1,3,2 scoreline. Ryan Glynn and the Headcase team took the second race win, while Daragh O'Connor steering Norbert Reilly's 'Red Cloud' took a great race win in the last race by a comfortable margin.

Overall results show the top four boats using exclusively North Sails. All four boats using the T6-R radial mainsail, the 3Di APi-2 Jib and the MR-5 Asymmetric. So a very positive reflection of the work we have done over the past couple of years in updating our J-80 sail offering.

J80 MojoJ80 Irish Championship results

All of us at North Sails would like to thank and congratulate all of our clients on these super results.

We are currently running our Autumn One Design discount (runs until October 9th), so please get in touch with us to discuss how we can help speed up your team for the 2021 season, where hopefully we will see more J80 events like this one!

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North Sails Ireland are pleased to announce that our Seasonal Savings promotion has started for all of our One Design Classes.

Now is the very best time to order your race-winning sails ready for the 2021 season.

For more information or to get a quote please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be delighted to take care of you. North Sails wins more One Design regatta's every year than any other sailmaker. If you are looking for speed, reliability and performance, we have you covered.

We look forward to hearing from you.

SAIL FAST

Nigel

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Whilst we were all heading up to Blackrock on Saturday the National 18 Class were holding the Irish Nationals from the RCYC. Reduced numbers this year due to our friend C-19 but no let-up in the racing. Talking to some of the sailors after the event on Sunday this was one of the hardest fought Championships in many years.

North Sails have been heavily involved in the class since 2004 and we had a very intense period again in 2015/16 with the development work on the new Morrison Ultra 18. That was great fun out in the freezing conditions with Colin Chapman and many of the other sailors trialling the new designs and working out the new class rules for the sails with my old friend David Chivers.

Colin Chapman3rd overall - Colin Chapman, Eric Lyons and Morgan O'Sullivan Photo: Bob Bateman

Out at Roches Point, the fleet enjoyed some lovely racing on Saturday under the leadership of the one and only John Crotty. Lots of compliments were coming his way after sailing inside the harbour on Sunday, well done John for taking such good care of the fleet on the water.

After the eight-race series, I was delighted to learn that North Sails clients had taken the top three spots overall in the 2020 Irish Nationals.

Congratulations to all the winners:

  • 1st Overall Nick Walsh, Rob Brownlow and Eddie Rice on 13 points.
  • 2nd Overall was Alex Barry, Andrew Woodward and Grattan Roberts on 19 points.
  • 3rd Overall was Colin Chapman, Eric Lyons and Morgan O'Sullivan on 22 points.

2nd Overall was Alex Barry, Andrew Woodward and Grattan Roberts2nd Overall - Alex Barry, Andrew Woodward and Grattan Roberts

2020 South Coast Champs

Back at the end of August, the class enjoyed their Southern areas and North Sails customers had another clean sweep of the podium.

Congratulations to Alex Barry, Sandy Remmington and Richard Leonard for taking the win. 2nd overall this time was Ewen Barry, Stanley Brown and Dion Barrett and third overall Nick Walsh, Rob Brownlow and Eddie Rice. Very close racing again which is one of the big draws for the National 18 class.

Congratulations again to all the North clients performing so well with our sails, we are proud to be a part of your success.

Our 2020 Autumn Savings Deal is currently running so now is a great time to buy your new One Design Sails ready for 2021.

Please do not hesitate to give us a call.

SAIL FAST

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North Sails Ireland clients demonstrated the power of 3Di at the weekend in the Cobh to Blackrock Race taking a clean sweep across all the classes.

In fact, we had performance in depth with the top two boats in each class using 3Di upwind sails! Congratulations to all the winners, we are very proud to be your sail suppliers:

  • 1st Overall IRC Spinnaker 1 Nieulargo, Denis & Annamarie Murphy
  • 2nd overall IRC Spinnaker 1 Miss Whiplash, Ronan Downing
  • 1st Overall Spinnaker 2 Cracker, Denis Byrne
  • 2nd Overall Spinnaker 2 Luas, Sean Hanley
  • 1st Overall White Sails Prince of Tides, Frank Caul
  • 2nd Overall White Sails Magnet, Kieran O'Brien

This year's race was a really quick one with the leaders in all three classes setting a record pace. It was my first ever Blackrock Race, I was lucky enough to be sailing with Frank Caul and John Molloy on Prince of Tides the Grand Soleil 37 from the RCYC. Prince of Tides had the fastest elapsed time of all the classes at just 57mins 18 seconds, hard to compare with Spin 1 in reality as we started 10 minutes after them but even so a great performance from the Team.

