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UK Sailmakers Ireland Dublin Bay Sailing Club Training Day

11th May 2023
A fleet start at the UK Sailmakers Ireland Dublin Bay Sailing Club Training Day
A fleet start at the UK Sailmakers Ireland Dublin Bay Sailing Club Training Day

Earlier this month, we ran a successful training day in Dun Laoghaire for all cruiser racers leading up to the busy Dublin Bay Sailing Club season. Kenny Rumball from the Offshore Racing Academy was on hand to coach along with Barry Hayes and Liam Glynn of UK Sailmakers Ireland.

The day was a great success in challenging conditions making it all the more worthwhile for the sailors and, indeed, the great team on board the committee boat. The race committee led by the diligent Michael Tyrrell dealt with wind from the North, South, East and West which changed direction every 5 minutes…. When the rain came in hard, and with a 1500 kick-off looming on a certain Heineken Cup Match, it was time to head for home!

Nick Holman gets set up for the start of Race 2 of the UK Sailmakers Ireland Dublin Bay Sailing Club Training DayNick Holman gets set up for the start of Race 2 of the UK Sailmakers Ireland Dublin Bay Sailing Club Training Day

Michael Tyrrell got the mixed large fleet of everything from First 21.7 up to Cruisers 1 of boats off all sizes and classes in one of 3 starts. With 180-degree wind shifts the DBSC race committee were well under pressure to get us away, with Michael keeping on top of it all.

The classes were treated to light windward-leeward courses starting off slowly and getting on-the-water advice from Liam, Kenny and Barry. With video and drones in action for the debrief after sailing.

Retiring to the wet bar of the Royal Irish Yacht Club with glasses charged and sandwiches in order, the video and drone footage was put to good use and picked apart to see where every boat could improve. This was a constructive session with everyone working together! We need more of this in sailing!

Steve Hayes's First 34.7 Black Magic getting his team set up for the season at the UK Sailmakers Ireland Dublin Bay Sailing Club Training DaySteve Hayes's First 34.7 Black Magic getting his team set up for the season at the UK Sailmakers Ireland Dublin Bay Sailing Club Training Day

Feedback from all participants was that of the worthiness of getting out training ahead of the season. It’s no surprise that those boats out training with us were at the top of the results board after the first few days of the DBSC season!

From a wide range of boats racing in both sizes and differing skill levels, we were able to assist everyone on the course and get a wide range of technical issues, which we were able to iron out in the Debrief after sailing.

Rowan Fogerty's First 211 Ventuno at the UK Sailmakers Ireland Dublin Bay Sailing Club Training DayRowan Fogerty's First 211 Ventuno at the UK Sailmakers Ireland Dublin Bay Sailing Club Training Day

Below is a youtube video from the day:



We look forward to working with DBSC to do more training days for their members to improve the racing in Dublin Bay.

UK Sails Summer

About the Loft

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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