Performance evolution

30 years of yacht sail evolution

Give us a few minutes of your time and we’ll give you thirty years of ours.

When 8-year-old Rodney Keenan first dragged a dinghy off his friends neighbour’s front lawn to go sailing for the first time in Auckland New Zealand, he didn’t know it was the start of a journey to develop the highest performing yacht sails in the world. But that was more than thirty years ago.

Rodney learned early the power of customisation in yacht sail making by hand. After leaving school he began learning everything about sail design, from building and fitting to testing it out on the water. There weren’t any plotters or computers back then, just a pair of simple scissors, it was the best way to learn. 

Since then Rodney has sailed over 150,000 ocean miles on all types of yacht including a long and varied history of highly competitive performance sailing, ranging from record breaking multi-hulls to round the world challenges and America’s Cup teams. He has 17 Rolex Sydney Hobarts under his belt, plus Fastnet, Transpacs and a host of other major offshore races.

The Evolution team knows you need a team effort and customised yacht sails to win.

So when the Evolution team started making yacht sails, they combined their extensive sailing experience to make the kind of ultra-responsive sails with which they enjoy sailing. We believe sails should fit perfectly, be made from the best materials and the best design.

Evolution Sails has gone to great lengths to innovate and use the finest materials available to us. We also developed one of the most modern yacht sail membrane facilities – EM2. We’re proud to make the finest quality membrane sails money can buy.

That’s why 45 other yacht sail making companies all over the globe rely on our New Zealand made EM2 membrane sail blanks to make their sails. We’re now pioneering natural fibers, insanely durable skins and membrane sails that make traditional cruising sails a thing of the past.

We put all our experience and expertise into everything we make.

In the ‘city of sails’ – Auckland, you don’t have to go far to find talent. There are world class sailors everywhere. We’ve employed the best sail makers we could find to deliver unbeatable service. This has led on to a global collaborative network of designers and experts all over the world. If something isn’t optimal, they experiment and redesign it until it is. As a result, Evolution Sails has been responsible for some of the most successful results over the last decade.

From Queensland to Quebec and Mallorca to Maryland, there aren’t many corners of the world you won’t find a presence of Evolution Sails with more than 17 lofts, plus 45 sailmaker partnership networks and growing.

To learn what we can do for you, look at what we’ve done. 

Maybe your goals include cruising the Mediterranean, winning Sydney/Hobart or IRC Nationals, Bucket Racing, Sports boat competitions, or just getting out on that weekday night race with your friends.

Whatever you have planned, we’d love to use our world beating experience to help you race faster, cruise farther and have more fun. That’s why we listen to you to find out your specific needs to customise the perfect sails for your yacht.

Our ethos is simple: We believe high performance stems from doing the best we can, using the best materials, with the best service and the best design.

Because we think that’s the right thing to do.