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Thank you again for your timely effort in delivering me top quality sails. Rest assured I will recommend you to anyone needing new sails."Gary Gould, singlehanded circumnavigator
The best part about our business is the friends we make. We have met so many incredible people thanks to our business. From time to time we like to profile one of the people that we got to know in the course of supplying a sail.
John and Gail are friends, former dock neighbors, and customers. John skippered his Nordic 44, Music, to a second place finish in the 2008 Pacific Cup, and won the team trophy. We supplied two new spinnakers for the race. In the early going Music exceeded 16 knots with our reacher. We have helped other Pac Cup boats achieve great results.
When we found out that singlehander Nick Jaffe was in need of a new genoa to complete his voyage from Europe to Australia we built and shipped him a new sail in under two weeks.
Doug and Carla are also friends, dock neighbors, and customers. We miss their company. They left Alameda as part of the 2008 Baja Ha-Ha and are enjoying themselves immensely. We built the spinnaker you see here as well as a furling self tacking staysail. Doug and Carla's Tayana 42 is named Moondance and you can follow their adventure at Following Moondance Blog
Steve owns a Catalina 38 and intitially purchased a Custom Axis Laminate (CAL) mainsail and genoa from us several years ago. Once his sails arrived he was so delighted he ordered a spinnaker. But Steve didn't stop there. We've almost lost count of how many sails we've sent to Steve. The highlight of our relationship with Steve was when we met up with him in San Francisco Bay and hired sailing photographer Tom Zinn for a photo session with Peregrine. Visit the Peregrine blog at C-38 Peregrine Sailblog
KP is a good friend that we have known for many years. Early in his sailing career KP sailed a Cal 20 from San Francisco to Hawaii. Since semi-retiring in 2001 KP has sailed his vintage Beneteau First 38, Chalupa, from San Francisco to Australia, and then to Southeast Asia where he has been based for several years.
You arrive in Fiji with your mainsail in tatters. Now what? Who are you going to call? Here's what Evan and Diane of Ceilydh did -
New sail in Fiji
Racers realize what our cruising customers have recognized for years - that they don't need an internationally advertised brand name label
to have great sails. Our latest customer success story is Randy Hough winning Banderas Bay Regatta with a set
of surprisingly affordable STS (Structural Tape Sails) that propelled him to first place in every race.
Randy Hough had competed in Banderas Bay Regatta on a few previous occasions with his Catalina 30 Bufana but never placed higher than third.
Knowing we have supplied many sailors in Mexico and know our way around the importing process, he contacted Island Planet
Sails to see how we could help him achieve his goals.
Congratulations to Randy and crew! During the regatta, Randy emailed to say:
The boat is sailing faster than ever (and) points like it never has before. We had five minutes on the second boat and covered our division the
rest of the race.
Gordon Cooke contacted us for an economical racing genoa for his J80 Quicker. After spending some time listening to his requirements, we recommended our MXL Club Race LP (Load Path) Membrane sail. This popular technology allows us to offer a Kevlar load path membrane sail for less than the cost of a tri-radial laminate. When Gordon received his new sail he sent us the first testimonial that we cannot share verbatim. The first line of his email read "(expletive deleted) AWESOME!" The rest of the email went like this:
The sail just arrived and it looks awesome. Wind at the start was too much for a #1 but on the first downwind leg it dropped to 8-10 and we switched to the new sail. We had speed and height and were able to hold our own against the 37 footer who usually does us in upwind....and (we) ended up winning by 40 seconds corrected. There is a trophy for the first race of the year and I'd like to thank you for helping us win it.
Mark Janda wanted a new #3 genoa for his C&C Redhawk. He chose our MXL Load Path technology
in Technora. Mark and crew recently completed the 2012 Chicago-Mackinac Race which was quite a feat given the extreme conditions.
After Mark had a chance to try out the new sail he emailed us the following observations:
Thanks very much for the beautiful #3 for my C&C 38. It fits perfectly and produces amazing power in 15kts and up.
Before we would carry our #2 until the rail was in the water, now we can sail flat and fast! This sail was a tremendous value.
I am more than pleased, I am delighted!