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It was a fantastic weekend for North Sails Ireland customers at the ICRAs (IRC Nationals) at the RStGYC writes Maurice O'Connell.

Our wonderful clients won four out of the six IRC divisions plus stacks of podium places, including an amazing first in IRC 1 for John Maybury's J109 "Joker II" for the fourth year running. "Joker II" won by a massive 8 points in this uber-competitive fleet.

Thank you, everyone, for your brilliant sailing.

Thank you also to our service manager Richard Marshall for overnight sail service in the school hall in Deansgrange - keeping our customers at the front of the fleet, day after day.

Finally, we'd like to congratulate the Royal St. George YC and ICRA for organising and running a great event. 

North Sails Results ICRA National Championships 2019

Rockabill VI 1618IRC Zero Champion - "Rockabill VI", JPK 1080, Paul O'Higgins * Photo: Afloat


1. "Rockabill VI" - JPK 1080 Paul O'Higgins *
2. "Forty Licks" - First 40 - Jay Colville
3. "Yoyo" - Sunfast 3600 - Brendan Coghlan

J109 Joker 3348IRC 1 champion "Joker II", J109, John Maybury Photo: Afloat


1. "Joker II" - J109 - John Maybury
2. "Storm II" - J109 - Pat Kelly

Mata Half Tonner 2269IRC 2 champion - "Mata", Half-Tonner, Wright Brothers Photo: Afloat


1. "Mata" - Half-tonner - Wright Brothers
2. "Checkmate XVIII" - Nigel Biggs
3. "Checkmate "Xv" - Dave Cullen


3. "Running Wild" - Impala - Brendan Foley*

IRC 5 (Non-spinnaker)

1. "Demelza" - Shamrock - Windsor Laudan & Steffi Ennis

* denotes partial inventory

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The North Sails Ireland regatta service team will be in Dun Laoghaire this coming weekend for the ICRA Nationals at the Royal St. George Yacht Club.

If you need any help with damaged sails or spares please do not hesitate to our Service Manager Richard Marshall who will be leading the North Sails Ireland effort.

Call Richard on 086 6686281 or Prof O'Connell on 086 2364200 and they will be ready to help you.

Come and chat to us at the North Sails box at Dun Laoghaire Marina after racing on Friday and Saturday. The van will be outside ready to take your sails to our overnight service loft.

Hopefully, you won't need us though!

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I'm just back home after a great day's sailing here with Darragh McCormack in Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary at the Mermaid Munster Championships writes Nigel Young of North Sails Ireland.

I have to say the welcome you get in Foynes YC as a visitor is second to none......From the minute you arrive to the minute you leave you really feel part of the FYC family.

I had been invited to FYC by Darragh to crew with him and check out his National Championship winning sails with my own eyes.

You can read all about that regatta and the Fairy-tale as I like to call it here

This was a unique outing for me as it was only my second time actually racing the Mermaids and the first time racing in a three-man team with my eldest son. Seems like I now have a ready-made crew for any North Sails outings! Thanks Jack...

North Sails everywhere IMG 9454North Sails Ireland took the top three spots overall in the Munster Championships

The day went well with North Sails powered boats taking the top three spots overall in the Munster Championships. I was especially proud to sail with Darragh and my own son Jack finishing first overall. Great class, great club, great people and the North Sails don't seem too bad either!

Read all about the North Sails victory in Foynes here

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The North Sails Ireland Team moved out of home for a few days last week and set up camp in Tarbert for the 2019 Scottish Series writes Nigel Young.

Maurice O'Connell was helping Andrew Craig and his team on the J109 Chimaera in the RC35 Class.

Shane Hughes was sailing with the Wrights on the recently revamped Half Tonner MATA looking after the rig and the new 3Di sails.

Yours truly was found pulling a few ropes and offering trim and rig advice to Jonny Swan and the team on Harmony.

The series offered up the full mix of sailing conditions and our North Sails clients took home a large chunk of the Silverware!

Congratulations to all the winners across all the classes and also to the organisers of this classic early season event held in an amazing natural sailing arena.

Please check out the link here for a more in-depth look at who did well at the regatta.

