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About Us
Supa Sails may be a new name on the South African sailing scene but at the helm of the company is the well known South African sailor and sail maker, Rob de Vlieg. Rob started his sail making career in Durban, then moved up to Johannesburg to open the Musto and Hyde loft in 1974. This later became the well known Hyde loft, a name that Rob dropped recently to start the Supa Sails label. During an illustrious sailing and sail making career which saw Rob becoming a double Springbok and Yachtsman of the Year , and with sails designed by Rob winning countless National titles as well as 2 World Championship titles, Rob has seen many changes in the development of sails and sailing classes as well as changes in world markets. This has led to our market shifting from the traditional Dinghy Racing classes in which Rob was so very active, to the Racing Keelboat classes, and our markets shifting out of South Africa and into Europe. Currently the company manufactures sails for various sail makers in Europe in countries such as England, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Holland. These cover Dinghy classes like Optimists, 505, Flying Dutchman, and Keelboats up to 27 metre. In terms of Cloth suppliers we only deal with the best, namely Contender Sailcloth in Holland and Dimension Polyant in Germany.