6 Oct 2015


This is a unique opportunity to join a growing company formed over 20 years ago who are true leaders within the UK distribution of watersports equipment. Tushingham Sails Ltd started in the windsurfing industry. It still is the biggest distributor …

This is a unique opportunity to join a growing company formed over 20 years ago who are true leaders within the UK distribution of watersports equipment.

Tushingham Sails Ltd started in the windsurfing industry. It still is the biggest distributor of windsurfing and SUP equipment in the UK.

Starboard, Tushingham, Red Paddle Co, Severne and Aeron are the World’s key brands. Currently the company has over 100 active accounts which include retail shops and schools.

The job will cover both sports of windsurfing and SUP.

The company provides clear progression along with excellent training and support.

We are looking for an informed and passionate sales person to join our team in the watersports industry.

The Role:
· Maximise the sales of all products through effective sales strategies and skillful key account management.
· Liaise with customers in all new product ventures and further the customers objectives.
· Proactive lead generation and closing the sale.
· Technical demonstrations.
· Attend conferences and exhibitions.

The Requirement:
· Happy to travel extensively across the UK: This will mean working at weekends at test and demo events ( in lieu of weekdays)
· Solid successful sales background ideally within watersports.
· Windsurfing skill needed. Further training will be given if needed.
· Full Driving Licence

Scope of role:
You will be required to manage your own time. The office is based in South Devon and management of accounts will need to be conducted from the office. Sales visits will be a key strategy, but working on sales initiatives with the help of the marketing team in the office will also be required.

POST : Full Time. Salary £21,000 basic – with commission ( realistic projections to £34,000 first year) , plus expenses.

Tushingham Sails Ltd

WATERSPORTS: Windsurfing / Stand Up Paddleboarding


DAVE HACKFORD at: application@tushingham.com

With the Title of: ‘Windsurf/Sales job’
INTERVIEWS in November 2015


8 Sep 2015

Pwllheli Raceboard Report

By Louis Morris

It would be hard to beat the fantastic conditions we had at Weymouth, but if anywhere can than Pwllheli can. It is possibly my favourite place to race, with great open sea racing conditions, or tactical shifty flat conditions depending on wind direction, with camping virtually on the beach and Snowdonia as a backdrop to the race course.

Mark Kay and Lewis Barnes had been training for several days prior to the event, although by the sound of it more short boarding got done than race training, and those that arrived early on Friday were treated to some great windy conditions. As I found, pitching my tent at 11:30pm.

The wind and waves had moderated a bit in time for racing on saturday morning, but it was still a bit on the breezy side, with 16-18 knots cross-onshore from the SW. I chose my 9.5 XR-Race (like always!), and 46cm drake fin (smaller fin for stronger wind and chop).

The raceboard fleet pushed the start a tad (apparently it was my fault), and we started the weekend with a general recall. A collision with a lobster pot buoy soon after the re-start let half the fleet past me, so it was Mark Kay, Tom Naylor (Tushingham), and Tom Dryden (Tushingham) who arrived first to the windward mark. All four of them had really good speed upwind on saturday. I tacked off after my collision and found that either I was very very fast, or that the right side of the course paid a lot, because I was 4th to the windward mark. Mast track issues put Tom Dryden out of the race downwind, I managed to pass Tom Naylor with superior angle, and closed the gap on Mark. On the second beat Mark and I headed to opposite sides of the course, and I had taken the lead by the final mark, and won the race.


Louis Morris (photo by Karen Battye)

In the second race, it was Mark and Tom who battled it out at the front the whole way round. I couldn’t overtake with speed alone, and tacked too early upwind several times due to a strengthening tide. Mark won, Tom 2nd, myself 3rd. Lewis Barnes had a better race, but opened the door on the last reach for Rob Kent (Tushingham) to take 4th place.

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Rob Kent (photo by Andy Stallman)

The wind dropped to about 14-16 knots in the afternoon, with a slightly flatter sea-state. The speed difference between myself and Mark was virtually nothing, and I had him right on my tail the whole way round. Lewis and Rob didn’t have their best race, but that should take nothing away from Andy Gibson, who was flying all day and took 4th, ahead of Tom Dryden who didn’t break anything and took a well deserved 5th.

