Aeolus – Keeper of the Winds


Aeolus meaning ‘Keeper of the Winds’ in Greek mythology.

Aeolus belongs to the 30 Square Meter Class, which is well established in Scandinavia and has a long history dating back to 1908, the 30 Square Meter rule is simply based on the sail area which leaves a lot of room for tweaking waterline length and overhangs making the class extremely competitive.

‘Of all the fast cruisers, the 30 Square Meters are probably the best’ wrote Uffa Fox in the 1930’s who owned and raced a 30 Square Meter called Waterwitch.

Aeolus was built in Sweden in 1986 from a 1972 Knud Reimers design and has been owned by local to Cowes Yachtsman Richard Hargreaves since November 2017 when he took her to Elephant Boatyard in Warsash for significant repairwork before coming to us to talk about sails.

Richard has been sailing all of his life and tells me that in fact his first ever paid job was as a sailmaker with Ratsey and Lapthorn’s very own Andy Cassell!

Ratsey and Lapthorn are very proud to have supplied a full new suit of sails for Aeolus and were delighted when she came third in The Cowes Spring Classics in Cowes last year, her first season back on the water.

We are looking forward to following her progress this coming season as Richard has entered Aeolus in to several races including The Cowes Spring Classics, The Round the Island Race and Panerai British Class Week.

Richard says:

‘I really enjoyed the process of working with the Ratsey and Lapthorn Office to develop the sails’

We are looking forward to continuing our work with him to get the very best performance he can from his boat.


Ratsey & Lapthorn are sailmakers based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. We specialise in racing sails, cruising sails and classic sails. Combining the latest sail making technology with hundreds of years of experience established within the loft, no boat is too big or too small.

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