North Sails got involved with the Prince of Tides Team back in November 2019 and helped them with a few key bits and pieces and pieces over the winter. Then in the Spring of 2020, we added two 3Di Endurance 760 sails with a third one on the way. The old sails were very tired and it was really hard to keep the boat in the groove upwind, flat at the front and round in the back, not a great combination.

The new sails mixed with the boat modifications over the winter have resulted in a complete change of performance from the boat. Honestly, it's like sailing a different boat and we can thank Mark Mills for his help and advice as well as the new North Sails, thanks a million, Mark.

Nieulargo uses 3Di Endurance 760 sails for their upwind inventory and the race winning sail for them this year was the Helix Xi Aramid Code ZeroNieulargo also uses 3Di Endurance 760 sails for their upwind inventory and the race-winning sail for them this year was the Helix Xi Aramid Code Zero Photo: Bob Bateman

Back in Spinnaker 1 Class Nieulargo are continuing their winning ways, so cool to see the family all sailing together and the helming being shared 50:50 between sisters Molly and Mia. There is nothing better than family sailing and it's very nice to be a part of it. Congratulations to the Murphy Family for another Trophy race win. Keep up the good work.

Interesting to note that Nieulargo also uses 3Di Endurance 760 sails for their upwind inventory and the race-winning sail for them this year was the Helix Xi Aramid Code Zero. Talking to Denis after the race back in the RCYC he said the new Zero had won the race for them. They flew the sail from the start of the Fota Channel almost right up to the Blackrock Castle. It's one of those sails, when the wind angle is right they are unbeatable...

Denis Byrne and the Trapper TS250 Cracker Photo: Bob Bateman 

I could not finish the report without a shout out for Denis Byrne and the mighty Trapper TS250 Cracker.......Denis has been getting faster and faster in that little boat and although he could be a long way back on the water you can never write him off from the podium! The Blackrock Race was no different this year and Denis not only won Spinnaker class two overall he also won the coveted Moonduster Trophy, congratulations Denis, great work from you and your crew.

For more information about North Sails unique 3Di product please check out the website or call us on the numbers below. See you on the race track...

SAIL FAST.

Nigel

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The UK J109 class ran their UK Nationals at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup in Cowes last weekend.

Here in North Sails Ireland, we watched this event closely because NSI led the charge in the UK & Ireland J109 sail development programme. The Irish fleet were the first to move en masse to non-overlapping IRC jibs with Pat Kelly and his "Storm II" team purchasing their first 3Di Code 2 jib in late 2012. They have enjoyed massive success over the years since then and are now on their 3rd generation 3Di upwind sails. The 2012 jib, eight years later is still going strong though which is a testament to the remarkable longevity that our 3Di sail manufacturing process delivers.

Over the years our North Sails Ireland R & D programme has developed our J109 sails a lot since then...

Andrew Craig's "Chimaera" flying her 3Di RAW 780 Mainsail and Code 1 jib Andrew Craig's "Chimaera" flying her 3Di RAW 780 Mainsail and Code 1 jib - Pic Maurice O'Connell / North Sails Ireland

The Landsail Tyres J-Cup was a three day event with very strong winds on the Friday, light airs on the Saturday and medium airs on the Sunday - perfect!

In recognition of the cv19 status in the UK, crew numbers were limited to to 6 crew vs. the usual 8 with socially distanced prizegiving etc. In spite of all this, in the J109 class winner Simon Perry's ("Jiraffe") words, "the regatta had the familiar festival feel of past J-Cups."

PRO supermo, former Etchell's and TP52 World champion and Finn Olympian Stuart Childerley ran an excellent event despite these challenging conditions.

North Sails provided event support also with my colleagues from NSUK on the water in the NS RIB every day.

