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It's great to be back! Huge congratulations to the team at Howth Yacht Club, led by the mighty Brian Turvey delivering the first major inshore event in Ireland since 2019.

The competition was awesome, the race management excellent, the craic ashore was ninety and to see so many sailors afloat and ashore was just tremendous!

The event was a true test of boat speed/VMG and reliability. There were windward leewards, the iconic Lambay Race and "round the cans" courses in conditions ranging from 8 - 12 knots on Friday, 15 - 25 knots on "big Saturday" and 10 - 18 knots on Sunday.

Given the easterlies, we were racing in a short confused seaway which necessitated a somewhat fuller and more twisted and forgiving upwind sail set-up. Downwind, spinnaker design and fabric selection help deliver stability, easier trimming and thus better VMG.

"Storm II" flying her North Sails 3Di RAW Code 3 jib and North Sails 3Di RAW Mainsail Credit: Annraoi Blaney"Storm II" flying her North Sails 3Di RAW Code 3 jib and North Sails 3Di RAW Mainsail Credit: Annraoi Blaney

Here at North Sails Ireland, were we proud and honoured to see so many of our wonderful customers winning so many classes and filling the podium slots. Well done everyone and thank you!

My North Sails Ireland colleague Shane Hughes had a busy event, working long into the night repairing all makes of sails to keep you, the sailors, firing on all cylinders the next day. He was repairing sails from all sailmakers - a testament to his and the North Sails regatta service commitment.

Photo taken at midnight Credit: Shane Hughes / North Sails Ireland

His midnight toiling was not easy given that he was also racing aboard the Wright's beautiful new Cape 31 "Adrenaline" during the day! Well done "Shano" for the massive effort.

Cape 31 "Adrenalin" flying her North Sails 3Di RAW Mainsail and Code 3.5 jib Credit: Annraoi BlaneyCape 31 "Adrenalin" flying her North Sails 3Di RAW Mainsail and Code 3.5 jib Credit: Annraoi Blaney

I was racing aboard Andrew Craig's J109 "Chimaera" and after a tough battle, we came through to 3rd overall in IRC 1, 1st J109 and 1st in the J109 East Coasts. We flew our North Sails 3Di RAW Mainsail, Code 1, Code 2 and Code 3 jibs and also our A GRADE Superkote A2 and A4 kites.

"Chimaera" flying her North Sails A GRADE Superkote A2 asymmetric and North Sails 3Di RAW Mainsail Credit: Afloat"Chimaera" flying her North Sails A GRADE Superkote A2 asymmetric and North Sails 3Di RAW Mainsail Credit: Afloat

We salute our wonderful customers and their great sailing teams - well done everyone.

Roll on WAVE Regatta 2024!

North Sails Results below:-

IRC 0

Class 0 winner "Jelly Baby" flying her North Sails 3Di RAW Mainsail and Code 2 jib Credit: AfloatClass 0 winner "Jelly Baby" flying her North Sails 3Di RAW Mainsail and Code 2 jib Credit: Afloat

1. "Jelly Baby" - Jones Family - Royal Cork YC - *North Sails
2. "Searcher" - Pete Smyth - Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 - National YC - 100% North Sails
3. "Prima Forte" - Burke / Lemass - Beneteau First 40 - Royal Irish YC - *North Sails

IRC 1

"Final Call" flying her A GRADE Superkote 60 S1.5 Symmetric Spinnaker and her North Sails 3Di RAW Mainsail"Final Call" flying her A GRADE Superkote 60 S1.5 Symmetric Spinnaker and her North Sails 3Di RAW Mainsail

1. "Final Call" - John Minnis - Archambault 35 - RUYC / RNIYC - 100% North Sails
2. "Snapshot" - Mike and Richie Evans - HYC - 100% North Sails
3. "Chimaera" - Andrew Craig - RIYC - 100% North Sails

IRC 2

"Lambay Rules" flying her North Sails A GRADE Superkote A4 asymmetric and her North Sails 3Di RAW Mainsail Credit: Annraoi Blaney"Lambay Rules" flying her North Sails A GRADE Superkote A4 asymmetric and her North Sails 3Di RAW Mainsail Credit: Annraoi Blaney

1. "Lambay Rules" - Stephen Quinn - HYC - 100% North Sails
2. "King One" - David Kelly - half tonner - *North Sails
3. "Ghost Raider" - Norbert Reilly - half tonner - 100% North Sails

IRC 3

2. "No Excuse" - Wormald, Walsh, O'Neill - X302 - Howth Yacht Club - *North Sails
3. "Maximus" - Paddy Kyne - X302 - Howth Yacht Club - *North Sails

