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UK Sailmakers Congratulates Ruffian 23 Bandit on National Championship Title

5th July 2021
Bandit's new designed S2 spinnaker allows her to reach and run faster
Ruffian 23 Bandit's new designed S2 spinnaker allows her to reach and run faster Credit: Afloat

UK Sailmakers Ireland congratulates Ann Kirwan and the crew of Bandit for its weekend win of the Ruffian 23 Nationals 2021 on Dublin Bay.

Taking six first places and two seconds over the three-day championship, Bandit's performance speaks for itself.

All Bandit's racing sails are the latest UK sailmakers designs, a massive upgrade in construction and design arising from years of development in the Ruffian class.

All Bandit's racing sails are the latest UK sailmakers designsAll Bandit's racing sails are the latest UK sailmakers designs

Bandit's new designed S2 spinnaker allows her to reach and run faster. This, combined with her UK Sailmakers Genoa 1 max size and new main design and excellent crewing work, gave Bandit the championship win this weekend.

Commodore Martin McCarthy of the National Yacht Club presents Bandit skipper Ann Kirwan with the Ruffian 23 National Championship trophyCommodore Martin McCarthy of the National Yacht Club presents Bandit skipper Ann Kirwan with the Ruffian 23 National Championship trophy

Contact UK Sailmakers Ireland for more details.

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UK Sailmakers Ireland brings modern professional sailmaking to Irish Sailing.​ Formerly known as McWilliam Sailmakers; the company was started 50 years ago to bring the latest technology to Irish sailors - we continue this mission today.

Under new leadership in 2018; our loft is dedicated to fulfilling the needs of all Irish sailors. ​As sailmakers, we do not just design sails for boats. We design and build sails for your boat. Our extensive and versatile product line allows us to produce sails to suit your requirements and expectations.   

​As a core loft within the UK Sailmakers Group, we are uniquely placed to draw from a worldwide pool of knowledge and experience - these ties have been recently strengthened with the return of Barry Hayes and Claire Morgan from Hong Kong. ​Barry held a key role in our primary production facility on Hong Kong Island for the past fifteen years. With their return comes a renewed focus on technology R&D on Irish waters.  

​With a wide variety of sailing conditions and an impressive pool of talent, the Irish cruiser racing fleet is the ideal testbed for new technologies.​ 

​As with all things in sailing; the secrets will be closely guarded - but for the first time in decades Irish sailors will be at the forefront of sail technology development.​

Although much has changed; some constants remain. The same great sail and customer service we have provided in the past will continue, as does our commitment and passion for growing the sport of sailing all over the country. 

Barry Hayes bhayes@uksailmakers.com

Contact Information:

UK Sailmakers Ireland

Kilnagary Business Park

Carrigaline

County Cork

P43 YR22

Republic of Ireland

Tel: +353 21 4831505

Production: +353 (86) 198 0199

Email: ireland@uksailmakers.com

Barry Hayes

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Barry Hayes, Director of UK Sails Ireland, managed the main UK Production facility for UK Sails in Hong Kong until last October and has been a sail designer with UK sails for over 15 years.

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