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MacDiarmid Sails - Staff

Ian MacDiarmid-General Manager

Ian MacDiarmid began sailing Manly Juniors with his brothers when he was 15 years old and a career in sail making followed soon after, taking up an apprenticeship with Mike Fletcher at the successful Elvestrom loft. It wasn't long before Ian was making a name for himself in the one design keel boat markets and in 1982 he scored the unique double of winning both the J24 and Soling world championships. Over the years Ian has competed in and won many state and nationals championships in a wide range of one design keel boats but Ian has also found success in offshore races competing in Sydney to Hobart, Admirals cups and most recently being a part of the 2011 IRC Australian championship winning team. On the back of his world championship wins Ian opened up his own loft in 1983 at a small loft in Lane Cove. Ian continued his success in keel boat regattas winning 2 Dragon Prince Phillip Cups as helmsman along with a several state championships. His association with the J24 class continued and is considered by many to be the most successful J24 sailor in Australia’s history with at numerous state and national championship victories to his name.

These days Ian is usually found club racing his 36 footer “Hell Razer” out of the Royal Sydney yacht Squadron but he still makes appearances on our customers boats with notable success, most recently on board Dr Darryl Hodgkinson’s Beneteau First 45 “Victoire” as mainsheet trimmer.  

Graham Mckellar-MacDiarmid Sails Belmont

Graham is a 3rd generation sail maker, taking over the loft the Mckellar sails loft that his father started in the early 1960’s. HE started sailing in Herons with his father before moving into the 16 foot skiffs at Drummoyne Sailing Club. He moved hid family and business to the Lake Maquarie suburb of Belmont and continued his 16 foot skiff sailing winning 2 national titles and 4 state titles over the years. In 1992 Mckellar sails joined forces with Ian MacDiarmid who at the time was dominating skiff classes with his rigs and sail designs. The partnership has led to leading designs not only in classes like the 16’s but also the Cherub class. Grahams involvement in the16 foot skiff class has been more than simply a competitor, helping and mentoring many young “skiffies” along the way as well as developing sails and rigs for many top competitors, leading to many championship victories.  

Shane Guanaria-Sales Gladesville loft.

Shane wasn’t going to have a choice when it came to sailing, competing in his first race as a 3 year old with his father a Tasar. He started sailing competitively as a 7 year old crewing in Flying Elevens before graduating to helming a Manly Junior at 10. Quickly out-growing the junior classes, Shane reverted to crewing for a few seasons before getting his first Laser at 14. For the next 6 years Shane sailed Lasers learning the game of yacht racing against the worlds best, competing in several open world championships as well as being selected to represent Australia at the ISAF youth world championships in Finland. In the middle of this Shane started working as a sail maker for Ian MacDiarmid at age 15 and soon realized that this was the career path for him. Moving on from Lasers he started sailing a variety of different dinghy classes, winning several state and national titles along the way using sails he designed and made for his campaigns which included stints in Tasars, B14’s, 505,s MG14’s and 18 foot skiff’s before a move into keel boats and ocean racing was taken. Shane has enjoyed considerable success with divisional and overall wins and podium results in all of the major east coast races under his belt while still keeping his hand in the dinghy’s, racing a 505 on a semi regular basis.    

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