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North Sails Ireland will bring their "Upwind Sail Trim And Escaping From The Start" to Howth Yacht Club next Tuesday on Feb 26th.

Using "North U" Sail Trim simulation software and supporting video, the full North Sails team of Nigel Young, Shane Hughes and Prof O'Connell will demonstrate the theory and practice of upwind sail trim and how to optimise your set-up for different wind and wave conditions.

The talk starts at 7.30pm and all are welcome.

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North Sails Ireland is offering the members of Foynes Yacht Club and visitors a presentation on the latest theory and techniques for improving and refining upwind trim and boat speed.

North Sails Ireland will be hosting the Sail Trim & Boat Speed Talk in Foynes Yacht Club this Friday 15th February @ 19.30. 

All are welcome, members and visitors. Entry fee is €10 per person. The revenue goes to the FYC Under 25 Sailing Squad.

We are delighted to be invited to FYC and look forward to meeting the members and maybe we can even get a photo with Mermaid Champion Darragh McCormack!

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Rush Sailing Club in North County Dublin is the venue for the next North Sails talk where North Sails Ireland agent Maurice O'Connell will talk about upwind sail trim and escaping from the start.

RSC is the home club of the Kelly family, owner's of the giant-killing J109 "Storm II", winner of the 2018 Scottish Series, RC 35 Series and the Howth YC Autumn League. David Kelly is the RSC vice-commodore.

"Prof O'Connell will be utilising the North U Trim Simulator to illustrate different sail concepts and also video footage from racecourse around Ireland in 2018"

We will be utilising the North U Trim Simulator developed from the powerful North Design Suite to illustrate different sail concepts and also video footage from racecourse around Ireland in 2018.

Prof using North Trim Simulator in Greystones SCProf using North Trim Simulator at a recent talk at Greystones SC

All are welcome and there will be food and refreshments are available.

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North Sails Ireland enjoyed a great day out last Friday with the Royal Cork Yacht Club Under 25 Academy. We were looking at some new 1720 3Di Nordac upwind sails and the North 1720 T-6 Class spinnaker writes Nigel Young.

EY has sponsored the U-25 squad and as part of that North Sails Ireland was delighted to be involved with the provision of a new spinnaker complete with the EY Logo.

Nigel young North sailsAnnamarie Fegan, Head of sponsorship at Royal Cork Yacht Club with Nigel Young of North Sails

EY 1720 U25 RCYCThe EY logo emblazoned on the 1720 U25 RCYC team

We were blessed with amazing conditions for the photo shoot on Friday, 10-knots of wind, 10 degrees temperature and even the odd glimpse of the sun!

As well as the official pictures we had our own media guys on the case. 'Young Productions' were filming onshore and flying the drone to give a different view on proceedings.

North Sails 1720New 3Di Nordac upwind sails for the U25 1720 team

We would like to wish the U-25 squad good luck for the 2019 season and we look forward to playing our part as the season unfolds. Please take good care of that new spinnaker!

Sail FAST!

Nigel Young

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RYA NI is hold its Cruising Conference in Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club in Cultra, Co. Down this Saturday Jan 26th starting at 9.30am.

As part of it, North Sails Ireland's Prof O'Connell will be giving a talk on "Cruising Sails - New Technologies And Developments".

"North Sails are industry leaders in advancing cruising sails design and manufacturing techniques. The "trickle down effect" from our winning Vendee Globe, Volvo Ocean race and Round The World record breaking campaigns greatly benefits our cruising clients and I am really looking forward to a good interactive session in RNIYC this Saturday, " O'Connell told

The video below is of an NSI trialling of new North Sails Tour Xi cruising sails on Strangford Lough recently on Peter Niblock's Moody S31 "Zeelander".

All are welcome at the conference!

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North Sails Ireland will be hosting its successful Sail Trim presentation at Arklow Sailing Club from 7.30pm this coming Friday 25 January.

Following on from last week’s trim talk in Greystones, North Sails Ireland expert Shane Hughes will take Arklow Sailing Club members and visitors through the latest theory and techniques for improving and refining upwind trim and boat speed.

