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Autumn Season Discount from UK Sailmakers

1st September 2023

It has been a busy summer here in UK Sailmakers Ireland with Dun Laoghaire regatta and other regattas. We are pleased to report that we were up to the challenge of getting sails made and ready on time despite the obstacles posed by worldwide supply chain issues.

Luckily for our customers, we make many of our sails locally, right here in Crosshaven, so our customers were able to receive their new sails in time for their regattas. That’s not a claim every sailmaker can make.

First 34.7 Black Velvet IRL 3471 with her A2 and Titanium mainsail competing at Calves Week RegattaFirst 34.7 Black Velvet IRL 3471 with her A2 and Titanium mainsail competing at Calves Week Regatta

From 1720 spinnakers to Howth 17s and Mermaid sails, we have also started making Shannon one design sails, which are proving their worth on the race course. This is the level of professional customer service sailors have come to expect from UK Sailmakers, and that’s a responsibility we take seriously.

Having the ability to design and produce sails in Ireland is a key feature of our loft. With the resident sailmaking know-how right here, sailors can discuss their new sails face-to-face with the sailmakers who will be building them. That is a rare and very special part of what makes UK Sailmakers Ireland stand out in the marketplace.

David Dickson coming around the leeward mark in the Lough Ree Regatta David Dickson coming around the leeward mark in the Lough Ree Regatta 

Although we make many of our own sails, some are made at the UK Sailmakers loft in Hong Kong. With supply chain issues not expected to ease up in the near future and with an early Chinese New Year expected to disrupt deliveries further, we are advising our customers to talk to us now about new sail requests so we can meet delivery expectations.

As autumn draws to a close, our Winter Discount programme kicks in from September 1st until December 1st, giving you time to inspect your sails one last time and see what’s needed for the new season starting in March.

Get in early, get out early, and sail with confidence.

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

Contact Information:

UK Sailmakers Ireland

Kilnagary Business Park


County Cork

P43 YR22

Republic of Ireland

Tel: +353 21 4831505

Production: +353 (86) 198 0199


Barry Hayes

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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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