North Sails LOFT NEWS


From choosing the correct sail for your needs to making the most of your sails on the water our team of experts all over Australia are here to help


North Sails are committed to designing, producing, delivering and servicing the best sails in the world, no matter what your boat or style of sailing.

Within Australia, North Sails has a network of seven sales and service centers providing, coverage Australia-wide. Our sailmakers have an average of 20+ years in the industry, with experience in every size and type of boat and sails from small One Design classes such as Sabot’s to the largest Superyacht’s in the world.

Meet Some of The Australian Team

Michael Coxon

In 1978 while running his own sail loft, Michael was invited to become part of the North Sails network. He jumped at the opportunity and began work as the One Design Manager. In 1984 North Sails head office, based in the USA recognised Michael’s potential and invited him to purchase North Sails within Australia. His team has gone on to make one of the largest and most successful sailmaking operations. Over the years North has given Michael great sailing opportunities at the highest level worldwide and locally.

“I look upon each day of my career of over 40 years as a highlight. I left school to started a sailmaking apprenticeship, then owner/manager in my 20s and have enjoyed every day since, in particular helping my staff recognise their potential in our industry.”

Mark Bradford

Mark started sailmaking in 1987 and has 30 years of experience across all disciplines of the sport. Mark’s One Design background is in 125’s, 420’s, 470’s, Etchells, Star Class and Farr 40. This interest has seen him compete in 19 World Championships. He also has experience in the America’s Cup working with BMW Oracle from 2003-2007. He is currently the Skipper of Peter Harburg’s Black Jack sailing team.

Alby Pratt

Starting as an apprentice sailmaker in 1988, Alby has held almost every position within the loft: sailmaker, service manager, project manager, sales consultant and today sales manager.

“Dealing with great customers, a great group of people using the best technology everyday make working for North Sails a dream job.”

Aaron Cole

Aaron Cole is the Loft Manager in Melbourne. He is a former America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race & Audi MedCup sailmaker with 22 years experience. Aaron has a wide range of expertise in both offshore and inshore high-performance yacht racing. He’s competed in 16 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races and is highly regarded as one of Australia’s top primary trimmers. Aaron’s vast knowledge of the very latest materials and sailmaking techniques offers customers the highest level of technology and service.

If you are interested in any North Sails products, get in touch with the team!

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