The presentation draws on the North U syllabus used around the world by North Sails representatives, and includes the use of North Sails' proprietary Sail Trim Simulator to help illustrate some of these trim solutions.

All are welcome to this Friday evening’s talk in Arklow, which will show how the angle of attack, depth, and twist combine to control upwind speed, pointing and balance; and how to change the trim (mainsail and jib) to improve performances as conditions change between light, moderate and heavy air.

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Nigel Young, manager of North Sails Ireland (NSI), gives an overview of a successful 2018 sailing season for the sailmaker.

What an amazing year 2018 was for North Sails Ireland and its clients! We are extremely proud of these results and it's really great to play a part in the success of so many winning teams around the country and beyond. The depth of these accomplishments and the spread of classes is down to the hard work and dedication of the North Sails Ireland team, our products and of course our great clients. It is almost impossible to pick stand-out results from the 2018 list but I asked my North Sails Ireland colleagues Prof O'Connell and Shane Hughes for their thoughts. Over to you guys!

North Sails Ireland 3155North Sails Ireland team on the water with Prof (left) and Nigel Young at the helm of a support  boat at the J109 Nationals off Howth Photo:

Maurice "Prof" O'Connell (started with NSI Oct 2007)

"It was impossible to pick but I had to try. Stand out inshore boats for me were Dave Cullen's team on "Checkmate XV" and Andrew Algeo's team on "Juggerknot". Standout offshore results were in ISORA with "Mojito", "Aurelia" and "Windjammer" taking overall and class wins".

Mojito J109 0200J109 Mojito Photo:

Aurelia J122 3664J122 Aurelia Photo:

Windjammer 4362J97 Windjammer Photo:

Dave Cullen has been a North Sails client since 2007 and Andrew Algeo since his J24 days in 2001.

The Half Ton Cup was a particular highlight for "Checkmate XV" and of course their ICRA Boat of the Year award.

Checkmate XV Half tonner 0589Modified Half-Tonner Checkmate XV Photo:

Dave had these kind words to say............."North Sails have been powering "Checkmate XV" and my previous boat "King One" for many many years. I am constantly impressed with their superb quality and attention to detail in design, production and after-sales service. Our 2018 season was a great success - we are always fast. Keep up the good work Prof and the North Sails Ireland team".

Juggerknot 2443J109 Juggerknot Photo:

It was also fantastic to see Andrew and his team (including my Olympic Star class crew-mate Ben Cooke) taking the J109 Nationals 2018 title this year (in addition to winning the inaugural WAVE Regatta and the J109 East Coast Championships). It was the icing on the cake for him in a very competitive One Design class.

"We have no hesitation in returning to North for 'Juggerknot 2' in 2019"

Andrew said, “The team on Juggerknot enjoyed the 2018 J/109 and IRC1 season immensely. Better than expected results certainly helped in that and the advice and after-sales service from Prof O'Connell and the North Sails Ireland team played a large part in our achieving those. The products and after-sales support is fantastic, and we have no hesitation in returning to North for "Juggerknot 2" in 2019. Keep up the great work guys!"

Shane Hughes (Started with NSI Oct 2016)

"As Prof says its hard to choose but the standout result for me was with Eleuthera GS44 Owner Frank Whelan. Frank has been a North Sails client since 2014 and the turnaround from a slow start at Cork Week to finishing with FIVE straight wins and taking Class Zero / One victory was fantastic. He also lifted trophies in Dublin Bay and in Schull at GAS Calves week. The upwind boat speed was the difference and the new 3Di 780 J2 (Medium Jib) was a big part of that.”

Eleuthera 0580Grand Soleil 44 Eleuthera Photo:

Frank said, “Working with North Sails has offered the Eleuthera team some real advantages. The New 3Di medium jib performed really well for us in a variety of conditions and the service and support from the North Team is ever present and valuable to us.”

