Sails have employed the 'drip down' method
of developing cruising sails; without
relying on our name alone, we strive to
develop the best. Most of our development
is at the Grand Prix end of racing sails.
This includes long-distance racing such
as the Whitbread (Volvo) Round the World
Race, the BOC Around Alone, the Vendee
Globe etc. In these races the sails must
last for extended periods in every kind
of condition the elements can muster.
It is here that we develop construction
methods, anti-chafe measures and test
the latest laminate and woven materials
available. The result of this is to the
benefit of our cruising clients, who can
enjoy the fruits of these tests in the
comforts of their own yachts.
Every sailor will find what he or she
wants from our range of cruising sails.
All our sails are built to order, so every
client's needs are taken care of. Banks
Sails has a two-year warranty against
faulty workmanship and materials. For
further details contact Debbi using
the contact form on this site.
Banks have three levels
of cruising sails:
This level is for the Northern European
coastal sailor where the sails should
be inexpensive, trustworthy, well made
and should last for decades when regularly
valeted. The cloths are all woven Dacrons
with a UV inhibitor; metalwork is either
anodised aluminium or stainless steel.
Blue Water Cruising
For those that want to extend their voyages
to intercontinental levels where degradation
by the elements is fierce, even when the
boat is moored up. We use an even higher
grade of material, usually one weight
up, with extra attention to chafe areas;
the leeches are double taped; larger corner
rings are used and leathered; UV protective
strips are in Acrylic rather than Dacron
with SeamKote seam protection as an option.
This is for the yachtsman who is more
interested in getting there quickly and
utilises all our skill as Grand Prix sailmakers
combined with our experience in long-distance
races. We use the latest laminates in
either polyester or Spectra; the sails
are all designed to Checkmate panel layouts
(full radial), but incorporate all of
the Blue Water attributes with the life
of normal cruising sails.
For our Superyacht clients, we use a base
starting point of Performance Cruising
and build on it, tailoring to the exact
needs as required.
Sails offers an exhaustive range
of racing sails designed to your
for full details
request an online quote