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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 & Lapthorne

The Ratsey & Lapthorn Story The Ratsey & Lapthorn Story

The history of Ratsey & Lapthorn is synonymous with that... More


The Ratsey & Lapthorn Story

The history of Ratsey & Lapthorn is synonymous with that of yachting. The firm's 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 sailmakers 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.

The fascinating history of this highly personal business has been researched from a myriad of archive sources on both sides of the Atlantic by Dr William Collier. The first book on the history of sailmaking fills a void in our knowledge of yachting's history.It provides fascinating reading for anybody that sails or is interested in the sea.

Classic Sails is extensively illustrated with photographs and reproductions of paintings. Many images are reproduced from Ratsey and Lapthorn family albums and these are complemented with an extensive selection of period photographs from the Rosenfeld Collection and Beken of Cowes. Franco Pace's outstanding colour photographs bring the Ratsey & Lapthorn story to life.

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