North Sails LOFT NEWS

Story Contributors: Nigel Young, Shane Hughes, Maurice O’Connell


The team at North Sails Ireland were out amongst the action last weekend, sailing with customers and making sure they were happy with their new sails

The North Sails Ireland team of Nigel Young, Maurice “Prof” O’Connell and Shane Hughes did the treble over the weekend, each of them winning races with clients on the Irish Sea, Howth and Kinsale.

Shane Hughes was a part of Frank Whelan’s ISORA winning team on Eluethera, taking victory overall and in Division 0. Shane was trialling a new North Sails 3Di Code 2 jib that day and the boat flew upwind.

Eluethera with North Sails Ireland’s Shane Hughes trimming

Nigel Young raced on Mike Evans’ half tonner The Big Picture on Saturday. Nigel was trialling a new 3Di mainsail, Code 2 jib and SuperLite Code S1.5 spi and took a 2nd and 3rd in their class.

The Big Picture Flying Her New 3Di Sails

Prof was on the water in Howth also providing coaching support from the RIB.

Prof’s HYC coaching movie is below:

On Sunday, both Prof and Nigel were racing in Kinsale YC’s April Series.

In owner Conor Phelan’s absence, Prof steered Jump Juice to victory in Race 1 but a headfoil problem dropped the team down the standings in Race 2.

Jump Juice steered by Maurice O’Connell in KYC April League

Nigel was racing aboard Denis Murphy’s Grand Soleil 40 Neulargo and they pounced on the Jump Juice headfoil issue to win race 2, following up on their 2nd in race 1. The picture below shows Neulargo flying her new North Sails 3Di Endurance mainsail and Sk75 S2 kite.

Neulargo with North Sails Ireland’s Nigel Young aboard

All in all, a great weekend for North Sails Ireland and their customers.

Story Contributors

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Nigel Young

Loft Manager, One Design Expert — Myrtleville, Ireland

Nigel started Sailmaking in 1981 in Cowes on the IOW. In 1990, he ran HOOD Sails OD production in Lymington. In 1995, he joined North Sails, as part of the North-Diamond Sails merger. Nigel ran North Sails OD in the...

North Sails Team Out Amongst the Action headshot
Shane Hughes

Sail Expert, Service Manager — Myrtleville, Ireland Wicklow, Ireland

Shane Hughes joined the North Sails Ireland team in January 2017, working alongside founder Nigel Young in Crosshaven and Prof O’Connell in Dublin. Since Young started the business in 2004, North Sails Ireland has grown into a major force in...

North Sails Team Out Amongst the Action headshot
Maurice O’Connell

One Design Expert, Sail Expert — Myrtleville, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland Maurice "Prof" O'Connell is a man of many talents who can be found helming an Offshore Race Boat in the RORC Caribbean 600 or sailing a Mirror Dinghy in Cork Harbor with his children. “Prof” as he is...