Key Yachting Appoints New J Boats and Grand Soleil Agent for Ireland

Key Yachting Ltd are delighted to announce that four times Olympian Mark Mansfield, has been appointed their representative in Ireland for their 4 ranges; J Boats, Grand Soleil, Nautitech Catamarans, and Tofinou

Key Yachting are the sole agents for these performance brands in the UK and Ireland, but have not had a specific Irish agent for a number of years.

Marie-Claude Heys, MD of Key Yachting said “We are really excited to have Mark join the Key Yachting family. Mark already knows and sails with many of our owners in Ireland, so is perfectly placed to assist them with any technical issues, and of course help them upgrade their boat when the time comes! Mark is a top sailor and we are hopeful that he will help to sustain the fantastic reputation that our J Boats in particular have in Ireland.”

J Boats

The premium cruiser racer range that includes the IRC top level winner J/112E, the newly launched J/99, and  the fastest growing One Design keelboat in the world, the J/70.

Grand Soleil

A very well known range of top quality Italian produced cruiser-racer and cruising yachts. Recent successes in Ireland on the racing front have come from Frank Whelan’s Grand Soleil 44, Eleuthera which has won nearly everything she has competed in,  Nieulargo, the Grand Soleil 40 Owned by Denis Murphy from Royal Cork has also been a top performer, winning both the April and Autumn leagues this year. A number of years ago, the Grand Soleil 43, Quokka ,featured on the Winning Irish Commodores Cup Team in 2010.This range combines fast easily driven hulls, with very comfortable cruising interiors.


The French premium catamaran builder which has recently introduced the Nautitech 46 Flybridge model.


An exquisite collection of handcrafted daysailers, from 7 to 16m.

About Mark Mansfield

Mark Mansfield is well known in the Irish sailing and marine market. Following 30 years working in the banking sector, he turned sailing professional/coach/consultant 5 years ago, and has had considerable success. Mark is also an agent for UK Sails Ireland.

Mark has competed in 4 Olympics, and has numerous accolades from 1720 titles, to European wins in the Star and IRC Europeans, and Irish Champion of Champions. Mark has achieved success at virtually every IRC Regatta around the UK and Ireland including the Scottish Series, UK IRC Champs, Irish IRC Champs, Spi Ouest Regatta, and Dun Laoghaire Week.

Mark is also a columnist for Afloat Magazine and has written on many performance and race orientated subjects—see

Düsseldorf Boat Show

Mark will be on the J Boats and Grand Soleil stands at the Düsseldorf Boat Show from the 18th to the 26th of January.

J Boats will be exhibiting the J/70 sportsboat, the J/99 Short Handed IRC Cruiser racer, and the J/112e Cruiser Racer, possibly the most successful IRC boat over the last number of years in Europe.

The Grand Soleil stand will feature the new Grand Soleil Long Cruise 42 Cruiser and the 48 Performance, only launched in 2019.

Tofinou are excited to welcome you onboard the stunning new 9.7m,

And finally on the Nautitech stand you can explore the 46 Flybridge.

Mark can be contacted at and by phone at 00 353 87 2506838.