We are an independent sail loft with a proven track record established over thirty years of operation in Sydney, Australia. We design and make durable, high performance sails for cruising and racing yachts. Every customer – whether a grand prix racer, cruising yachtie, charter fleet operator or club racer – is important to us. We guarantee you personal service and attention to detail. We keep overheads low, so sailors get the benefit of highly competitive prices. We always stay up to date with the latest sail design software, fabric materials and construction techniques.
All our sails are designed, fabricated and finished at our Taren Point loft. We recommend and use only the very best in modern sail materials, whether laminates or the latest dacrons, sourced from the world’s leading manufacturers. We bring decades of successful sail-making and racing experience to the design and construction process. We also provide repair and alterations services with quick turnarounds.
Race results provide the proof of the quality and performance of our sails. Blue water racers equipped with our sails feature regularly in the winner’s lists of many of the premier short and long ocean races and ocean racing series. Our sails are also flown by many of the top performing cruiser racers and production yachts. We have also made the sails for world, national or state champions in a diverse range of dinghy, skiff and one design or rated keelboat classes including: 18 foot skiff; VS; Skate; Lightweight Sharpie; Endeavour 24 & 26; Hood 23 and classic 8 Square Metre classes.
Our sails are found on cruising boats around the globe, on racing yachts campaigning in Asia and as far afield as the United Arab Emirates. We manufacture and service the sails for major east coast Australian charter fleets as well as export sails flown by Arabian Dhows.
Ian Short first started sailing in Sabots forty five years ago. In those early days he could be often found sailing dinghy classes out of the RYCV, Williamstown at the head of Port Phillip Bay. From sabots he progressed through racing dinghy classes to high performance skiffs. These days, most of Ian’s sailing is aboard ocean racing yachts.
Ian learnt his sail making craft with Col Anderson at the Hood loft in Melbourne. In 1979, Ian moved to Sydney to establish the Taren Point loft of Ian Short Sails south of the Captain Cook Bridge.
For the last twenty years Ian has sailed and worked with Glenn (“Hedgey”) Cooper. Ian and Glenn are both well known and respected sailors within Australian racing circles. Together, they form the nucleus of Ian Short Sails. They are ably supported by an experienced team of Australian-qualified sailmakers including Kurt Kurtis-Warner who performs the key role of sail designer and developer in the Ian Short Sails team. Kurt has worked in the marine industry for more than a decade and is one of Australia’s leading Moth and Cherub sailors.
Recently, Ed Markey has joined our team. Ed is a highly experienced sailmaker from New Zealand who has been involved in four America’s Cups – twice with Team New Zealand and with top US syndicates. Ed’s skill and experience make him an invaluable addition to the team at Ian Short Sails.