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Founded in 1917, Bainbridge International is one of the longest established sailcloth manufacturers in the world, with almost a century's experience in developing and supplying the highest quality, highest performance materials to the marine industry.

Your Bainbridge Sales Team

Introducing Your Bainbridge Sales Team

The Bainbridge International team brings a wealth of knowledge and experience direct to your business. We challenge our competitors to match "or better" our experience - more than 1,000,000 nautical miles and over 150 years sales experience amongst the dedicated team.

Andrew Smith

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Andrew has been in the Marine industry for 40 years. Starting work after university as a sailmaker, then a sail designer. He was Technical Director of North Sails UK and Superyacht project consultant until 2005.

A 5-year period leading Elvstrom Sails in Denmark followed, then acting as a consultant to various Far eastern companies. Most recently he joined Bainbridge in 2014, first as Technical Director, then Managing Director.

As an engineer and designer by training he brings along with those skills a vast experience of selling and marketing to some of the best known marine companies and projects. He has sailed in most of the major regattas and championships around the world, inshore and offshore, on various boat sizes from dinghies to maxi race yachts to Superyachts in a variety of roles - skipper, tactician or sail-trimmer.

Boris Webber

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Boris started sailing dinghies at the age of 4 in South Africa and completed his first Cape to Uruguay ocean race at the age of 14. He has been closely involved with yachting ever since skippering numerous boats from short-handed race boats to a 140' 3-masted schooner; he ended his time at sea after the BT Global Challenge.

Boris is no stranger to the UK leisure marine industry; bringing 300,000 nautical miles and 35 years'experience to the team. After 15 years as a professional sailor Boris's first job ashore was Chandlery Manager with Aladdin's Cave. He then joined International Paint for 14 years in various roles in marketing, sales, technical services and Mega Yacht claim management.

Since joining the Bainbridge Marine team 3 years ago, Boris has worked in Product Management and more recently UK Sales.

Michael Cole

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Mike has 25 years of experience in the leisure marine market.

Starting out as a windsurf and dinghy instructor, Mike went on to spend more than a decade afloat as professional crew on large sailing yachts, gaining considerable offshore sailing experience.

Mike has strong commercial and product knowledge, and has travelled widely covering Bainbridge’s domestic and more recently export business.

Now holding the position of Sales Manager for Sail & Cover, he is involved with all aspects of product and account management, as well as planning for the domestic and export markets. Mike is passionate about delivering the high levels of customer support that Bainbridge is known for.

Matt Gruar

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Matt has spent the past 12 years working in the marine and leisure sector. Starting out working for Sunsail in Port Solent, maintaining the fleet of Jeanneau Sunfast 37 and then the fleet of First 40s. From Sunsail Matt moved on to Fairview Sailing based in the Hamble where he spent 5 years working on the charter fleet helping maintain the yachts.

For the past two years Matt has been an instrumental member Bainbridge Sail & Cover team covering numerous areas of responsibility.

His key role was Customer Services for the UK domestic and Global Distribution businesses. More recently Matt has been closely working with the Sail & Cover field-based team.

Mervyn Down

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Mervyn has been in the Marine industry for a mere 15 years. Having been on the water since he was born he brings over 200,000 Nm experience with him.

Previously in project management and retail sales, Mervyn decided on a change of career in 2005 and trained as a professional Yachtsman. The 6 months of training led to a successful spell of 15 years on the water, where he was fortunate enough to Skipper, Race, Manage and Maintain yachts for: Clipper Round the World, Moorings, Oyster, Nautor Swan, Hanse, Vortec Marine, and included yachts such as "Ocean Leopard" which held the RTI Race record for 5 years & "Whitebread Heritage" formally known as "Great Britain 2" and winner of the 1st & 2nd Whitbread Race.

Mervyn is the Marine Key Account Manager and covers the Western area of England and Wales. With all his boat experience he is very familiar with the processes and products he deals with.

Mervyn used to enjoy his hobbies; sailing, fishing, swimming, cycling, weight training rugby and reading... none of which he can enjoy anymore now he is a family man!

Anita Coleman

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Anita joined Bainbridge 13 years ago from a role in Customer Services with an Energy provider where her role was primarily dealing with inbound customer enquiries.

She joined Bainbridge as a Customer Service Advisor and has worked her way up to Customer Services Team Leader managing the team of four.

Although she had no sailing or marine industry experience when she joined, this did not set her back and she has built a very strong product knowledge and skill set to meet the demands of her role.

Most UK based accounts in all areas of the marine, sail & cover and watercraft businesses will know Anita from her years of dedicated time dealing with orders.

Georgina "George" Lawman

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"George" has lived close to the Solent all her life which has led to her being a keen waters sports enthusiast. This is developing into a growing passion for the whole marine business.

She joins Bainbridge with strong customer service experience and is a welcome addition to the Telesales team.

George's confident and polite telephone manner enables her to deal with customer enquiries quickly and efficiently.

Her previous career background means that George is adept at problem solving and a very strong communicator.