2020 has been an interesting and challenging year to say the least.
Kemp Sails turned 35 years old back in August, and it was on the 19th of August 1985 Rob Kemp left his old job to set up his own company. Who thought back then 19 would be such a memorable number?
Just after lock down started, we got involved with Southampton University to help design a personal respirator for front line staff, and along with industry partners Maclaren F1 and Indo Lighting we collectively won a Design Council award: we would never have given that a thought 35 years ago.
Alongside making PPE our teams in Wareham and Gosport have been working extremely hard to build, service all the usual sails and covers to get our customers back out on the water. With some “lock down induced” damage to sails and covers on boats held in yards and marinas, it’s been a frantic few months.
September normally means a couple of weeks decampment to a park in Southampton for the boat show, and this year the BMF pulled out all the stops to organise a smaller marine showcase they called ‘BOATS 2020’. We were involved and had our “Covid safe” stand ready to open, only to have the event cancelled at the very last second!
The September period is a great time to order your new sails and covers ready for next season as cloth prices are still at this year’s rate; and as a UK manufacturer we are always keen to offer a discount to encourage an early purchase so we can secure production slots over the winter.
The number 19 has understandably had some bad press this year. For us it’s a good number, as Rob started the Kemp Sails journey on a 19th and also got married on a 19th; so this year we are going to make 19 a positive number by offering a 19% discount on all our sails and sail covers until the end of September!
Give us a call here in the loft on 01929554308 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get a quote and a great deal on new sails and sail covers.