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New sails for classic yacht Zillaine New sails for classic yacht Zillaine

Zillaine has recently had a full suit of sails designed and cut by Ratsey... More

Ratsey & Lapthorn in the Mediterranean Ratsey & Lapthorn in the Mediterranean

R & L has a new sail loft  in Mallorca. Banks Sails and Ratsey &... More

Sails in a Classic Style Sails in a Classic Style

Ratsey & Lapthorn make classic sails in a style replicating the "Big Class"... More

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The Ratsey & Lapthorn Story The Ratsey & Lapthorn Story

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Welcome to Ratsey & Lapthorn Classic Sails

The history of Ratsey & Lapthorn is synonymous with that of yachting.  The firms first sail loft preceded the establishment of yachting and for over two hundred years the world's leading yachts have set the firm's canvas.  From its origins in Cowes and early involvement with the Royal Yacht Squadron, the firm grew to establish lofts on the British mainland and in the USA.  For a hundred years Ratsey & Lapthorn were the sail makers of choice for yachts competing for the America's Cup.  Members of the Ratsey and Lapthorn families sailed on the greatest yachts and liaised with a client base that included Kings, Emperors and tycoons.

Today, many of our sails are still measured and designed by hand using our detailed skill and knowledge to give you truly original and classic sail. Quality and attention to detail still remain to give long lasting value. Our archives are extensive; many original sail-plans are available to view at our sail loft in Cowes. So if you are looking to simply re-cut your main, or replace a full suit of sails, contact us now for a personal appraisal from Ratsey and Lapthorn on how to make your next classic sail a real investment.

“There is only one standard of work in this loft, that is the very best”

Tom W. Ratsey 1833

 

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