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The North Sails Ireland team of Nigel Young, Shane Hughes and myself, Maurice O'Connell, head to the Scottish Series today to race with our customers and against our many friends from Ireland and the UK.

J109 Chimaera

I will be racing on Andrew Craig's beautiful J109 "Chimaera" pictured above. Chimaera is showing some great early season form, finishing third in the J109 East Coasts and also winning a number of early-season DBSC races. I will be tactician with Brian Matthews navigating and John White trimming (he of the INSS man-overboard fame in Round Ireland 2018). 

Harmony Half Tonner 3420Johnny Swan's half-tonner "Harmony Photo:

Half Tonner Harmony

Nigel will be racing on Johnny Swan's half-tonner "Harmony". Johnny finished second in 2018 Half-Ton Cup and narrowly missed winning Scottish Series last year. Johnny will be hoping to go one better this year!

Mata Half tonnerThe new Mata Half tonner dockside in Howth Photo: Shane Hughes

Half Tonner Mata

Shane will be racing on the latest addition to the Irish half-ton fleet - the Wright brother's "Mata" from Howth Yacht Club.  The Wright brother's "Mata" is the former "Trastada" and Shane has been working the boat up in HYC over the past month. It will be very interesting to see how she goes!

All of the above will be flying full North Sails inventories.

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Here at North Sails Ireland, we have had a fantastic start to this year's J109 class season writes Maurice O'Connell. The East Coast Championships in the National YC that featured North Sails Ireland as an event sponsor boasted a strong fleet of 10 boats and the overall winner wasn't decided until the finish of the last race.

It was a great event for North Sails in that the overall winner, Tim and Richard Goodbody's "White Mischief" raced the event using her three-year-old North 3Di jibs and her six-year-old A2 spinnaker. This was a fantastic testament to our sails' outstanding durability and performance lifespan. She also flew her 2018 3Di mainsail and her 2018 A4 spinnaker on the Sunday.

Jalapeno flying her 3Di Main Superkote A2Jalapeno flying her 3Di Main and Superkote A2 Spinnaker

Second overall was "Jalapeno", skipped by Paul Barrington who flew her new 3Di Code 1 jib to win the DBSC coastal series on the Saturday which set her up for the battle with "White Mischief" on the Sunday.

Third overall was class captain Andrew Craig's "Chimaera" flying her full North Sails inventory including her 2019 Code 1 and 2 jibs.

Chimaera flying her 3Di Mainsail Superkote Composite A2 SpinnakerChimaera flying her 3Di Mainsail and Superkote Composite A2 Spinnaker

"Our great clients did us proud last weekend and congratulations to "White Mischief" in winning with her 2016 jibs and 2012 spinnaker. Even though "White Mischief" regularly wins in DBSC racing, we are really delighted that her three and six-year-old sails are still performing at the top end of the championship fleet", said Nigel Young, manager of North Sails Ireland.

The next class event will be the National Championships in October, which will be again sponsored by North Sails.

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North Sails Ireland have just fitted a new mainsail for Glen Finegan's lovely Discovery 67, Tangaroa 2 which has recently arrived from Scotland writes Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell.

Glen is returning to Ireland, having worked abroad for many years.

Working on the new mainsail for "Tangaroa" was a joy and we are really pleased with the result. This will set Glen and his crew up for many years of happy cruising. Safe travels guys!

Here is a quote from Glen: "Our new mainsail fits beautifully. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised given the care and attention taken by Prof and the North Sails team from the moment I placed the order. We are looking forward to our first trip south with it this weekend and putting it through its paces but my first impressions are excellent!".

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Here at North Sails Ireland, we are blessed with a top level service department lead by the very skilled Richard Marshall from Cobh writes Nigel Young. There is nothing Richard and his team cannot do with fabrics of any kind and the fact that he is also a top-flight sailor in his own right also helps!

Richard Marshall

Richard and his team have been servicing all of the North Sails products sold in Ireland since 2004 and together we have developed some really nice repair techniques over the last sixteen years.

