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Hammy Baker Joins UK Sailmakers in Northern Ireland

29th March 2024
Andrew "Hammy' Baker has joined the UK Sailmakers Ireland team in Northern Ireland

UK Sailmakers Ireland is delighted to have Andrew "Hammy' Baker join our team in NI.

Hammy has tons of experience and is well-known locally.

Andrew grew up on Strangford Lough sailing in a family cruiser and as part of the Topper RYANI Junior and Youth Squads. He also campaigned in Lasers and competed in the World Championships.

He won the British IRC National Championships on JPK 1010 Straight Dealer and was selected as part of the Artemis Offshore Team to race in the Figaro fleet. Based in France, doing two seasons of the Figaro Circuit, including two Solitaire du Figaro.

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He then moved to Southampton and Raced/worked on the Artemis IMOCA 60, aiming to race in the TJV and then on to Vendee.

Andrew then sailed for a few years in the Mediterranean and Caribbean circuits on a Farr115 Sojana and several yachts, such as Rambler 88 and CQS.

He has earned multiple National Championship titles and event wins over the years in SB20s, RS Aero and Flying Fifteens.

He is now working full-time as the Performance Manager for RYA Northern Ireland and sailing various classes, including skippering a new JPK 1030 to be based in Dublin for the 2024 ISORA season.

As you can see from Andrew's experience, he is well-equipped to take on the role in NI. If you have sails that need repair service or need new sails, just contact Hammy

Hammy will be happy to help you.

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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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