Banks Sails have been at the forefront
of modern sailmaking for fifty years.
The company was founded by Bruce Banks,
a brilliant helmsman and sailmaker. Our
first loft was opened in Sarisbury, Southampton,
in 1962, and remains to this day our international
Ken Rose, the internationally renowned
sail designer, joined us in 1964, and
before long developed the revolutionary
tri-radial spinnaker - the Banks Starcut.
The Starcut set a new standard and every
serious ocean racer had one in his inventory.
In 1969 we became the first sailmaker
to install a computer for sail design
- our Stantec Zebra valve computer is
now a museum piece! Ken's Checkmate design
system, which was introduced in 1983,
was the first program able to shape sails
vertically and horizontally at the same
time, making full use of the new generation
of kevlar/mylar fabrics.
Bank Sails continues to integrate the
very latest in technology with proven
craftsmanship on the loft floor. Every
sail is an individual labour of love.
In 1999 we were delighted to announce
that we were to merge with Ratsey &
Lapthorn of Cowes, Isle of Wight, thereby
forming the largest British sailmaker.
Today we have an enviable network of international
lofts and a reputation for continued excellence
in all fields of sail design, be it racing,
cruising or one design.