It’s been a busy year here at Dolphin with the expansion of our Palma loft, new team members joining us, internal promotions and opening up a new loft in Hamble! After a very successful Southampton Boat Show the Hamble loft is in at the deep end and extremely busy. The rest of the team have also had lots to do and with the changes in staff this year we’ve got a few new faces around. Why not take a look at our Meet The Team page to see who is part of team Dolphin?
Whilst Dolphin goes from strength to strength with new ideas and ventures in discussion, we’ve still been working away on the usual sails and covers and have had some great projects come through this year. Take a look at the photos of some of the best 2019 jobs and see what else we’ve been up to this year…
Dolphin’s Union Flag Kite Goes Under Tower Bridge
One of the most notable projects from 2019 was the Union Flag asymmetric that we made for Oyster Yachts. A big thanks goes to Ocean Art for the paint work — we think it looks brilliant and are sure you’ll agree! This photo was taken of the new Oyster Yacht’s ‘Pocket Superyacht’ just after it sailed under Tower Bridge earlier in the year.
Now an award winning boat -Bluewater Cruiser of the Year- we are extremely proud to have been involved in the whole project and have supplied her with a full set of sails and covers, including one of our stunning tensile awnings. Having also kitted out the second in the series, we are now working closely with Oyster on hull number three and hope to be able to share more with you in 2020!
*NEW* We Now Offer Embroidery
Late in October we took delivery of our brand new embroidery machine. After the whole team had played around with it and several of the Harwich machinists had been properly trained on it, we are now able to offer a bespoke embroidery service. Whether you want your name, initials, crew position, company name or boat logo to personalise one of our bags, we can do it. It’s a great gift idea too!
We will also be offering crew shirts in the new year — so if you need to kit out your crew with a holdall, laptop bag and polo shirts, why not get it all done together at Dolphin?
We can embroidery your own products as well as supply a range of items… Perhaps you’re a sports team or school that is in need of branded clothing, we can do that too, so get in touch!
Looking for Christmas presents? Check out our sail bag range, starting at £30!
Still Old School!
Whilst sail and cover design is moving into a much more digital production, we still like revisiting the old methods for certain projects. This year we made several sails for the West Mersea MFOB fleet and donated some prizes for their Turkey race held in November. Many winkle brigs and smacks took part despite the chilly weather!
During the summer we also made a new “whoomper” and topsail for Kismet, Richard Matthew’s classic Fife. She was raced at the Panerai Classic Regatta towards the end of the season and won one of the races! Kismet is often seen at classic events and we are pleased to be continually involved with such a beautiful yacht.
We were pleased to sponsor the Cleanwave Water Rocket at this year’s Oyster Palma Regatta, helping Oyster gain GOLD status in their effort to be ‘A Clean Regatta’!
Something we’ve been particularly keen to be involved in is the #cleanwavemovement and their pledge to reduce single use plastic and keep our oceans clean. Alongside this we have worked with other charities, through donations and raffles. The Bradwell Cruising Club recently raised £1400 by holding an auction for which one of the lots was a ‘Wash & Service’ voucher we had donated. In 2020 we hope to do more for these worthwhile causes and are always pleased if our customers and colleagues get involved!
The Harwich team really got into the festive spirit when we took part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 13th December! They even enjoyed some hot chocolate and mince pies at tea break.
Thanks to all who donated!
We will be open until lunchtime on Christmas Eve and then closed through to the 2nd January. During this time emails and phone calls may not be monitored, but we will endeavour to get back to you promptly once the offices open again in the new year.
We wish all our staff, customers and suppliers an enjoyable Christmas break and look forward to a great 2020!