IRC 4

2. "Bite the Bullet" - Colm Bermingham - Elan 333 - Howth Yacht Club - 100% North Sails

IRC 5

2. "Demelza" - Steffi Ennis - Shamrock - Howth Yacht Club - 100% North Sails

J24

Craig Usher calls the start line aboard "Jumpin' Jive" flying her North Sails NPL Xi genoa Credit: Annraoi BlaneyCraig Usher calls the start line aboard "Jumpin' Jive" flying her North Sails NPL Xi genoa Credit: Annraoi Blaney

1. "Jumpin' Jive" - Mark Usher - Greystones Sailing Club - 100% North Sails

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1. "Mojo" - Patrick O'Neill - Howth Yacht Club 100% North Sails

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"Insider" flying her North Sails 3Di 330 Mainsail and No. 1 Genoa Credit: Annraoi Blaney"Insider" flying her North Sails 3Di 330 Mainsail and No. 1 Genoa Credit: Annraoi Blaney

1. "Insider" - Stephen Mullaney - Howth Yacht Club 100% North Sails
2. "Flyover" David Marchant - Waterford Harbour Sailing Club *North Sails
3. "Boojum" - Steph Bourke / Gus Legge - Royal St. George Yacht Club *North Sails

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I was talking to Martin Lee this morning from North Sails UK. Martin has been in charge of the sail production floor for NSUK since 1994 and is one of the world's most experienced sailmakers. We were discussing manufacturing in general and then we started talking about the spinnaker for Perseus^3 which was the largest sail ever built.......

This sail was really something special and it's hard not to be impressed by the numbers! The fact sheet below makes some really interesting reading.......If you think that the average size spinnaker in Ireland is something like 120sqm that will put things into perspective when you realise this sail is 2604sqm!! That requires some very specialised handling.

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There has been a strong Irish connection to this yacht for a number of years now but she has only recently switched over to using North Sails. Peter O'Flynn and James Fegan from Cork were both on the crew and it was interesting to talk to them about the new spinnaker and sailing a boat like this in general.

Very interesting comments from Peter onboard the boat:

“When you’re on a superyacht such as Perseus^3 going downwind at close to 17 knots you want your sails to do what they should do without any additional complications. Going through the first gybe with a new Kite (A-sail) the foredeck is a dangerous place and tension levels are high, you are looking up at the biggest sail in the world and any mistake can cause mayhem and injury. This is how we unfolded the new North Sails Kite on Perseus, the crisp feel and shape of the sail when hoisted gave us some encouragement. Gybe called and we fall into it fully powered up, an outside gibing manoeuvre with almost 300 feet of new sheet to take on, clearing the old sheet as the sail goes through the wind and she flips like you are on a sportsboat, a beautiful sail and a memorable moment for all 55 people on board.”

Next time you are struggling with your spinnaker and finding it hard to handle, just imagine if it was over twenty times bigger!! Then you might have a real problem.

For the full story on the building of this sail please check out the link here, It's hard not to be impressed.....

For more info about North Sails please check out the website.

From us all here at North Sails Ireland SAIL FAST

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Greeting sailors from us all here at North Sails Ireland!

Things are getting moving now - the Axiom Private Clients April League is in full swing in Kinsale, they just finished their Frank Godsell March Series and AIB DBSC Spring Chicken series just finished too. It's great to see boats out training and getting ready for a packed season ahead!

Tim Kane and George Sisk's new "WOW" has been spotted training here on Dublin Bay over the past few weekends and I was fortunate enough to join the team for two sailing sessions recently which I thought I'd share with you.

"WOW" is a Reichel / Pugh design called an "X-Treme 37". She was built in South Africa c. 2012 and is very well put together, She has a high modulus Southern Spars rig (part of NTG - North Technology Group) with lots of sails designed and manufactured by our colleagues in North Sails South Africa.

On that, it was fun sussing out the sails, getting their unique ID numbers and then linking up with Shane Elliott, Geoff Meek and Rudi Fokkens in North Sails South Africa. Using each sail's unique ID number (on the older ones it is actually handwritten onto the North Sails badge), they were able to provide us with the detailed design and manufacturing specifications of the sails and in turn, we are collating this into a little database for "WOW" so that the sail inventory can be managed over the coming seasons.

NS unique ID # 180151-01 NS unique ID # 180151-01 Photo: Maurice O'Connell/North Sails Ireland

My colleague Shane Hughes also had the sails into the service loft in February. Shane and Matthew performed the North Sails service check-up over all the sails and also changed out all the sail numbers to the new unique "WOW" orange!

