Highwater Sails has been at the cutting edge of sail making in the southwest of England since 2015. Our dedicated team of sailors and professional sailmakers pride themselves on delivering high quality, fast and durable sails to all of our customers. Based in Plymouth, a city with a long and proud history in the sport, we work closely with local clubs and sailing groups to help support local events, our entire staff is often found teaching the youth of tomorrow to sail in their spare time. Any visit to our loft will demonstrate exactly how much our team lives and breathes sailing and water sports. Our passion is boats and we are excited by every new project and challenge.
Andy Sinclair – Director and Sailmaker
Growing up in the Solent allowed Andy to start sailing and sailmaking from a young age. From learning all there is to know about boats with his yacht broker Dad and the local yacht surveyor, to then having work experience with Technique Voile in St Malo – which then secured his sailmaking pathway. He followed on to Grant Piggott Sails in Warsash where he learnt the foundations, before honing his skills working full time at North Sails. After completing a degree in 3D Design at Plymouth University, during which he was able to work at Ullman Sails he then set up Highwater Sails. During all this Andy has had many sailing highlights from the ARC Transatlantic Race, to AC45’s in the Youth America’s Cup, Youth and Junior Catamaran National Champion and IRC National Champion to name a few!
Dan Drew – Office Manager
Dan has a diverse background ranging from his degree in Geology to jobs in Sales and Business Development. Having sailed since he was a child, Dan is an extremely keen sailor with experience racing both yachts and dinghies. He’s most happy whilst offshore doing events such as Fastnet and Round Ireland. His main role with us is our Sales and Marketing Manager but he can often be found helping out on the floor, fitting sails and helping customers, all whilst keeping the office running!
Aaron Kirby – Apprentice Sailmaker
Aaron officially joined the team as an apprentice in early 2017 but has been a willing volunteer as often as his full-time education would allow. Aaron already knew a great deal about sailing and since becoming part of the Highwater family, has become a gifted young sailmaker with Andy as his mentor.
Hannah Hayward – Textile Designer
Hannah is our resident magician; she deals with all things non-sails. From crew gear to lampshades, bunk cushions to rudder bags Hannah can do it all, and does on a regular basis. Hannah has been sailing for as long as she can remember and knows boats inside and out. She is a bowman on a J24 and a regular safety boat driver for the local dinghy racing and RWYC training program for young sailors.
Matt Reeves – Sailmaker and Covermaker
Joining the Highwater team in October 2018, Matt, a Plymouth local, knows the waters well and is always keen to get out on whatever he can get his hands on. With a diverse experience from working with several different lofts and 2 years in Qatar teaching sailing and acting as the in-house sail and boat repairer, he brings a valuable skill set to the team.