Steve Moatt : Founder and Owner of Moatt sails.
Steve founded Moatt sails in his shed in 2006 and quickly expanded into a workshop in Chiswell on Portland. Is wasn’t long before the company had outgrown the workshop and Steve purchased a purpose built unit close to the Olympic sailing venue. By 2011 Moatt sails had moved into their second purpose built unit close to Portland Marina and the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy.
Steve is also a keen cyclist and having cycled around Iceland to raise money for Cancer Research in May 2017, Steve set his sights on a new adventure and during 2019, competed in the Tour Divide a 2,745 miles unsupported race from Canada to Mexico.
Steve is currently raising money to build a school in Madagascar
Richard Bowers : Sail designer and maker.
Richard joined Moatt sails in 2017 after a time as a civil servant (don’t ask) and is concerntrating on building up the sailmaking side of our business.
His previous involvment in the marine industry ranges from Holiday jobs helping in boat builders, through a Yacht and Boat design course to sailmaking. He first made sails in 1983 with his brother Adam at Blue Peter sails in Weymouth. Over the years Richard has worked for various lofts including Neil Pryde in Hong Kong, Sobstad, North, Hot wave /Scanro, Relling one design.
Currently relishing the opportunity to re-live a bit of his past by making sails again Richard is making cruising and yacht racing sails and is expanding the dinghy racing side of our business. Currently making race winning sails for International canoe, Scorpion, Osprey and, Richard is beginning to work on our Sonata, Fireball, Phantom, Flying Fifteen, Seafly and Merling Rocket sail designs.
Richard’s sailing CV includes:
- Sonata National Champion 1985
- South China Sea race 1987
- Double handed around Britain and Ireland 1989
- J24 National Chamapion 1996
- Scorpion European champion 1997, 1999
- International Canoe Veteran champion 2017