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
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
Sam Woolner – Managing
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.
he can sew most things you can throw at him, be it sail, canvas or anything
Pete Handscombe –
Pete has been making Championship winning dinghy sails for
nearly 40 years for reputable Dinghy Sail Lofts including McNamara, Rowsell
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
Mark ‘Spoons’ Jenkins –
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
Mark ‘Corky’ Rhodes – Marketing,
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
Taylor – Repairs & Accessories
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.