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.
Hi Jo, hi Mark,
As I received my first Hyde Sails last week, I like to give you some information how it was. The sails arrived last Tuesday in a very robust packaging, everything looked nice and clean. After opening the package and doing a first inspection of the sails, I was very excited about what I saw. The quality of the workmanship is, to my opinion, among the best available on the market. So I had a very good feeling, when I delivered the sails on Wednesday to the client. I met Moritz, Lasse and Mika, the crew of the club owned Albin Express "lets Go" (Clubs name is "Burger Seglervereinigung") to hand over their new sails. Unfortunately, there was absolutely no wind, so we could not have an immediate test sail, but we tested the fit of the sails to the rig and the fittings and I gave some tips to improve the rig tuning, everything went well.
On Friday evening the boys went the first time out with the new sails to participate in the weekly Friday evening club race series and it was like a sensation. They went up and away and did a first place in that race with a very comfortable lead over two sister ships and a number of different other boats.
Overall the customer and I are very happy with Hyde Sails, not only the workmanship is excellent, the sails are also fast.
This first delivery was a good opportunity for me to have a reference about the quality of the product, and I am working on selling more over the autumn and winter season.
I attached some pictures, which are also intended for marketing purposes.
The panorama picture shows the lead at the windward mark over the two sister ships, the other boats of the start were even more behind.