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Lean Oak Nelis

Irish Solo-sailing brothers choose Aries

After a nice weekend with our little family, it’s time to get back to work. Little Oak is already familiar with the workshop and is ever so curious to see all the beautiful things his dad makes.  A while ago, we spoke to Peter Lawless Solo Non-stop Circumnavigation, the brother of

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Oak Nelis born

Meet Oak, our newest crewmember

In case you were wondering why things have been a bit quiet lately: meet Oak! Our newest and favourite crewmember! He was born on Sunday, January 10th and he’s a happy little chap with 10 toes, 10 fingers and a very joyful edition to our lives. We’ll try to keep

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Mark Slats Finish GGR

Slats is back in the Netherlands!

Mark Slats is back in the Netherlands! A month after his finish in Les Sables-d’Olonne, he sailed back into the port of Scheveningen. Last Saturday, a huge crowd was cheering for him on the piers, waiting to see Slats after being away for eight months. It was nice to see

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Mark Slats Aries

Aries Windvane in the Golden Globe race

2018 was an exciting year for Aries Vane Gear. It was the year of the Return of the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Yacht Race. Retro, Solo, Non Stop, around the world. Two entrants, Mark Slats and Mark Sinclair were steered by an Aries wind vane. Slats finished second without

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Abhilash Tomy windvane selfsteering Aries

Meeting with Abhilash Tomy

Winter has finally set in and temperatures are dropping fast here in Amsterdam. Many boats are out of the water, ready for some love an care before they go back into the water again in spring. But work at Aries Vane Gear has not come to a standstill. For many

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Susie Goodall AZAB

Mark Slats and Susie Goodall in the AZAB

The weather in the Netherlands has been great lately. We left the workshop for a while to experience the pleasures of sailing with an Aries ourselves. The Dutch isles in the Waddenzee are perfect for a little retreat! Now we are back in the workshop to make sure others can

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