With a 100-metre finishing floor, this facility specialises in superyacht sails and the One Design sails for
the Olympic program.
As for Hilary, she said, "I think every sailor sails for
the same reason when you leave the dock, you leave everything behind.
The outdoor program's offerings range from one-time introductory fun sails for
individuals, families and senior citizens to intensive week-long instructional courses that can provide graduates with American Sailing Association (ASA) certification.
"We've made more sails for
it than times we've sailed it," says Jim Grant.
The Auckland-based Doyle Stratis loft terms this new product Stratis Sail Art, which allows photo quality printing on sails for
the first time.
North Sails' 3DI has been chosen as the exclusive supplier of the new one design sails for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, following the success of 3DI taking the top five positions in the previous edition.
"Globally, Quantum Sails are vertically integrated and we make our own fabrics, custom-making sails for each client," he explains.
Despite that downturn, the major sail brands haven't been standing still with global sail making R&D on a high and plenty of new sail technologies being promoted to tempt yacht owners to splash out on a new set of sails for their pride and joy.
So, if you haven't splashed out on new sails for a few seasons, the following advice from four well-known sailmakers will give you an update on the latest top lofts have to offer, how each see the future and their own competitive advantages.
It's fair to say the blue N/S logo has become closely associated with high performance racers more so than with cruisers, but North makes sails for
yachts in all sizes and price ranges, including many cruisi ngyachts.
In another important coup for the brand, the project team behind China's first ever entry into the Volvo Ocean Race recently announced that its yacht Sanya will use Stratis sails for
the 2011-2012 event.
It's fair to say the blue N/S logo has become closely associated with racing more so than with cruising, but North makes sails for
yachts in all sizes and price ranges, including cruising yachts.
Since Doyle NZ embarked on the Stratis Membrane development project over five years ago, the company has cut over 2,000 racing and cruising sails for
It also allowed Doyle to share Fraser Sails' extensive experience in designing and building sails for
the grand prix offshore market, The Fraser Sails ream gained the opportunity to share Doyle Sailmakers' specialist experience in designing and building sails for
one design classes such as Etchells and for very large sailing superyachts.
Norths refined the process and then set up a plant in Nevada to make 3DL sails for