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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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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 boats like the J-24, 1720, SB20, Dragon, J-80, J-70 and many more.......

This was also a question that popped up several times during our recent Sail Trim Tour of the country. How can it possibly be better to sail with a large sag in the headstay in light airs? It makes no sense at all at first glance! However, it does work...

1720 headsail tell talesYou can see the sag but in this picture of a 1720 headsail even though the wind had just died. In a perfect world, the headstay would be softer with much greater sag to deepen up the sail shape.  Having said that all telltales are flying ok.

To find out why follow the link here and the secrets will be revealed by our North Sails Experts.

"Sailboats with headstay sag often point higher and maintain boatspeed better in light-air conditions"

For more articles like this please go direct to the North Sails Website or sign up to our Newsletter here and the articles will be delivered straight to your inbox. Nothing nicer than reading all the top sailing tips and trick from the comfort of your own home!

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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.

Lots of topics and questions get presented to us as we travel and this year was no different. However, there is often a recurring theme that pops up as we move around the country and this year was no different. The big talking point at many clubs this year was One Design racing and the class that got mentioned more than most was the J24.

"The J24 is a very popular choice by many of the Under 25 Youth Teams in Ireland"

In the summer of 1975 Rodney Johnstone designed and built hull number One in his garage in Stonington, Connecticut USA and the class has been going strong ever since.

The J24 is a very popular choice by many of the Under 25 Youth Teams in Ireland and we were very happy to help support the U-25 Squad in Foynes YC last month. From the outside, the J24 looks simple and in reality, it is. However as with all One Designs from Optimist dinghy through to the Melges 32 they all have special techniques required to get the very best out of them. The J24 is no different....however if you want a short cut to success in this class look no further!

North Sails have been involved in the class right from day one and the experience and knowledge our class experts have to share is second to none. Our own Shane Hughes here in Ireland is one of the class experts in the J24 so if you cannot find the answer below please do not be afraid to contact Shane or any other member of the North Sails Team.

We hope you find the Tips and trick below of interest. I am 100% confident you will...

Please take a look at the first of three J24 focused articles from North Sails here

Sign up to the North Sails e-newsletter here

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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 Dun Laoghaire club.

Gina's winning entry was the first name out of the hat in the recent and popular North Sails Ireland free to enter competition on

Keep an eye on for your next chance to win a North Sails Holdall in our series of free to enter competitions.

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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 for both the competitors and race officer Henry Leonard's team. The triangular course was eventually shortened after the fifth leg. Nice timing given that the rain had just arrived!

Onboard "YoYo" we had a useful practice session with sister ship "Hot Cookie" prior to racing. "Hot Cookie", with FF guru Alan Green helming, NS colleague Shane Hughes trimming plus noted tactician Marty O'Leary aboard eventually won the "battle of the sisterships" beating us on the water by 12 lengths or so.

The J97 "Windjammer" had a stellar day, beating us both on the water as did the J112 "Jib 'n Tonic". We await the "FECHO" results with bated breath!

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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 available 1.15 – 2.15 pm

€15 per person (inc tea and coffee)

To book a place, please contact Laura at Reception on (01) 2801811

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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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