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Hyde Sails has announced the appointment of a new loft in Galway.

The only sailmakers on Ireland's west coast, Cullen Sailmakers was established in Galway in 1984. Since then Glendy Cullen (pictured below) has established a reputation for his loft's expertise and friendly service, manufacturing and repairing sails for both modern designs as well as the more traditional side, such as the Connemara and Galway Hooker gaff rig boats.

As the business grew, it moved to new and larger premises in Ballybane Industrial Estate. Glendy Cullen explains: "This move has facilitated our expansion and allows us to operate on a more professional and customer friendly basis. The central location of this sail loft has also proved hugely beneficial as it is easily accessible from all parts of the city and county."


The tie-up with Hyde was the next logical step, enabling the loft to offer an even more comprehensive service. 'I like Hyde's sails and the quality of workmanship is very high, ' explains Glendy. "We wanted a partner to help us to increase our production resources to enable us to meeting the ever-growing demand for our services, without compromising on quality."

Shore crew sailmaker for the Volvo Ocean Race Irish Green Dragon team, Glendy worked closely with the sailors and their onboard sailmaker during the last stopover.

Hyde's Sales and Marketing Director Richard Franks commented: "We see this as a big step for the Hyde brand in Ireland. In Glendy we have a strong local sailmaker who is already offering a fantastic level of service. The partnership brings together the strength of the Hyde brand and our state of the art production facilities, and a local, hand-on loft with the skills to service the Irish market locally at a time when Galway is expanding rapidly as a sailing area. It gives us great pleasure to welcome Glendy and his team to the Hyde family.'


Published in Marine Trade

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Stories can be diverse and they can be influential, albeit some are more subtle than others in nature, while other events can be immediately felt. No more so felt, is firstly to those living along the coastal rim and rural isolated communities. Here the impact poses is increased to those directly linked with the sea, where daily lives are made from earning an income ashore and within coastal waters.

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