From England to Malaysia to SF and back in 40 years.
Dear Mafia Team,
Firstly I would like to thank you for making such a great job of my friends sail. It turns out there was significant sentimental attachment to the sail, so to have a nicely made and practical bag exchanged for it was a great joy for him.
The story of the sail seems quite unique, but perhaps is not so considering the affection that boats are often held in.
In the late 1960s my friend's father, then a young lecturer at Kuala Lumpur university, ordered one of a pair of Alan Buchanan Halcyon 23s to be sent to Malaysia. As the first production fibreglass boat, this was seen as an ideal craft for the tropics and proved well-suited to coastal racing and cruising. As children came along, the boat was laid up at a farm in Sarawak province. As his son grew, my friend's father re-commissioned the boat and sailed with his boy to Langkawi, starting a passion for sailing that continues down the generations.
His friend the anthropologist Professor Bob Jay from Harvard sailed her to Penang that season too.
Once the boat was back in commission, she was hauled out and kept at the farm for the next season. When the time came to launch it was found that she had been stripped by land pirates. All that remained was the bare hull and the sails that were kept in storage elsewhere. My friend told me he wept for three days, such was the love and loss that a man can feel for a boat. This was in the early 1980's, and the sails remained in a garage until this year.
Now they've been up-cycled and have started their new adventures as Mafia bags. The old hull is still there waiting for some new love.
We are fully supportive of the project and the excellent use that can be made of repurposed quality materials.
Stories like Steve's are the ones that inspire us every day.
We Believe Everything can have a second life… We are always in the lookout for disused sails about to be discarded, and we would love to make a custom bag free of charge, in return for your donation of a kitesurfing, boat, or windsurf sail (… any sail!).