If we look carefully at sails, very few are made the same way. Depending on the ship, its navigating areas, its expected sailing conditions as well as typical sailing speed, each sail has its specific features as soon as they are imagined by the master sailmakers. After cruising or racing the oceans, and undergoing repairs, each sail will display its uniqueness even more.
There are no rules regarding the life span of a sail. The amateur sailor will decide it must be replaced when the edging and the sheeting position shows signs of wear, while regatta competitors will relegate them to delivery trip sails as soon as the first major races are over. And this is true as long as no damage nor change of sponsor sends them prematurely to 727 Sailbags' workshops.
Every day we collect, via these sails, incredible stories of journeys and stopovers, storms, victories, nautical encounters…Stories of boats and of course stories of sailors. Since our creation, we have developed a sail-collection network, which includes amateur yachtsmen, partnerships with ocean racing teams, sail-lofts and boat rental centers.
We collect a little more than 700,000 sq.ft of sails per year. We receive them all in Lorient, France, in our workshop at the heart of the "Sailing Valley". Our offices were built with recycled containers and are located near to the Base of Kéroman, a former military base, fully transformed, and which now hosts a multitude of businesses related to water sports and ocean racing
The sails are unfolded, checked, then labelled and if necessary washed, in workshops near ours, with environmentally friendly products, and as little water as possible.
We then trim the sails, and carefully recover all the lines and fittings which can be given back to the sailors or be used in the making of our products. Once done, we have pieces of sails of a width equivalent to that of the reams of cloth used in the textile industry.