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.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
14 teams were served fantastic conditions on the warmest weekend of the year so far with not a cloud in the sky either day. Fair wind strengths with decent sized shifts kept everyone on their toes and made for plenty of opportunities to gain or lose, right up to the finish line in every race. ..More Info
Friday, March 07, 2014
Making sails that are class leading in quality and competitive in price is a challenging task in today's economic climate , especially as overall sail manufacturing capacity comfortably exceeds demand. We have made a series of changes to reduce our cost and streamline our organisation to stay ah ..More Info
Thursday, November 14, 2013
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. Many of the staff in our factory have been affected and although the factory has escaped unscathed the ..More Info
Monday, November 11, 2013
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. The eye of Typhoon Haiyan passed about 100km north of Mactan island where the loft is sited adjacent to Cebu City, causi ..More Info
Friday, August 23, 2013
Hyde’s sails were in evidence at the recent Airlie Beach Race Week, Incorporating the Australian 2013 Nationals. 2013 saw the 24th edition of the annual Airlie Beach Race Week in the Whitsundays - an event that has grown each year from humble beginnings, originally conceived to pro ..More Info
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
James Thomson has been appointed as the Hyde Sails distributor for Melbourne and will service the southern states of the country. Jamie began sailing with his father at the age of 12 in 1974 and after immediate success racing the Aquanaut class in Victoria, moved to the Puffin Pacer cl ..More Info
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Hyde’s Canadian distributor, Ken Forsyth, recently sailed his Viking 28, "K-Force" in the coveted Georgian Bay Cup Race (which awards a trophy dating back to circa 1888 for the winner). Due to low water levels and efforts focused on obtaining deep-water slips this year, the Race was o ..More Info
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has joined forces with Hyde Sails to power the brand new generation of ocean racers for the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race. Continuing the successful partnership for the third consecutive race, Hyde Sails will provide a wardrobe of 11 sails for each ..More Info
Monday, July 08, 2013
Danish, Hyde Sails-powered team wins the Albin Express class in Kiel. Morten Arndal and his crew on their Albin Express DEN225 have taken the class win again at the recent Kiel Week regatta, which ran from June 22-30, 2013. With seven firsts out of 15 races, they won by an impressive margin o ..More Info
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The Royal Gibraltar Yacht Club Victory fleet has witnessed the arrival of Hyde Sails this summer – and it has been one that has been certainly noticed! Louis Triay’s ‘Viking’, and Monty Spindler/Chris Keightly-Pugh´s ‘Temptress’ switched t ..More Info
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