Richard is really well known for dominating local sailing with his wooden Bolero Woody back in the day. Six years running South Coast Champion. He has also raced on many other local boats including Illes Pitiuses at the Quarter Ton Cup with Jason and Dominic Losty. I had to remind him about the fact he was also Dutch Melges 24 Championship back in 2015 with yours truly and Colm Dunne from that was a great regatta.

Richard MarshallRichard Marshall, Colm Dunne and Nigel Young racing a Melges 24

The Service team in Cobh has a full understanding of what's required to repair and service all of the North Sails products including the unique to North 3Di sails. These sails require specialist repair techniques and materials but having said that they are not often in the repair loft due to the lack of film in the sails!

However when they do need service why would you buy a state of the art car and then take it to your local garage for repairs? The simple answer is that you wouldn't do it obviously and you should not do it with your state of the art North Sails either!

There is no other sail loft in Ireland qualified to repair 3Di sails so you should take care to make sure you always use the North Sails Service Team to look after your sails. North Sails also often use custom unique to North sail fittings so to be certain your sails are in the very best condition after any service work you really need to be calling us for help.

Paul Keal NS ServicePaul Keal

Paul Keal

Paul Keal has been a key part of the North Sails Service Team since 2012. He is a very experienced sailmaker having served his time with North Sails in England looking after the spinnaker department and working on One Design and Maxi boat sails during his time there. Paul has been sail making for almost thirty years on and off in Europe and the States and if he keeps going he will soon be catching me up! Paul like Richard is a very good sailor and that helps him to fully understand the needs of the clients when working on their sails.

You know when you put your sails in for service here at North Sails they are in very safe hands with years of knowledge.

Also, do not forget that as mentioned at the top of the page Richard and his team can make anything in almost any fabric. Marine upholstery, covers, spray hoods, dodgers and winter covers also a speciality.

We also offer a sail washing service in partnership with Tip Top Laundry in the south coast of England. When it comes to sails, covers and anything at all to do with the engine above the deck you are in great hands.

NS Winter CoverA North Sails Ireland winter cover

For any sail service or cover requirements please do not hesitate to contact any of the North Sails Team.

You can find us all here...

Sail FAST!

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It was a fantastic feeling for me to retain my connection with the Melges 24 class, even though it's been some time since our World Championship win on "Embarr".

Last weekend I travelled to Bergen in Norway to work with the Norwegian fleet at their annual "Speedcamp".

The camp was organised by Jens Aptern Wathne who is also the president of the International Class Association. Winds were light for the weekend and we had some excellent session both ashore and afloat. Afloat we focused on body weight driven kinetics, light air boat and sail trim and optimal techniques for acceleration and deceleration pre-starts.

Ashore, we had some lively classroom sessions on starting tactics, ISAF Rules Of Sailing and rig tune.

Prof in the classroom teaching the skills pyramidProf O'Connell in the classroom teaching the skills pyramid

Rig Tune

I'd like to thank all the volunteers who made the weekend a great success. I can't wait to get back into one of my favourite raceboats - the Melges 24!

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You often hear about the trickle down effect of products developed for the America's Cup, it makes great PR and reads well in the Social Media but so many times it never really makes it all the way to the smaller boats writes North Sails Ireland's, Nigel Young

I am happy to say that with 3Di it really has made it all the way down from America's Cup and Super Yachts all the way to the International Moth and everything in between. We now have a 3Di Film-less product available for everyone, not just the Grand Prix end of sailing.

Check out the latest Class to switch over to 100% 3Di Sails in the North Family. I have sailed the Melges 24 since 1994 and it's great to see that boat is now fully 3Di. Check out the latest news from Miami here: Melges 24 3Di Success on the Race Track

Here in Ireland, we delivered our first 3Di sail to the Kelly Family and the J-109 Storm way back in 2012. As a testament to the 3Di product and production process that sail is still in use today with Brian Jones and his team on the J-109 Jelly Baby. No major repairs have been done to that sail, only minor luff tape damage and some small chafe repairs, not unusual for an 8-year-old sail.

