Our Team’s Personal Touch
Barry started in this business in 1999, when we were McWilliam sailmakers in Crosshaven, making 1720 sails with Cleo and Marcie. He’s come along way since then. After working here in Ireland for 4 years, he then went to work in the New York sail loft making sails and racing on boats up and down America’s East coast. This included small boats to big boats and touring on the Swan 45 circuit and all sorts of regattas, from Newport, to Key West and everything in between.
After 5 years in the USA, Barry moved to Hong Kong where he began as a sail designer before moving to sales, then production of the Titanium system and ultimately loft manager. The Hong Kong loft is the main production loft for the UK group. So with a large amount of staff and many different types and sizes of sails being made, his knowledge and experience really is second to none. Barry’s record on the water is equally impressive. He has raced all over the world, in offshores and one design races from Maxis to small one designs.
Barry Hayes, Owner
He will guide you through every detail, from tweaking your boat’s performance, to designing your sails specifically to your hull, and giving you the help you need to complete the IRC cert and rating.
Claire Morgan, Owner
Claire began her sail making career in 2017 but don’t let that short space of time fool you. Claire has vast sailing experience, having done the New Port to Bermuda race, as well as many others like Phuket King’s off the China coast. And she hasn’t simply participated, she’s won many a regatta aboard different boats, from A35s to Maxis. Claire’s main role in the sail loft is looking after the bag business and the all-important accounts but can be relied upon for help when we are under pressure for repairs and regattas.
Kenneth Rumball has been addicted to sailboat racing since he first sailed a topper dinghy aged 5 in Sutton dinghy club. Since then Kenneth has devoted much of his life to sailing, water sports and the professional marine industry. While expanding arguably the largest and most diverse sailing school in the British Isles, Kenneth continued to excel at international level in dinghy, keelboat and on a professional basis in offshore sailing. Presently Kenneth is a professional skipper, specialising in offshore for the last 8 years, including running Fast 40 campaigns and three seasons in the French Solo Offshore – One Design Figaro circuit.
Always inspired by the home clubs racing pedigree (with 3 members going to the Olympics in 2012), Liam some three years later hit the limelight by winning The Topper world championship in France. Progression to the Laser Radials and inclusion in the Irish Sailing Academy, just the start of Liam’s journey with world championships and more recently campaigning for the Tokyo Olympics and winning the UCD Varsities in 2022.