'WOW' offshore mainsail with new orange sail numbers'WOW' offshore mainsail with new orange sail numbers - Photo: Maurice O'Connell/North Sails Ireland

We also re-measured the sails (to take into account any shrinkage since new) for submission on the 2022 "WOW" IRC cert.

And so, onto the sailing!

Initially, we had super-light airs and had to have all the weight to leeward to induce heel in only 2 or 3 knots of breeze. We removed all the mast shims except for the 20mm base plate, backed off the headstay 8 turns and thus set the rig up for super-light airs.

The 'WOW' team inducing heel angle in the superlight airs flying their North Sails Code 1 JibThe 'WOW' team inducing heel angle in the superlight airs flying their North Sails Code 1 Jib Photo: Maurice O'Connell/North Sails Ireland

As the breeze built to perhaps 8 knots, the boat lit up and ripped along with her North Sails Code 1 jib manufactured in Dimension Polyant Grand Prix Laminate.

'WOW' at full power in 8 knots TWS 'WOW' at full power in 8 knots TWS   Photo: Maurice O'Connell/North Sails Ireland

At only 4100kgs, she should be really fast downwind with her 140sqm kite. Upwind, as the pic shows, we were full "weight on the rail" hiking in about 8 knots TWS.

After some miles testing and tuning upwind, we then turned downwind and hoisted the practically unused A1.5 kite - what a beauty!

'W'OW' VMG running with her North Sails 'A Grade' Superkote 80 A1.5 Asymmetric'W'OW' VMG running with her North Sails 'A Grade' Superkote 80 A1.5 Asymmetric  Photo: Maurice O'Connell/North Sails Ireland

This sail was designed by our colleague Shane Elliott in North Sails South Africa and is manufactured using Contender 'A Grade' Superkote 80 fabric - quite rare! We were able to achieve beautifully deep and stable running angles in the very light Dublin Bay airs on the day.

After some gybing practice, we then headed for the harbour and beam reached across Scotsman's Bay with the luff of the A1.5 standing up beautifully with increased tack line tension.

'WOW' beam reaching with her North Sails 'A GRADE' Superkote 80 A1.5 Asymmetric'WOW' beam reaching with her North Sails 'A GRADE' Superkote 80 A1.5 Asymmetric  Photo: Maurice O'Connell/North Sails Ireland

L-R 'WOW' mainsheet trimmer Ciaran Hall, owners George Sisk and Tim Kane - pic: Maurice O'Connell / North Sails Ireland'WOW' mainsheet trimmer Ciaran Hall, owners George Sisk and Tim Kane Photo: Maurice O'Connell/North Sails Ireland

Congratulations and best wishes to George, Tim and the "WOW" team from myself, Nigel and Shane here at North Sails Ireland. It looks like you'll have a fun season ahead!

Maurice O'Connell

NORTH SAILS IRELAND

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Greetings everyone from us here at North Sails Ireland.

I was fortunate enough to get in a little "warm weather training" when I spent three days working with Irish Sailing’s performance squad at their winter training base in Lanzarote a few weeks ago. It was so inspirational to spend time in this most rarefied of elite sporting worlds again.

As part of their Olympic equipment charter, Olympic classes are obliged to review their key suppliers every two quadrennials. North Sails 3Di technology is unique in the market place and we were delighted to be chosen by the Olympic 49er / 49er FX skiff classes to be their sole upwind sail supplier. More on this 49er move here.

That's not the main point of this piece though......

I was blown away by the level of athleticism, sailing skills, professionalism and commitment of both our Irish 49er teams. The two teams (Tokyo 2020 Olympians Rob Dickson / Sean Waddilove and their training partners Seafra Guilfoyle / Johnny Durcan) are putting in monstrous days down there.

The programme is overseen in a very hands-on way by super-coach and 49er double Olympian, Matthew McGovern.

They have teamed up with current world champions Bart Lambriex and Floris Van De Werken from the Netherlands in a cohesive training group that is beneficial to both sides. The daily grind is tough, REALLY tough - as it should be. The training "blocks" are three weeks long, with a one week stint back home here in Ireland. Whilst in Ireland, the teams continue to train and attend to other aspects of their campaigns - it's certainly not a week off.

The daily routine in camp can vary of course, but a typical day may look something like this:-

  • eat - 30 mins
  • gym and recovery - 90 mins
  • technical review session - video screen and/or boat park technical work - 90 mins
  • eat - 30 mins
  • sail - 5 hours
  • eat and debrief - 45 mins
  • boat work - 60 mins
  • bike ride / short-run / cardio - 30 mins
  • eat again
  • sleep and repeat!

