Banks Sails was founded because of the demand for dinghy and small keelboat sails designed by Bruce Banks and later by Ken Rose. They quickly established a reputation as an innovative supplier of top quality dinghy and small keelboat sails.
Over the years, these standards have been maintained and a great many top dinghy sailors and World and National Champions have used and helped to develop Banks Sails.
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.