“Like many things grown or manufactured locally, Vermont Sailing Partners sails are not made to compete with the cheapest products on the market,” admits Fastiggi. But “problems with lesser-quality sails means time away from the water while repairs are made. If you have to screw around dealing with those issues, that means you are not sailing.”
If there can be such a thing as a localvore movement in sailmaking, Vermont Sailing Partners is it. Owned and operated by Bill Fastiggi, a renowned racer who grew up sailing on Malletts Bay, the company has a core clientele of local sailors who, like Fastiggi, savor the winds on beautiful Lake Champlain.
Drawn back to Vermont by a combination of family ties and the relatively unsung 125-mile-long body of water that offers world-class boating, Fastiggi is the only custom sailmaker working on Lake Champlain, making sails for craft from well-appointed, 50-foot cruising boats to sleek race boats built for speed.