Interview with one of our Hyde Sails distributors

Friday, March 10, 2017

Hyde Sails has a vast network of distributors throughout the UK and the rest of the World. 

Today we look at the profile of Michael Ennis one of our distributors in Ireland. Michael is based in Sketrick Island, Killinchy, Ireland, where he started initially covering Northern Ireland. He has built his customer base and spread out to Donegal and Carlingford Lough and is looking to expand into the Dublin Bay area and beyond. 

Michael is sailing below in his H/H buoyancy aid.

We caught up with Michael to find out more about him:

  • How did you get into sailing?

 Sailing has always been part of my family life. Growing up sailing with my parents on our Ruffian 23 and latterly Half tonner. My father was a past winner of the Scorpion Irish and British Nationals. My first boat was a Mirror Dinghy at eleven years old, eventually we optimised it for regional racing before  I moved into Laser 2's at Sixteen eventually winning the Irish Nationals and traveller series.


  • When did you make the transition into selling sails?

 On the back of winning the Laser 2 Irish Nationals I started working as a sailmaker part time before moving to Cork for a fulltime position. I left this position to follow a career in IT before an opportunity presented itself that I  felt compelled to avail of back in 2006. The rest as they say is History.


  • Why did you choose to work as a distributor with Hyde Sails?

 I own a busy sale loft in Skettrick Island, Killinchy. I do a whole range of work: repairs to sails, making covers, repairing marquees and making awnings and gazebos. Customers were always asking me which sails would be the best for their boat from cruising to racing. I always admired the quality of the Hyde Sails product and the competitive pricing.  Early in 2009 an opportunity arose to become a distributor for Hyde. From the get go it seemed to be a good fit for both parties. Distribution has gone from strength to strength.  Finally I was able to supply a product that wants for nothing and I could stand over to my valued customers.

Contact Michael Ennis on +44 7967 111 518 or  

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