Thursday, June 07, 2012
With 38 years’ experience of providing sails for the local area, R.&J. Sails further strengthens the presence of the Hyde brand in the UK.
R.& J. Sails was started in 1974 and has experience in a wide range of sails, from making high performance World Championship land yacht sails to traditional sails exhibited in museums.
Dick Hannaford, founder of R.& J. Sails, said: “We offer the full range of sail making services, including covers, servicing and repairs, and we are noted for providing a personal service.”
Recently, Matthew Pedlow joined the team, Matthew, now in his early 30s, served an apprenticeship in Sydney, where he sailed in a variety of dinghies including the J24 keelboat. After joining a multi-national loft, he worked in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Matthew has a wealth of experience, making sails for all types of boats, from dinghies to very large offshore racers. He currently races Flying Fifteens at Chew Valley Sailing Club.
Dick and Matthew explained the decision to join the Hyde team: “Over the past few years, the size of boat has increased, consequently they require specialist sailmaking facilities. While we looked at a number of possibilities to accommodate these changes, we quickly realised that becoming a distributor was the sensible solution. After carefully considering a number of options, we decided that we would join the Hyde team. Not only have they got an international reputation and support system, but have been at the forefront of UK sailmaking since they were established in the 1960s.”
He added: “As Hyde’s local distributor we can offer customers the full range of their sails. We are always prepared to give personal advice, and if required, to measure and fit the sails, as well as providing full aftercare to Hyde’s high standards.”
The appointment is all part of the growth of Hyde’s local network in the UK. To find out more about Hyde Sails in Bristol contact:
+44 (0) 1275 343585
Unit 2 ( The Loft ), New Road 42A, Kenn Road Clevedon North Somerset BS21 6EW