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UK Sailmakers Ireland Are Working Hard to Get You Out Early: "It’s Coming Up Soon and We Want You to Get the Most of Your 2024 Season. So Get Out Early!"

13th March 2024
Meridian Salona 45 IRL 4076, with XD Carbon Racing sails
Meridian Salona 45 IRL 4076, with XD Carbon Racing sails

We have had a very busy winter period getting your sails serviced, repaired and ready for 2024. Over 800kg of sails and covers sent to laundry are now back.

We were delighted to get so many sails and covers this season, way more than we have had before; we are getting everything ready for St. Patrick's Weekend so you can get out early.

As well as laundry, we have been really busy getting racing sails ready, checking their IRC, and sorting any nicks and scratches on them. Most of the racing sails are ready for the season ahead, with the last of them ready for action in early spring.

We have moved production

We have moved to a new production loft in Carrigaline, and opened up a shop in Crosshaven to better serve the needs of our customers; the new production loft is built to make and service sails.

New Plotter- Blackman & White

We have also bought a new Plotter (cutting machine to cut sails). To give us greater capability to produce sails with a modern machine. Our new machine is affectionally called Marvin2

New Plotter from Blackman and White, state-of-the-art plotter, with drag knife and pizza wheel, felt vacuum bed, aluminium and steel ridged frameNew Plotter from Blackman and White, state-of-the-art plotter, with drag knife and pizza wheel, felt vacuum bed, aluminium and steel ridged frame

Get your orders in. We still have the capacity to deliver new sails on time

We still have room for you if you want to get out early and make the most of 2024. As March is here and you're not sure the status of your sails. Or looking at your IRC cert and think it needs to be lower.

Our sail loft has been a sail service centre for over fifty years. Thousands of sails have been on our floor and it’s not often we see something we haven’t encountered before. We can spot issues before they emerge as serious problems. This will not only save you money – but also time.

No one wants their sails on our floor when they should be on your boat out sailing!


As we are the only IHC loft in Ireland, we can get your sails IRC measured and certified for the coming season. We still have room for more if you haven’t sent them in and your thinking of having a look. Now is the time.

When we receive your sails in our loft we give them a full check over. We check all luff tapes for tears, check common wear spots such as where they interact with spreaders and stanchions, check for missing telltils, and identify if there are any unknown causes for the problem which is presenting itself on the floor.

UK sailmakers Ireland are working hard to get you out early. It’s coming up soon and we want you to get the most of your 2024 season. So get out early!

While we have your sails we can re-measure them for IRC. This can lead to a nice reduction in your IRC handicap upon your revalidation for the 2020 season.


If cruising or day sailing is your thing and you put your sails away last October. There is still time to get them checked and ready for the new season. I have seen many sails still on the boom in different boat yards and yacht clubs.

One of the worst thing you can do for your sails is leave them on your boat for a prolonged period of time – even during the sailing season. If you are not going to be using your boat for a month or more then take down the sails and store them.

Exposure to the sun degrades your sails and covers – this is simply a fact of life. The UV light breaks down the fabric and especially the stitching.

During the check-up, we inspect your entire UV cover and its stitching. A quick run through a sewing machine now is much more cost-effective than replacing an entire torn UV strip after an Irish winter storm. The same goes for your covers. Deliver them all to us together for a full assessment.

1720 with XD Carbon racing sails1720 with XD Carbon racing sails


Our schedule in filling up fast after a busy season on the water. Now is the time to contact us and arrange your service. Let us ensure your sails are in top health and ready for your 2020 sailing season.

Contact Production at

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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