My colleague and friend Jeremy Smart from North Sails UK raced as tactician about Tony Mack's "McFly" in the J111 class. Here he is about to karate chop Tony,,,,,,,,or maybe he is checking the layline..............

Jeremy Smart from North Sails UK and Tony Mack aboard the J111 "McFly" - Photo: Landsail Tyres J-Cup/Shaun RosterJeremy Smart from North Sails UK and Tony Mack aboard the J111 "McFly" - Pic: Landsail Tyres J-Cup / Shaun Roster

The J109 class had a fantastic family feel to it with five of the seven crews racing with family members aboard - great stuff guys. It is wonderful to see the younger generation of sailors enjoying the action!

1st overall in the J109's, flying their 100% North Sails inventory was Simon Perry's "Jiraffe", with Simon's children Tom and Alice (and their godfathers) aboard........

Simon Perry's "Jiraffe"Simon Perry's "Jiraffe"

Second overall, flying their 100% NS inventory was 2019 champion John Smart and his team on "Juke Box"  

"Juke Box" flying her North Superkote A2 Spinnaker and 3Di 780 Mainsail"Juke Box" flying her North Superkote A2 Spinnaker and 3Di 780 Mainsail: Pic: Landsail Tyres J-Cup / Shaun Roster

3rd overall was Dave Richard's "Jumping Jellyfish" racing with his daughter onboard.

"Jumping Jellyfish" flying downwind with her North Sails Superkote A2 and 3Di mainsail "Jumping Jellyfish" flying downwind with her North Sails Superkote A2 and 3Di mainsail - pic: Landsail Tyres J Cup / pwpictures.com

Congratulations to all the J109 sailors, organisers and volunteers at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup. It looked like TREMENDOUS fun.

The final DBSC Thursday night race will be tonight - should be great J109 action.

See you on the water soon everyone and sail FAST.

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North Sails would like to congratulate Rob O'Leary and his crew sailing Dutch Gold for winning the 1720 AIB Southern areas this past weekend in fine style. Rob is getting a taste for winning with 3Di now and is on a roll at the top of the class.

Dutch Gold was using a North 3Di Mainsail and Large Jib as the key upwind sails for their programme. Hot on his heals this weekend were fellow club mates T-Bone sailed by the Durcan/O'Shea combination.

Dutch Gold was using a North 3Di Mainsail and Large Jib as the key upwind sails

T-Bone was also powered upwind by the same 3Di set up but they were also powered downwind by the North T-6 large spinnaker. Talking to Team T-Bone after the regatta they were delighted with their pace upwind and down for the weekend. No complaints........

 T-Bone was also powered upwind by the same 3Di set up but they were also powered downwind by the North T-6 large spinnakerT-Bone was also powered upwind by the same 3Di set up

This year's Southern's saw a full spread of conditions from 25-knots on Friday down to 5 to 6 knots on the final Sunday. The North 3Di sails handled the spread of conditions well and it's no coincidence that we see these sails taking one and two overall.

A few months ago I wrote a report about the Trickle Down Effect of 3Di. 

It's unusual that the same sail making process can be made to work for International Moths, Sportsboats, America's Cup, Super Yachts and everything in between! 3Di really is an amazing process that is unique to North Sails

If you would like to know more about our 1720 sails please do not hesitate to contact us at North Sails Ireland, contact details below

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There was more success for Paul O'Higgins' ICRA Boat of the Year Rockabill VI on Dublin Bay tonight, winning Thursday's DBSC race in a brisk northerly wind.

I joined the JPK10.80 crew as the North Sails Ireland representative for the hour-long Cruisers Zero race with Kieran Tarbert helming and Mark Pettit calling the tactics – great fun!

Rockabill VI was flying a 3Di RAW Code 1 jib and a 2016 3DL mainsail! 

Rockabill VI is back in action on Dublin Bay this Saturday for a 35-mile ISORA coastal race, the final in the Viking Marine Coastal Series

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Whew! I am just back at base in Dun Laoghaire after the gruelling Fastnet 450 race. Having raced down the East coast, around the Tuskar Rock and the Fastnet Rock many many times, I think this one may have been the toughest...........