Alpaca North sailsDenis Murphy's new No 3 sail  on Nieulargo trialed on Friday and used to devastating effect on SundayAlpaca North sailsThis month's sail trials in Cork Harbour with X34 Alpaca sporting a 3Di Aramid Code 2 Head-sail and her Polyester 3Di Nordac Cruising Mainsail 

In the last few months, North Sails Ireland have supplied 3Di sails to 1720s, J-80's, Melges 24's and several other small one-off IRC boats. So it's not just PR its reality, 3Di really does cover every possible sail size out there for both Racing and Cruising. For the full 3Di Family of sails check out this link here

North Sails are now so confident about the lamination of 3Di that they offer a Lifetime Warranty against delamination on all 3Di products......Try asking your Sailmaker for something similar and they will be seen running for the door!

NS ZeroDelam 3.26.19 slidevisNorth Sails offer a lifetime guarantee on delamination on 3Di sails

Here in Ireland, we have delivered hundreds of 3Di sails since the first sail back in 2012 and the overriding factor is how long they last. When I say that I do not mean their overall lifespan but the shape holding. The shape holding of 3Di is a product of many factors but one of the facts I like the most is this:

3Di Sails have double the fibre content of our old 3DL product!

3Di sails kilo for kilo in all up weight have double the amount of fibre when compared to our best 3DL sail ever made. So back in the 3DL days, a Jib weighing say 18kgs would have only just over 6.5kg of fibre in the sail. Roughly 35%.

The equivalent 18kg 3Di Sail has almost 70% fibre 12.5kg so it's very easy to see why 3Di Sails hold their shape so well. Think about that for a moment, 3Di has DOUBLE the fibre content.......

The fibres are what gives a sail its ability to retain the design shape. So more fibre can only be good for the long term shape holding of your sails.

As a rule of thumb, the plastic film in our 25-year-old technology 3DL sails and our current competitors' sails accounts for over 50% of the all up weight of the sail. If you then add light skins to make it look like a 3Di sail that adds even more parasitic weight again.

Plastic is not Fantastic!

Remember 3Di has no Plastic film.........We like to call the plastic film parasitic weight, it adds nothing to the sail in real terms except weight. Not only that it needs protecting so it does not crack hence all the additional films on the outside Taffeta's, Light skins etc...

3Di needs none of this as there is no plastic film in the sails and the greatest knock-on effect of that and the special glues we use is they cannot de-laminate and that is guaranteed.

Next time you are thinking about a new sail think about 3Di. Yes, they cost more initially but ask any one of our 3Di clients here in Ireland what they think and I know the answer you will get.

They cost more at the outset but offer much greater value for money in the long run. Less time in the service loft, more time flying in their original FAST design shape.

North Sails 3DL was 25 years ahead of the opposition, 3Di is light years ahead.

Sail FAST.

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The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) Information

The creation of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) began in a very low key way in the autumn of 2002 with an exploratory meeting between Denis Kiely, Jim Donegan and Fintan Cairns in the Granville Hotel in Waterford, and the first conference was held in February 2003 in Kilkenny.

While numbers of cruiser-racers were large, their specific locations were widespread, but there was simply no denying the numerical strength and majority power of the Cork-Dublin axis. To get what was then a very novel concept up and running, this strength of numbers had to be acknowledged, and the first National Championship in 2003 reflected this, as it was staged in Howth.

ICRA was run by a dedicated group of volunteers each of whom brought their special talents to the organisation. Jim Donegan, the elder statesman, was so much more interested in the wellbeing of the new organisation than in personal advancement that he insisted on Fintan Cairns being the first Commodore, while the distinguished Cork sailor was more than content to be Vice Commodore.

ICRA National Championships

Initially, the highlight of the ICRA season was the National Championship, which is essentially self-limiting, as it is restricted to boats which have or would be eligible for an IRC Rating. Boats not actually rated but eligible were catered for by ICRA’s ace number-cruncher Denis Kiely, who took Ireland’s long-established native rating system ECHO to new heights, thereby providing for extra entries which brought fleet numbers at most annual national championships to comfortably above the hundred mark, particularly at the height of the boom years. 

ICRA Boat of the Year (Winners 2004-2019)


ICRA Nationals 2021

The date for the 2021 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 3-5 September at the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay.

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