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North Sails welcomes Binks Marine to provide trusted service to clients in Somerton Park
North Sails is pleased to welcome Binks Marine in Somerton Park, Southern Australia, as an agent for North Sails. North Sails is presently celebrating 60 years of sailmaking, and Binks is not far from the same mark, having serviced the local market since the early 1960s. Today Binks operates under the stewardship of Sandy Higgins, who comes from one of those families that is always around boats.
“I got started sailing at about five years of age and went through the typical Junior Classes. 420’s were the main thing, and I won the 1998 Australian Championship at the helm. My brothers are sailors as well, so we had good, mostly friendly competition and that really helped me along the way. They still sail too, as do all of our kids!”
Higgins has since moved on to sailing 505s when the time permits, and has earned six national titles over the years. He also enjoys sailing Sharpies, big boats and One Design boats like the Farr 40. He joined David Urry for the 2005 World Championship in Sydney as tactician.
“Binks Marine has always been a North Sails loft, even in the 70s. Now as a strictly service loft, we were happy to partner with North and become part of the largest service network worldwide. It means we can increase our support for big boats while growing on the dinghy side of things, which is great given our background. South Australia has a large cruising market as well and we are happy to continue our support in that arena as well.”
The local knowledge and experience of Binks Marine will pair well with the bank of knowledge, support and technology within North Sails. Higgins concluded,
“As the premier outfit in the South Australian scene, our staff can support your sailing from dinghies to 50-footers with terrific products from North Sails, as well as chandlery and rigging solutions.”