North Sails LOFT NEWS
NEW SALES EXPERT IN SYDNEY
North Sails would like to welcome Andrew “Halfie” Parkes.
A sailmaker by trade, Halfie started his apprenticeship with Elvstrom Sails in 1980 and still considers meeting the great Paul Elvstrom as a major highlight. When Mike Fletcher went onto full time coaching, he sold his one design and dinghy designs to Bob Fraser and Halfie finished his apprenticeship at Fraser Sails. He worked there for almost 17 years as a sailmaker, production manager and salesman. He left sailmaking and started selling yachts in 2000.
Over the years Halfie has sailed and raced on all types of boats, from club racing on Sydney Harbour to America’s Cup campaigns. Representing Australia, Japan, Germany and China at many events like Admirals Cup, Kenwood Cup, Sardinia Cup, Southern Cross Cup, Kings Cup and 9 Hobart races, he’s sailed in most places around the world. Winning numerous Australian and state championships over the years, he brings a wealth of experience to share with new and existing clients.
“I’m excited to join North Sails and be part of a world-renowned company. Having seen so much evolution in sails, materials and technology over the years, I can appreciate how much better the current products are. I’ve been approached by other lofts to join them, but none felt like the right fit for me.
No matter what type of sailing you’re doing, North Sails have a product to suit your requirements. We speak to our clients, ask them what they want to achieve and then recommend the right sail. Combined with our sales and support staff, we also offer the best possible after sales support.
I look forward to sailing with North Sails clients on Sydney Harbour and my old clients from the past. “