I was racing on John O'Gorman's beautiful Sunfast 3600 "Hot Cookie" with a great team of John, Noel Butler, Hannah Linehan, Andrew Irvin and Alan Walshe. During the race we had plenty of onboard action. We flew our North Sails 3Di ENDURANCE mainsail (with a single reef for a while), 3Di RAW Code 2 jib for the start and after the Muglins rock a few hours. We flew our 2015 NPL Sport Xi Code Zero at the start. Down the east coast we had a tough sail change ("Hot Cookie" has jib hanks) to our 2015 Di ENDURANCE Code 3+ jib (it has a reef to make it a No. 4 jib - we didn't use it thankfully!). As the breeze lightened toward the Fastnet we changed up again to our North Sails 3Di RAW J2 again and then hoisted our 2015 A2 asymmetric at 2am after rounding the rock for the long long run back to Cork....

There were interesting sail trim challenges. It was key to set the boat up in a forgiving mode upwind in order to go FAST (not high) in the seaway in the strong winds. We set the sails up with just enough fullness for power down low, but tons of sail "twist" up high for ease of steering and minimising drag. For the close reach to the Tuskar, it was essential to set the jib up with an outboard sheet sheeted to the rail to open the sheeting angle whilst not losing power through excessive twist. We matched this then with appropriate vang and mainsheet tension for helm balance. We built the sails with reflective trim stripes too which made the sails easy to "read" in the rainy darkness.

Here is a quick video of yours truly winding the North Sails 3Di 780 RAW Code 2 jib in as we rounded the Muglins after furling the Code Zero...........

Our amazing clients had fantastic results in the race.......Chris Power-Smith's 100% Corinthian team on "Aurelia" won line honours powered 100% by North Sails. They flew their North Sails 3Di ENDURANCE 780 mainsail (with a reef too for a while), 3Di ENDURANCE 780 Code 2 jib, NPL Sport Xi Code Zero, 2012 3DL 860 TF1 Code 3 jib for the bash south, 3Di 780 RAW Code 1 jib and their MASSIVE gold North Sails A2 back from the Fastnet. They won line honours after a great battle with Denis Murphy's Nieulargo. I raced the 2018 Round Ireland and the 2019 D2D with the "Aurelia" team and they are so solid. Big congratulations to you all - especially creditable given their 100% Corinthian crew.

Aurelia flying her North Sails 3Di ENDURANCE mainsail and her MASSIVE gold North Sails composite A2 Asymmetric approaching the Cork BuoyAurelia flying her North Sails 3Di ENDURANCE mainsail and her MASSIVE gold North Sails composite A2 Asymmetric approaching the Cork Buoy - Photo: Bob Bateman

Line honours winning team on "Aurelia" - Photo: North Sails IrelandLine honours winning team on "Aurelia" - Photo: North Sails Ireland

What can we say about Denis Murphy and AnnaMarie Fegan's Grand Soleil 40 "Niuelargo"? They won IRC overall - fantastic job guys. It was also brilliant to see Denis and Annamarie's daughters Molly and Mia racing aboard. Molly said all the oldies aboard were a bit "soft" - the next generation are taking offshore racing head on - which is TREMENDOUS! "Nieulargo" flew their North Sails 3Di ENDURANCE 760 mainsail (with reef too for a while), 3Di ENDURANCE Code 1.5 jib and NPL Sport Helix Code Zero off the start line. Down the east coast, they also changed jibs and did an in-line peel to their 3Di ENDURANCE 760 Code 3 jib. On the run from the fastnet they flew their big North Sails S2 SK60 symmetric spinnaker. HUGE congratulations once again "Nieulargo"!

Nieulargo flying her North Sails 3Di ENDURANCE Mainsail and her NPL Xi IRC Code Zero at the Fastnet 450Nieulargo flying her North Sails 3Di ENDURANCE Mainsail and her NPL Xi SPORT HELIX IRC Code Zero at the Fastnet 450 start 2 - Photo: Afloat

The winning Nieulargo team Photo: North Sails IrelandThe winning Nieulargo team Photo: North Sails Ireland

Across the fleet, it was great to see so many boats flying North Sails. We'd like to give a big shout out also to the teams that started but didn't quite make it. Well done guys. It's a testament to North Sails immense durability that there were no North Sails failures that forced boats to retire. We are REALLY proud of this.

