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Eight Bells for Dan Winters

We are sad to report the recent passing of Dan Winters. Dan, along with his wife Sam and son Bret joined the Neil Pryde group of yacht sail agents in the late 1980's. For those of you that didn't know, Dan Winters Sailmakers were based in Hampton, Virginia and serviced the southern Chesapeake Bay for over 40 years. Not only was Dan a talented sailmaker, but he was also honored for being a leading coach for collegiate sailing for many years. see link below:

Neil Pryde Sails on Southern Cross

scampNeil Pryde has worked closely with Howard Rice on his newest boat the Southern Cross and his latest voyage through southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego on a 12'/3.6m boat! You can follow this amazing adventure/voyage on Howard's blog:

The boat is the Scamp sailboat; plans and details for this home build boat can be found through our friends at:

The Scamp as normally configured has a single lug sail but for this voyage Howard has gone to a split rig or Gaff Yawl. This will give him much more flexibility in sail trim for balance and safety. We tailored the sails for the new rig design and built them in a rugged 6oz tanbark colored dacron.

As you would expect, the finishing of the sails was also on the rugged side with extra heavy threads and additional reinforcements throughout the sail. The tanbark is easy on the eyes when on the sea for long periods and we think looks great with the color scheme of the Southern Cross.

We wish Howard all the best and look forward to following the adventure.

Neil Pryde Sails at J-24 Nationals

j24Jim Reichel our agent in Long Island checked in at the J-24 nationals, chartered an old boat and sailed it for the first time.

Learned a ton and beat all the 'local' boys.

Our new genoa was built right within ounces of the class minimum and had our new center release buckle hanks (no catching up the spinn sheets) and scored a lot of points on fit and finish. Well done Jim!

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