Whilst I was in camp, our focus was on assessing the new North Sails 3Di sail shapes, developing a new database of rig settings and tuning techniques with the objective of optimising the 3Di sails with the new carbon rigs, supplied by New Zealand manufacturer CST. Here is a video clip of Rob and Sean in one of our early sessions:

Dickson-Waddilove IRL powered by North Sails 3Di

Credit: Maurice O'Connell / North Sails Ireland

The 49er sail plan could be seen as complex. The carbon CST rig has double spreaders with three shrouds each side, all independently adjustable in mm increments. The mainsails have six full-length adjustable battens, including the "gaff" batten on the square-head main. The jibs also have threefull-length battens. The mainsail cunningham is enormously powerful, as is the jib halyard. Both have a massive effect on the mast bend and sail shape, as have the other controls (jib sheet, jib sheet clew board attachment, jib tack height, jib car inboard / outboard position and the mainsail outhaul). The 49er is almost always over-powered so it's all about developing the right "power mix" in order to optimise upwind "VMG".

We spent three long days on the water in a big Atlantic seaway, with winds steadily blowing 22 - 23 knots TWS. See my video below - just before a wave knocked the camera away - and this was before it got REALLY windy!

Dickson-Waddilove Big Wave

Credit: Matthew McGovern / Irish Sailing performance Coach

Huge respect goes to team-mates Seafra Guilfoyle and Johnny Durcan who selflessly ground it out for hours using the older mylar-based laminate sails (North Sails 3Di sails have no mylar laminate hence immense durability), whilst our main focus was on the new kit.

IRL 49er Teams - Dickson-Waddilove (L) and Guilfoyle-Durcan (R)IRL 49er Teams - Dickson-Waddilove (L) and Guilfoyle-Durcan (R)Photo: Andrew Conan

Here is a video of Seafra and Johnny blasting upwind:-

Training partners Guilfoyle-Durcan - upwind in 20+ TWS

Credit: Matthew McGovern / Irish Sailing Performance Coach

From Nigel, Shane and myself here at North Sails Ireland, our best wishes go to both teams as they head towards their first major event of the year - the Princess Sofia Trophy event in Palma - which I last raced in the Olympic Star boat in 2007!

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Design is at the heart of every sail we build at North Sails, here in Ireland we take design seriously.

From the initial consultation with our clients right through to the sail trial is all about the design.

We are so fortunate here in North Sails Ireland to work directly with Dave Lenz and his European design team. The level of expertise is unrivalled in the industry.

With a team of 60-strong, North Sails designers are innovators and opinion leaders, and their collective experience is our competitive advantage.

Episode 2 of our new podcast (below) features host Ken Read with JB Braun and Dave Lenz discussing why the North Sails design team is a force to be reckoned with.

We hope you enjoy the Podcast and we look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards from the NS Ireland Team

Nigel Young

NORTH SAILS Ireland

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Happy new year everyone!

North Sails Ireland is continuing to further push the boundaries of sail design and construction using our Helix load sharing technology.

Helix is being continuously developed and refined by our designers at the very highest levels of the sport. It is of note that 2021 TP 52 World Champion and Super Series winner "Sled" was powered 100% by North Sails.

Like all industries, there is a "trickle-down" effect and North Sails Ireland customers, as always, will benefit from this technology with our first Helix sails appearing in 2020 and 2021.

Sunfast 3200 "All or Nothing" charges upwind flying her North Sails HELIX J2 on Strangford Lough. Pic: Maurice O'Connell / North Sails IrelandSunfast 3200 "All or Nothing" charges upwind flying her North Sails HELIX J2 on Strangford Lough. Pic: Maurice O'Connell / North Sails Ireland

We have Helix load-sharing headsails, staysails and Code ZERO's in build this year for Sunfast 3600's, J109's, Cape 31's, X302's and a JPK 1030 and we cannot WAIT to see our customers in action with these sails.

On a slightly larger scale, please click here to read about Sydney Hobart line honours winner "Blackjack" and how HELIX was integral to her recent success.

For more information on HELIX and any aspect of cruising or race sails please contact your North Sails Ireland team here. We'd love to chat!

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2021 was a busy year at the North Sails Ireland service loft. With a more regular sailing schedule back in play, we had unprecedented demand and it was such a pleasure to re-connect with so many of our clients and more importantly, help keep you all on the water enjoying your sailing!

We have seen everything from Optimist sails through to Grand Prix yacht sails come through the door with some exciting projects to challenge us along the way. For myself and Matthew O’Gorman (who works with me at the service loft), it has been a super busy year, trying to balance all the service work, as well as new sails delivery and set up along with getting out on the water as often as we can!

