At Exe Sails & Covers, we believe in the personal touch, that when you are buying a sail, not only is it important to talk to the sailmaker who will do the work, but that your needs are met and your opinions taken on board.
Drawing together a wealth of knowledge from over 100 years in the marine industry, there’s not much we haven’t seen before and we believe that friendly customer service and delivering a strong product that we can be proud of, are most important.
During the summer of 2013, we decided that to be able to offer the best service and as broad a range of products as possible, it was necessary to merge together and form a new business. Building on the skills and knowledge that Sam, Chris and Pete have built up over many years in sailmaking and the marine industry, as well as the passion we have for sailing, our team are offering and delivering new services and products within and outside the marine industry.
Sam Woolner – Managing Director
Sam joined Chris in October 2012, learning from Chris and using his guidance to set up the business. He has come from a strong sailing background of 20+ years in both dinghies and yachts of a wide range of sizes and specifications.
A passionate dinghy sailor, Sam can often be seen sailing his Hornet at Starcross Yacht Club as well as sailing anything else he can get his hands on. Sam spent 3 years working for Bainbridge International who are one of the largest sailcloth manufacturers globally, so has a wealth of knowledge of sailcloth, hardware and marine canvas products.
Additionally he can sew most things you can throw at him, be it sail, canvas or anything else.
Pete Handscombe – Sailmaker
Pete has been making Championship winning dinghy sails for nearly 40 years for reputable Dinghy Sail Lofts including McNamara, Rowsell and Relling.
Since joining Exe Sails in January 2014, Pete has been working hard on new designs to great success and he has a passion like no other for making sails. He’s at his happiest in the pit, making a sail, with a coffee and someone to talk to.
As well as making our dinghy sails, Pete is the spinnaker repair wizard and will repair just about anything he can sew, all with a smile!
Mark ‘Spoons’ Jenkins – Sailmaker
Spoons brings a wealth of knowledge and experience within his nearly 30 years sailmaking career and he is still going…..
A well known name and a stunning track record in the sailmaking industry. Being based within the South West of the UK for over 20 years throughout his career, Spoons can be found working hard in the loft or out on the waters in Devon where he actively still races.
Designing and making Championship winning Int 14, 18ft Skiff sails through to Axe 1 Designs and Beer Lugger sails, if you need something done, you know where to come.
Spoons has made his name and honed his skills whilst working for companies such as RMW, Quay, Wilkinsons, OSEN & Rowsell Sails.
Mark ‘Corky’ Rhodes – Marketing, Branding & Coach
A world class coach working with grass level roots sailors all the way up to Olympians. Combining his extension sailing knowledge alongside his Level 3 personal trainer qualification and execute business acumen, Corky has brought new drive, further depth of knowledge and opened new business to Exe Sails and Covers.
For further information of the coaching Corky provides check out www.corkercoaching.com or pop in to the loft and see how a tailor made bespoke programme could boost your performance.
Ned Taylor – Repairs & Accessories
Ned joined us in November 2016
Coming from a background as a pro Kitesurfer, coach and kite repairer, Ned is at home both behind the sewing machine and on the water.