THE STORY OF THE MASTER SAILMAKER
From Nice to the Mar Menor, passing through La Rochelle and the French Antilles, Jean Paul Jacquemin discovered in his youth that there was nothing that fulfilled him like sailing and that he had to find a way to make this passion his profession.
In a display of bravery and enthusiasm, the 18-year-old left his country behind and moved to Spain with the intention of finding his way and starting a professional career in this art.
Looking for the harmony between speed, balance and durability, he began to design his own sails.
From the hand of the great Ib Andersen, he founded Velas Hood in the 1970s.
Shortly after, he managed to win the Mini Ton World Sub-Championship held in 1979 in Estartit (Girona), thus perpetuating his value both in design and competition.
In the 80s, with a technical knowledge and mastery of the design and manufacture of sails Dpulido at the HOOD SAILS Cape Cod headquarters (Massachusetts), he returned to Spain with the national representation of said brand as a Master Sailmaker.
Jean Paul, continued competing at the highest level in regattas such as the 3/4 World Cup, multiple Copas del Rey, Copas de la Reina, Sherry, Copas de Antonomías, Rutas de la Sal, Calpe-Formentera, Cartagena-Ibiza, Cartagena- Cartago (Tunisia), Cartagena-Melilla, Puig de Clásicos Trophy, Princesa Sofía, among many others; Racing on very different boats, with sails designed and thoroughly tested by him, he continued to train to be one of the best Master Sailmakers in Spain.
In 2019, after a series of insurmountable differences in the business model with his then partner, he decided to disassociate himself from his brand and found together with his son Pablo Jacquemin, a rigger by profession, owner of Jean Paul Rigging (in clear tribute to his father) JEANPAUL SAILMAKERS & RIGGERS.
From the combination of their knowledge and experience, a brand is born whose expertise are custom design and tailoring, thus avoiding standardization and shipyard sails.
"Our process begins with the exhaustive measurement of the boat, it's rigging and it's deck, adapting the our sails to each skipper and optimizing the performance of their sailboat in speed and comfort" JPJ