Welcome to Hyde Sails
Like many of the successful sail lofts in the world, Hyde Sails grew from racing and in particular racing one-design dinghies. The need to eke out small differences in performance between identical boats imposes values of quality and discipline in the manufacture of sails that are not so important in other branches of sailmaking. But the challenge of making sails of exactly the right shape, with top class materials and faultless craftsmanship permeates through all the sails we make from racing yacht to old gaffer.
Established over 40 years ago as Musto and Hyde , our famous red Flying Dutchman logo reflected Keith Musto's Olympic success in that iconic dinghy. He went on to establish his very successful clothing range while the sailmaking business spread to encompass sailmaking for all types of boat of all types and sizes. Hyde Sails have one of the biggest product ranges of any sailmaker in the world from Optimist dinghies to round the globe cruisers.
We make around 40000 sails per year from our modern ( and crucially, wholly owned ) factory in the far east. Our 235 staff are highly trained , well paid and directed from the UK where our management ,sales and R&D functions are based in two offices, one at Hamble and one at Ipswich.
We have a worldwide and increasing network of agents and distributors , whose details are on this site, enabling you to obtain personal service over much of the Globe.
We make many sails for other sailmakers and for large boat builders such as Laser and RS but our core business is making bespoke sails for individual customers.
Our sails are made out of the best materials obtained at the most competitive prices so that we are able to offer quality sails with extraordinary craftsmanship at prices that are keen but not unrealistically cheap. With sailmaking you tend to get what you pay for but there is no need to pay over the odds to get quality sails - we do not promise the cheapest sails, but we promise the best quality at the best price with the best designs and the best materials.
If those sound like the sort of sails you are looking for, whatever your type of boat, then contact us and we will be delighted to discuss your needs and provide you with a no-obligation quote.
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The total sum donated to the Typhoon appeal was presented to the staff of Hyde's sail loft in Mactan Island in the Central Philippines on Friday 13th by Nigel Grogan, Hyde Sails Managing Director. The money, donated by customers, suppliers and well wishers exceeded £12k and will be spent on rebuilding the lives and homes of some 20-30 staff members who have lost family members, homes and all their possessions. Read On
We are all absolutely staggered by the devastation caused by the Typhoon in northern Cebu and Leyte and the stream of images and news on the TV stations seems to be more worrying everyday. Read On
Following just a few weeks after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake centred on the nearby island of Bohol, the Hyde loft and staff in Cebu experienced another natural disaster. Read On
The Squib class voted at the AGM to examine options for changing the sailcloth and looking at the rules that specify how the sails are made so as to try to increase the competitive life of the sails and also to possibly broaden the appeal of the class to offset a concern over declining numbers at events