Special mention to Ronan O'Suchru on "Irish Offshore Sailing" who stood by and excellently relayed radio comms with the emergency services for the stricken "Red Alert" who unfortunately suffered a dismasting.

Another retiree, Grzegorz Kalinecki, skipper of the smallest boat in the race, the First 310 "More Mischief" is still flying his 2012 North Sails mainsail - "his best sail" in his own words! I spoke to him this morning (Wed.) and he is off the Tuskar Rock, en route back to Dublin - single-handed! Fair play to you Grzegorz..

Brendan Coghlan's team on "YoYo" also had a tough one, being becalmed off Cork for many hours. I raced with the "YoYo" team during the winter (see video below) - their time will come!

Finally, with thanks to "Afloat", here is a few interesting pics of North Sails powered competitors in the Fastnet 450...........

Andrew Algeo's "Juggerknot 2" flying her North Sails NPL Xi Sport Mainsail, her 3Di 760 Flying Jib Top and Staysail at the Muglins Andrew Algeo's "Juggerknot 2" flying her North Sails NPL Xi Sport Mainsail, her 3Di 760 Flying Jib Top and Staysail at the Muglins Photo: Afloat

Derek and Conor Dillon's Dehler 34 Big Deal clears the Muglins on Dublin BayDerek and Conor Dillon's Dehler 36 "Big Deal" flying her North Sails 3Di 760 Mainsail (they had three reefs in at one point!) and 2012 3DL IRC Code 3 Jib at the Muglins. Derek and his son Conor raced two-handed with water-ballast that they fitted themselvesDerek and Conor Dillon's Dehler 36 "Big Deal" flying her North Sails 3Di 760 Mainsail (they had three reefs in at one point!) and 2012 3DL IRC Code 3 Jib at the Muglins. Derek and his son Conor raced two-handed with water-ballast that they fitted themselves Photo: Afloat

We look forward to seeing you all on the water soon and as always, sail FAST.

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Congratulations to all the North Sails Ireland customers for their great results in the recently held 1720 Baltimore Cup in West Cork.

First overall was Robert O'Leary flying North 3Di Mainsail and Large Jib.

Second overall was Anthony O'Leary flying the same combination of North 3Di sails.

Second overall was Anthony O'Leary flying the same combination of North 3Di sailsSecond overall was Anthony O'Leary Photo: Deirdre Horgan

The Durcan Family sailing Team T-Bone was 4th overall Flying 2017 3DL upwind sails and excelling downwind with the latest T-6 spinnaker design.

1720 T-Bone1720 T-Bone Photo: Deirdre Horgan

T-Bone was the only boat to win two races........Great to see this class enjoying such close racing in the beautiful waters of Baltimore.

Back in April 2019, I wrote a piece called "The Trickledown effect" this piece talks about how 3Di started life in the America's Cup and is now on the smallest One Design boats including the 1720. Well worth a read......

Also whilst we are on the subject of 3Di take a look here to understand exactly how it's made. Totally unique in the sailmaking world, when you watch this video it will go some way to explaining why a 3Di sail might cost a little more than a conventional 2D sail.

We look forward to the next 1720 regatta at the end of August as part of the Cork 300 celebrations.

Sail FAST!

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Learning to sail fast offshore in a foil assisted one-design race machine is not an easy task but that's the challenge Dubliner's Kenneth Rumball and Pamela Lee have lined up as they embark on their doublehanded Figaro3 campaign. Here, sailmaker, Nigel Young of North Sails Ireland reports on feedback received from France on the fledgeling Irish campaign.

We got a lovely note from Kenny and Pam about the new sails for the RL Racing Team last week. Read it here.

It's always nice to get feedback like this from our clients as they compete at all levels and all over the World.

3Di is unique in the World of sailmaking and the Figaro 3 class is another example of the benefits of 3Di in action.

Good Luck to Kenny and Pam as they compete in one of the toughest Offshore One Design classes in the World. Here at North Sails Ireland, we are delighted to be playing a small part in this campaign.

Keep up the good work and sail FAST.

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