Simple, high-performance sails for kayaks and canoes
It is with deep sadness that we relay this news. Flat Earth Sails sailmaker Mick MacRobb passed away October 29 in Australia. With his innovation and skill, Mick changed the profile, not to mention the speed, of modern sea kayaking. A generation of adventurous kayakers mounted sails on their kayaks and turned wind into a joyous excuse to play. Mick's sails always make a long expedition day more pleasant. With his productivity and vision, he shared his passion and helped kayak sailing gain recognition worldwide. With his genuine kindness, he made friends and loyal fans who will miss him deeply, even as we celebrate the joy he brought to our lives by being himself, following his heart, and working doggone hard. Sail on, Mick. In the wind we will feel your spirit.
Words from some friends
We're devastated to let our friends in the paddling community know about the sudden passing of our great mate, Mick MacRobb. Mick was a champion fella, kind, generous, a gentleman of the highest order.
He was the pioneer of his own kayak sail brand, Flat Earth Kayak Sails, and from his humble sailmakers loft in rural Bairnsdale proved to all of us that a little guy with an eye for detail & design could still crack the world market. He could barely keep up with the business that was flowing his way.
Mick, I would have liked to be there at your funeral to pay my respects, but on that day I am actually finally arriving to Australia by kayak, I wish you were around to witness the culmination of this expedition, mate. Perhaps your spirit will be there somewhere in the strong South Easterly wind. My sail will be up in your honor!
To read more on Mick, see Mick MacRobb's Facebook Page
Mick's mates and his distributors are discussing how Flat Earth Kayak Sails will move forward, honor Mick's life, and generate support for his wife. Updates will be posted here.
"I've never been interested in sailing rigs because of the complexity
and risks involved but the Flat Earth sail is simple and rescues with
the sail deployed are completely manageable - including the ability to
roll your kayak. And you don't need a kayak with a rudder!"
|"Mick's design is absolutely stunning. It's
a proper sail, made by an expert sailmaker. I have literally been blown
away by these sails."
--Douglas Wilcox, kayaker, photographer, Scotland.
Principle background: Sailing