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Season's greetings everyone!

The "trickle-down" effect is well known in other industries, and sailmaking is no different.

Just before Christmas, North Sails Ireland attended our North Technology Group global virtual conference for our team members and affiliates around the world. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to get together virtually and learn about the fascinating developments in all the NTG companies with North Sails at its core.

We listened to a gripping presentation from our Head Of Design and Engineering JB Braun, currently in New Zealand for the America's Cup. "JB" joined NS in 1999 and has been involved in six America's Cups.

Click on the link here to hear from JB describe his impressions of the recent America's Cup World Series, the technical developments in the "engine above the deck" and what it might mean for the broader sailing community...

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Andrew Craig had been a leading competitor in the Dragon class in for many years. As well as competing in the championship circuit in Ireland, "Chimaera" has represented Ireland overseas at many European and World Championship events. It was in Hobart, in 2003, whilst coaching the Irish Mirror team at the Worlds there, that I first met Andrew who was racing at that time with the late Graham Elmes and Klaus Hoj-Jensen.

Over the past decade or so, occasionally, one of his trusted teammates Mark Pettit or Brian "Matty" Mathews were unavailable for the odd event so I was fortunate enough to stand at various times in Dublin Bay, Glandore, Belfast Lough and Cowes in the UK. His Dragon "Chimaera" was powered by North Sails' world championship-winning one-design sails, so, when he made the switch to the J109 class in late 2016 for the new "Chimaera", we were delighted to continue our involvement with Andrew and his great team.

Once the switch to North Sails had been made on the J109, the results started coming FAST.............

"Chimaera" flying her 3Di RAW mainsail and Code 1 jib - pic; Maurice O'Connell / North Sails Ireland"Chimaera" flying her 3Di RAW mainsail and Code 1 jib Photo: Maurice O'Connell / North Sails Ireland

In the one-design J109 fleet, two podium finishes at the 2017 and 2018 National Championships in Howth and Dublin Bay were achieved. Then in 2019, under IRC, "Chimaera" won her class and "Boat Of the Week" at the 2019 Scottish series. During this year's truncated season, she also won the National YC 150th centenary regatta in August.

North Sails powers "Chimaera" using 3Di RAW 780 upwind sails and downwind she flies asymmetric spinnakers manufactured in Contender A GRADE Superkote.

To read more about the "Chimaera" success story, click here.

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Dear One Design Sailors

We have been booking lots of orders on the Black Friday deal and we wanted to remind you that this offer ends on Monday the 30th Nov.

This is your very last opportunity to make a nice saving on the World's Fastest One Design Sails in 2020.....If you are in the market please do not hesitate to call us.

If you have been promising yourself an early Christmas present then now is the time!

Check out the link here for more info request a quotation or a call back.


From your Team at North Sails Ireland

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Greeting sailors from North Sails Ireland. It's too early to say "seasons greetings" but we're not far off it!

Much has been written about 2020 to date. So let's add to it by reflecting on and acknowledging the wonderful achievements of our customers in this, the strangest of sailing years.

Our fantastic clients flew a huge range of North Sails products this year to power themselves to victory. At the top of each class, inshore, offshore and one-design, we saw winners flying everything from 3DI RAW to cross-cut NPC NorDac (North Dacron), from Helix cabless load-sharing Code Zero's and flying jib tops to little Norlon (North Nylon) symmetrics, on boats ranging from Water Wag dinghies to the largest Cruisers 0 IRC offshore race boats - and almost everything in between.

DBSC winner 'White Mischief' flying her 3Di Main and Code 1 Jib Photo: Maurice O'Connell/North SailsDBSC winner 'White Mischief' flying her 3Di Main and Code 1 Jib Photo: Maurice O'Connell/North Sails

What was especially gratifying was the podium performances of many of our customers who were flying North Sails products that were many seasons old - a sure testament to the longevity, durability and true long-term value that North Sails delivers.

It was a big move for us organisationally too, with my colleague Shane Hughes taking over the NS Ireland service operation. Shane started with NS in 1998 and is a vastly experienced sailmaker, as well as being a top sailor too. It is fair to say that his new loft in Wicklow has been a "game-changer".

Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell setting up the 3Di's onboard Mustang 30 'Peridot'Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell of North Sails Ireland setting up the 3Di's onboard Mustang 30 'Peridot'

Nigel, Shane and I have been on the water all over the country in our short season, supporting our clients. When you need us, we are here and we love to talk boats! So do pick up the phone for a chat or email us anytime to see how we can help make you go FASTer for LONGER.

