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MacDiarmid Sails - Company History

MacDiarmid Sails was established in 1983 by Ian MacDiarmid. The compay was built on the back of Ian's results in the major one design keel boats around the world and soon established itself as one of the leading lofts in Australia being one of the first to fully embrace the computer aided design and cutting technology in the mid 80's. It was this technology that led Ian into the world of designing skiff sails and along with Julian Bethwaite and Andrew Buckland, MacDiarmid Sails was instrumental in the development of the asymetrical spinnaker and "automatic" flexable tip rigs. MacDiarmid Sails dominated the 18 foot skiff scene for nearly a decade and still now has a large involvment with skiff classes around the country.


Through all the skiff development, MacDiarmid Sails association with the one design keel boat classes continued and the sails excelled, this led to a more active involvment with many successful club and ocean racing keel boats which has now become the mainstay of the business. MacDiamrid Sails were also chosen to power sever solo around the world racers where fast sails with uncompromised durability are mandatory requirements.

MacDiarmid Sails has also been active in the junior and senior dinghy classes with it's designs winning many championships in a wide range of classes.

Today MacDiarmid Sails still supplies sails to a wide market, from Sabot's to ocean racers, club racers to Olympians. A major part of the business is the OEM supplied sails for one design classes around the world. International classes like the the 29er, 49er and Tasar all rely on MacDiarmid Sails to supply high quality sails to exact standards.

The staff at MacDiarmid Sails are all avid sailors and each has the own specialty. They have all been trained in house to our high standards and are availabel to professionally assist a customer with whatever their needs may be.

From Sabot's to ocean racers, juniors to Olympians, MacDiarmid Sails has the technology, expertise and experience to help.

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