North Sails LOFT NEWS

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


Reflecting On Another Great Year

Scottish Series, Tarbert 1st RC 35 Chimaera Andrew Craig 📸 Brendan Fogarty

2019 was a jam-packed and action-filled racing season for North Sails Ireland. Our team of Nigel Young, Shane Hughes, Richard Marshall and Maurice O’Connell (yours truly) were on the water around the country from the first day of the Spring Series in February to the last day of the Winter Series last weekend. Richard kept our customers going delivering our overnight service at the major events during the summer.

We also competed internationally at numerous events abroad which helps us “stay current” with the trends and thinking with our North Sails colleagues from around the world. Maurice even managed to fit in some TV studio punditry at the Star Sailors League finals in Nassau in the Bahamas. Someone’s got to do it!

Our customers have once again delivered an amazing set of results with numerous championship, regatta and series victories. Here is what they had to say:

“This year has been an amazing year for us winning the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race, ICRAs, Calves Week and now the ISORA series. Kieran Tarbett, our helmsman loves our new 3Di Code 1 and Code 2 jibs! Our original 2016 3DL offshore mainsail that we use for ISORA continues to perform really well and of course, our “Leinster” A3 reaching kite is such a great sail. Massive thanks to the North Sails Ireland team for helping us achieve such success” – Paul O’Higgins, JPK 1080 Rockabil VI – ICRA, ISORA and Calves Week Champions.

“North Sails have been powering Joker II since 2007. They just keep getting better and better and I have no doubt their latest 3Di Raw headsails have been a big factor in our success this year in the ICRA’s, Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and now the J109 Nationals. A big Thank You to Prof and the North Sails team for your fantastic support.” – John Maybury, J109 Joker II – ICRA, Volvo Dun Laoghaire Week and J109 National Champions

“The new North sails contributed to the improvements that were required to deliver a very successful racing season. The 3Di Nordac sails and the new spinnaker were designed and optimised using an impressive computer based design system, they gave the boat the power required to perform well in all conditions. Hands on setup of the new sails and practical trimming advice enhanced the experience.” – Denis Byrne, Trapper TS250 Cracker – RCYC Club Boat Of The Year.

“I’ve regretted buying from others but never regretted buying a North sail.” – Joe Carton Dehler 34 Voyager, Howth Yacht Club

Thank you to all our customers – you have all been fantastic and look at these results!

Sail FAST, Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all afloat in 2020.

Horgans Quay October League Jump Juice at speed!
Darragh McCormack Mermaid National Champion 2018 & 2019
Denis Byrne and Cracker flying her 3Di Nordac sails
Paul O’Higgins’ Rockabill Vl  📸

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Story Contributors

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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...

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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...

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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...