One young sailing and voyaging family that decided to settle here for good are Giuseppe Della Volpe and his wife Kristina Damijanidis. In 2017 they opened up a sailmaking business here in Las Palmas Gran Canaria, after having crossed the Atlantic and cruising the Caribbean with their then new-born baby for three years. Before the Caribbean voyage, Giuseppe already had more than 20 years of experience as a professional yacht skipper, manly in the Mediterranean. “As a sailor I have always thought that the most important things in a boat are the condition of the hull, state and year of the engine, and of course the rigging and sails”, he says. With his vast practical experience, he founded Mdvsailmaker which mainly specialises in repairing sails, biminis, and sprayhoods before also becoming the Canary Island distributor for Rolly Tasker Sails.
“A customer asked us for some services on his boat”, Giuseppe explains. “We found ourselves examining the Rolly Tasker Sails and we were very impressed by the finish and the quality. The customer also was very happy with his new sails.”
After this, Giuseppe and his team at Mdvsailmaker discussed what extra service they could provide to the customer, such as a professional service on site for assistance, measuring, assembling, and warranty. Consequently, Mdvsailmaker together with Rolly Tasker Sails have decided to make their experience available to sailors that come to Las Palmas at the start of their Atlantic passage to help these to enjoy their crossing and the subsequent seasons in the Caribbean without worries.