Rob bounced back in the final race of the day, but still couldn’t displace Tom N from his now customary 3rd place. Meanwhile, it was closer than ever, too close in fact, between myself and Mark. Mark arrived first to the windward mark, but I had a great downwind leg and arrived at the leeward gate first. We both opted to gybe and head left, and Mark took the inside and hit my mast with the end of his boom as I came out tighter than he expected. All good, we were both still upright, and I now had him behind me. I tacked on what I thought was the layline whilst he carried on for a little longer. In clean air, Mark is very fast upwind, and I could hear him getting closer, I tried to point as high as possible to squeeze into his lee-bow and control him again. I thought he’d got me, but as he overtook, his boom clipped my shoulder and sent him over the front. Luckily out of the way of me so no further collision took place. Mark recovered quickly enough to keep Tom at bay and take an unfortunate 2nd.


Annette Kent (photo by Karen Battye)

Thomas Cave was the fastest youth in the breezy conditions, and had some close racing with experienced racers Annette Kent (Tushingham) and Harriet Ellis. Harriet was unlucky, missing two races after breaking her mast, battens, and sail in the waves.

Most of sunday was spent waiting for wind. We were teased with 4 knots SW, but the race committee decided to continue waiting, and eventually it swung NW (offshore) and reached 6-8 knots. By the time we started, we had a slightly gusty and shifty 8-10 knots. The fleet was quite split after the start, with neither side looking  better than the other. I opted for the middle, with two tacks timed with shifts. I had really good speed and angle, a great start, and good laylines, so arrived upwind first. Rob and Mark weren’t far behind, but I planed almost all the way downwind on both laps, so pulled away quite a lot and won by a comfortable margin. The next race was a similar story, although the wind was a little lighter so it was entirely non-planing. In this wind, Mark and Rob were very well matched upwind, but Rob had the slight edge downwind, and managed to take 2nd in both races, with Mark 3rd and Tom Naylor 4th. These conditions often suit Lewis, and he was very quick upwind, but didn’t managed to piece together the tactics, and settled for 5th and 9th.

Thomas Cave likes it windy, couldn’t keep up with fellow youths Alice Butts and Emily Kent. Alice sailed excellently, and even finished ahead of Annette in the final race. However, with only two light wind races, Thomas had done enough to take the youth prize by just two points. Annette Kent was first lady, with good light wind races, Harriet also sailed well, but with only one discard, couldn’t recover from her kit-breaking wave.

Full results

Results summary:

1st Louis Morris (Tushingham/Starboard)
2nd Mark Kay (Demon/Starboard), 1st heavy, 1st master
3rd Tom Naylor (Tushingham/Starboard), 1st veteran
1st Lady Annette Kent (Tushingham/Starboard) 8th overall
1st supervet John Pete (Demon/Starboard) 9th overall
1st youth Thomas Cave (Neilpryde/Starboard) 11th overall

With only one event remaining to decided the UKWA national champion, things are really close. With two discards now available, Louis Morris and Mark Kay both hold 4 points each, and whoever beats the other at the last event will win the series, providing they finish within one place of Rob Kent who can still win in theory. Annette Kent and Harriet Ellis are also on tied points, so it will go right down the the last event.

Series results


28 Aug 2015

Come and work for us!!

As we are rapidly growing new opportunities arise to come and work for us. The latest being a pretty exciting position of Graphic Designer and Content Creator:

We looking for a talented and highly artistic graphic designer and content creator with a proven track record to join our team on a full-time basis. The ideal candidate is a highly-motivated and ambitious individual with a strong print and digital portfolio, strong communication skills, knows how to think conceptually and can manage multiple projects efficiently in a fast-paced work environment.

The Role: 
You will be working closely with the Digital Media manager and Product Designer to design and produce a range of materials to help support sales staff and promote new products to both B2B and B2C customers including but not exclusively:

1. Sales Materials
2. Print Advertising
3. Digital Advertising
4. Product packaging design
5. Product graphic design
6. POS materials
7. Trade show stand design
8. Newsletters
9. Promotional clothing
10. Product brochures

Required Skills: The applicant……..

1. is highly proficient in The Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator
2. has excellent oral and written communication, organisational and time management skills
3. can work effectively with different personality types and competing agendas
4. is a fast learner with a good attitude
5. works well independently and alongside colleagues
6. is flexible, adaptable and able to manage shifting priorities

Desirable Skills:

1. Experience using Adobe Premier Pro, After effects or Final Cut pro to create video content 
2. Photography and video production experience – for product photos and educational product videos
3. Experience in either Stand Up Paddleboarding or Windsurfing

Qualifications and Experience:

1. A degree in graphic arts or design, fine arts, advertising, marketing, or a related field
2. At least Three years of professional experience in a design-centred role
3. This is a full-time position based in our headquarters in South Devon.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send an up to date CV and portfolio no bigger than 10mb to lgreen@tushingham.com by the 11th September 2015. Interviews will be carried out shortly after.

Salary will be competitive and negotiable relevant to experience.


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