Over last winter we helped Project manage the new J/99 ‘Snapshot’ for Mike and Richie Evans, with the boat being staged and prepped at Noonan’s Boatyard (next door to us!), so it was especially gratifying to see and help that project get off to a flying start with an overall win at Sovereign’s Cup as well as some other very notable performances throughout the season.

On the sail modification side, we were especially busy working with our clients to upgrade or re-work their sails to help either extend the usable lifespan or simply fit a modified onboard set up. We recently undertook some sail modification work for Conor Fogerty’s Beneteau Figaro 3 ‘Raw’. It was so nice to get out and test the mods with Conor before he headed off to France with the boat, to make sure all the work had gone to plan and operated as expected.

J2 with Reef point and hanks added using 3Di 5 Ply Spread filament tapes(Above and below) J2 with Reef point and hanks added using 3Di 5 Ply Spread filament tapes

We also had time to light the Figaro 3 up a little which was nice! It is always great to work with Conor and we wish him all the best in 2022 with his upcoming sailing.

With the 2022 season on the horizon, it is time to get your sails in to us for servicing, so you are ready to hit the ground running. At North Sails, we have access to specific materials and technology that are unique in the sailmaking industry. Our proprietary 3Di product range is industry-leading and requires specific materials and understanding to repair properly. So, it is important that our clients protect their investment in the world’s fastest sails by keeping them maintained with us.

We also offer a full sail cleaning service which can include special anti-fungal treatments as well as water-repellant coatings for older soft sails so get in touch with us to discuss getting your sails and/or covers cleaned up and looking good for 2022.

"Our close proximity to the Dublin clubs and marinas makes collection / drop off easy"

Our close proximity to the Dublin clubs and marinas makes collection / drop off easy, however, we have good processes in place to collect and deliver sails nationwide so no matter where you are located please get in touch.

We are standing by to discuss your specific needs and work with you on your timeline so that you are 100% ready to go in 2022 for what is sure to be another exciting year on the water!

All the best from your North Sails Ireland service team!

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North Sails is a unique sailmaker, built on a champion spirit. We make history by looking ahead and that's what sets us apart from other sailmakers.

We’re proud to introduce Loft 57, a conversational podcast (below) that opens the doors to the world’s leading sailmaker.

With host Ken Read, this series goes behind the scenes with product creators and the passionate sailors who trust us to power their adventures.

This will be a really interesting series of interviews with key North staff and industry leaders. 

All North Sails sold in Ireland are made using all of the features and systems discussed in the podcasts. 

We hope you enjoy the Podcast series!

Welcome onboard.

Nigel Young

Loft 57 with Ken Read

Advanced mathematical modelling complements the North Sails innovative spirit. In Episode 1, we talk design, simulation, and the bespoke North Design Suite with three generations of sail engineers. Michael Richelson, Marco Capitani, and Brodt Taylor all bring their unique skills to the table and help create cutting-edge products that give North Sails its signature competitive edge.

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The North Sails One Design Black Friday promotion is running this week and if you are in the market for OD sails please contact us in advance to get a quote and see what you can save!

North Sails are dominating the results in hundreds of classes worldwide as well as here in Ireland.

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The North Sails Ireland staff are all active on the International and local stage in many OD classes. This way we remain current and able to offer the very best advice on your chosen class.......

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Please do not hesitate to contact us here at North Sails Ireland for the best advice possible on all One Design Sails. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sail FAST!

Nigel Young

Dayboat at speed

Promotion valid for all Inshore One Design sails delivered in North America and Europe. Excludes OffShore and Grand Prix One Design classes. Excludes all custom sail orders. Valid for orders placed between November 25-29, 2021. Sails will ship as soon as order is complete. This offer cannot be combined with any other discount/promotion. 

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Only one week left to get the best savings on North Sails One Design products.

The North Sails One Design promotion will end on the 31st of October so please contact us before that date to secure the lowest prices.

North Sails are dominating the results in hundreds of classes Worldwide as well as here in Ireland. In the North Sails Ireland staff, we are all active on the International and local stage in many classes. This way we remain current and able to offer the very best advice on your chosen class...

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Please do not hesitate to contact us here at North Sails Ireland for the best advice possible on all One Design Sails. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sail FAST!

Nigel Young

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North Sails Ireland is operated by Loft Manager and One Design Expert Nigel Young at his Cork Harbour base at Myrtleville. The company specialities include Bend on / Bend off, Canvas, Certified Service, Sail Hardware Upgrades, Sail Inspection / Evaluation, Sail Measurement, Sail Repair, Sail Storage and Sail Washing. Working with Nigel are Maurice O'Connell, Shane Hughes and Richard Marshall.

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