Nigel Young (Founded North Sails Ireland in March 2004)

"What an amazing list of results. Great credit must go to Prof and Shane for making so many of these happen. Stand out for me personally was the Mermaid "Innocence" owner Darragh McCormack who was a new North Sails client in 2018. We had the absolute minimum amount of time to meet, consult sail, photograph, re-design and build his new sails for the 2018 class Nationals. For Darragh to win the Championships was the highlight of the year for me. See the full story here.

Darragh mcCormack MermaidMermaid Innocence Photo: Ted Kelly OF Foynes Yacht Club

Darragh said: "When I contacted North Sails they treated me as an equal and when we discussed my needs, they listened. I quickly felt comfortable working with them and the sails worked amazingly well from the start. Winning the first race with the new sails gave me immediate confidence to go on and win the Nationals. Thanks guys for a great job"

The Final Word from Jonny Swan!

Jonny had this to add: "I made the decision in 2018 to move to North Sails Ireland. Nigel Young and Shane Hughes have been superb. I cannot thank them enough for all they have done and having Nigel on board in Cork Week and the recent Half Ton Cup in Belgium was a great addition to Harmony. His input contributed to the best result I have achieved out of the 4 half Ton Cups I have competed in and also a significant result in Cork Week where we won the prestigious Harbour Race by a comfortable 2 minutes from over 90 boats that started on the one start line. The expertise and quality of the North Sails product have significantly improved the performance of the boat"

Harmony Jonny Swan Half Tonner 3424Modified Half Tonner Harmony Photo:

What can I say except a big THANK YOU to all our clients and for their kind words. As one of my old mentors used to say, "nothing happens until someone sells something!", but the selling of the sails is just the beginning of the journey when you work with us".

Next time you are thinking about new sails there is only one place to go.........North Sails Ireland.

Take a look below for all our clients' results from 2018 or download the PDF file

Sail FAST.

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The recent North Sails Ireland Talk at Greystones Sailing Club (GSC) has been hailed a great success for the County Wicklow club and North Sails who enjoyed a full house for the Upwind Sail Trim & Boatspeed talk presented by NSI experts Shane Hughes and Prof O’Connell.

Hughes (a GSC Member) took the lead and focused on Upwind Sail trim using the exclusive North Sails Trim simulator.

The audience asked questions and got to see firsthand some of North's tutorial tools like the simulator.

"Rather than just talking about the effects on the rig when certain trim changes are made, the NSI simulator allows you to see them happen before your eyes!", North Sails Ireland boss Nigel Young told

As previously reported by, the lecture held on January 17th was open to all members and surrounding clubs. "We were overwhelmed by the feedback", Young said.

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North Sails Ireland are hosting a Sail Trim presentation at Greystones Sailing Club on Thursday 17th January @ 7.30 pm.

The evening will include a presentation by sailmakers Shane Hughes and Nigel Young and features the latest theory and techniques for improving and refining upwind trim and boat speed.

The presentation draws on the North U syllabus so successfully used around the world by North Sails representatives and includes the use of North’s proprietary Sail Trim Simulator to help illustrate some of these trim solutions.

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Two years to the day that Ireland's Embarr team won the Melges 24 Worlds in Miami, Conor Clarke and Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell were back on the water for the 380–mile Round Jamaica Race on Mark Shield's Beneteau 35s5 "Breakaway". Mark is Commodore of the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club which is now Conor's home club. Prof takes up the story of a circumnavigation that ended suddenly

We were going very well, vying for first place on corrected time when, 15 miles from the finish in 25 knots of wind in tough upwind conditions, the starboard rod cap shroud failed at the turnbuckle and we were dismasted. We had a No. 2 genoa and a reef in the main at the time. It happened at 6 am yesterday morning.

We systematically cut all the lines, halyards, electrical cable and shrouds and sent the broken rig and the two sails to the ocean floor - including a brand new North Sails 3Di mainsail! Had we had more time, we would have tried to recover it all and bring it back onboard but we were drifting to a lee shore and had to move fast. It was an odd feeling - once the rig and all the bits had gone, there was an eerie silence which you wouldn't expect. Quite strange.

The good news is that it all went pretty smoothly, nobody was seriously hurt. En route home now via Miami.

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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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