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.


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.

Sir Robin finished third in the Rhum class of the Transatlantic solo race after winning a fierce battle for the final podium place!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Speaking from his Open 60 yacht Grey Power in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, he describes the finish, the welcome reception and his race overall. The finish of the race is as hard as the beat down the English Channel. You have the flat calms in the lee of the island, accompanied  ..

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Sir Robin’s Route du Rhum blog - Friday 21st

Friday, November 21, 2014

Back into third place, but can we hold it? We have had an amazing run of luck with the wind, as only late last night did we get pushed off the direct course for the north end of Guadeloupe. It means we shall have to put a couple of gybes in to get around the top, but they won't be huge ones.  ..

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Sir Robin’s Route du Rhum blog - Thursday 20th

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Congratulations to Anne Caseneuve on winning the Rhum class. A great effort and she has sailed a great race to a well deserved victory. In the meantime, back on the water, the positions between second and fourth hardly change relatively. The competition is between second and third as I th ..

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Sir Robin’s Route du Rhum - Wednesday 19th

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Another cockpit night with squalls coming through. There was one wipeout, right over on our side until I managed to get across the cockpit and let the mainsheet go and get the Autopilot back on. We had too much canvas up for anything but a very small angle right downwind just trying to stop Mur ..

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Sir Robin’s Route du Rhum blog - Tuesday 18th

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Yesterday was everything the Trade wind zone should be. The winds were steady, from a good angle, no squalls, the clouds were fluffy white cotton wool cumulus, the sea was sparkling blue, the sun shone, and we carried on crashing forward. But so has Andrea Mura at no 3, in fact he has cra ..

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Sir Robin’s Route du Rhum blog - Monday 17th

Monday, November 17, 2014

It is official. This is now a temperance ship! The heat created a high evaporation rate for spirits, so now there is no reason to dilly dally out here and all the more reason to hasten to Guadeloupe. Dropped one place, by three miles. Surprised it was not more after yesterday. Andre ..

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Sir Robin’s Route du Rhum blog - Sunday 16th

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The most frustrating time in this race since trying to beat around Ushant and finding I was tacking between 155 degrees. Once I had found out how to bypass the Fleet Broadband from demanding a User name and Password this morning, and that took three hours, a grey black cloud appeared to t ..

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Sir Robin’s Route du Rhum blog - Saturday 15th

Saturday, November 15, 2014

I gybed last night as although the other gybe was a favourable one as far as course and speed are concerned, it was leading us into lighter airs and some disturbance, so I decided to get south of it all. We are getting more squalls now, usually with rain. The wind rises and veers, usually ..

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Sir Robin’s Route du Rhum - Friday 14th

Friday, November 14, 2014

In distance only, we crossed the halfway mark yesterday after 11.5 days. Not exactly record breaking for most of the fleet as the Azores High Pressure system moved south after the big boys had passed through and has slowed us all down. The fun in the Rhum Class is that it is like th ..

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Hyde Sails to attend METS Trade show 2014 Amsterdam 18-20 November

Thursday, November 13, 2014

METS is the largest marine equipment trade show and the only international B2B exhibition for the marine industry. With 1,345 exhibitors from over 40 countries this show is key for networking and showcasing new products. Only marine professionals have entrance to METS and can go to the MET ..

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