Please click on the link below to see our 2020 Victory List and HUGE congratulations to all sailors for your efforts this year around the country.

2020 North Sails Ireland Victory List here

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North Sails 3Di is leading the way on more and more race winners in Ireland. Working with Royal Cork's Denis Byrne and the crew of the Trapper T250 Cracker has been a rewarding experience watching the crew develop and improve over time.

In 2019, Cracker won the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s 'boat of the year' award.

“It is unusual for a small boat like Cracker to win such an award in the biggest yacht club in the country,” said a proud Denis. In 2020 with the same inventory, he’s continued his winning streak. Cracker took her class and the overall win in the annual Cove to Blackrock Race, winning the coveted Moonduster trophy.

Royal Cork's Darragh Connolly (left) presents the 'Moonduster' award to Cracker skipper Denis ByrneRoyal Cork's Darragh Connolly (left) presents the 'Moonduster' award to Cracker skipper Denis Byrne

I keep talking about the trickle-down effect from the largest Super Yachts down to the smaller Club racers......3Di has all angles covered.

This is another great example of a real-life trickle-down tale. Read more about Cracker's success here

Sail FAST into 2021

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This year's Vendee Globe is going to be a fascinating race to follow. North Sails have been working with the IMOCA Class for many years now and all of the hard work and effort is paying dividends with seventeen of the boats being 100% North Sails and another eight boats with one or more North Sails in the inventory.

It all started back in 2001 when Bruno Dubois the manager of North Sails France worked on the sails with Dame Ellen MacArthur and her IMOCA 60 Kingfisher, in that race North Sails only had one or two boats using our products.

Great to see the 3Di product dominating the class and amazing to think that most of the North Clients in the race are using our top tier race product 3Di RAW looking for the fastest lap of the planet.

This is the same 3Di RAW product that has become so popular in the Irish Race market and has dominated the results in Ireland for many years now.

Episode 5 - The Women of the Vendée Globe

A record of six women is included on the 33 skipper roster for the Vendée Globe 2020. This is historic, considering only seven women have participated, and six have ever completed the race since its inception in 1989. This trend is a reflection of what we’re seeing elsewhere in sailing, as more women take on leadership positions and compete at the highest level of the sport.

See Episode Five in the North Sails Vendee Globe Series below.

Not long to wait for the start.....

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As fans gather for the Vendee Globe Race and to be captivated by the next generation of IMOCAs, North Sails has produced its own video series on the solo non-stop round the world race.

The series is narrated by one of the race founders, French navigator Loïck Peyron who lends his voice as narrator in a six-part video series. He offers his perspective on this legendary race by telling the story of the exceptional skippers who dare take on the challenge.

Here are the first three episodes of six below:

Vendée Globe Special – Episode 1 – Thus was Born the Vendée Globe

Peyron offers his perspective on this legendary race by telling the story of the exceptional skippers who dare take on the challenge, the passion that drives them, and the quest for open-ocean adventure

Vendée Globe 2020 – Episode 2 – The IMOCA Takes Flight

The Vendée Globe is a race exclusively reserved for the IMOCA, a 60-foot monohull machine built for racing. The open rule gives the naval architects great freedom of design when imagining the next generation of boats.

Vendée Globe 2020 – Episode 3 – The Spirit of Adventure

More than a race, the Vendée Globe is the ultimate adventure. The skippers hunger to get out of their comfort zone and exceed their limits, and it is their story that fascinates the spectators

Click the North Sails site for the next episodes

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Sailmaking is a very enjoyable career and it offers a great opportunity to sail all types of boats and meet all sorts of interesting people.

April 2021 will mark my 40th year in the industry and over that time I have had the privilege of sailing with some really cool people in some amazing locations.

One of my favourite things is to work with teams that are really keen to learn and get the very best out of their boats and sails at any level.

Prince of Tides with North 3dI sailsPrince of Tides racing in Cork Harbour Photo: Bob Bateman

One of these teams that have just started working with North Sails is Prince of Tides, the Grand Soliel 37.

The link below will take you to their story told by Frank Caul and John Molloy.

They were interviewed just recently by our marketing team and you can read their story here.

I hope you enjoy the read.

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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.



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