Olympic Press Release August 2012
The Little Hawk Race was developed to provide the lightest, most Accurate and least Windage/drag apparent Wind Indicator available on the market.
This Product has continuously been evaluated and tested by the UK Olympic Squads and the Worlds Top Sailors.
We are pleased to announce that at the 2012 London Games the Little Hawk Race was used to win the following Medals:
470 Men’s Silver470 Women’s Silver
Congratulations to the above teams – Well Done.
Hawk Marine are delighted to announce the appointment of Schaefer Marine of Massachusits as their new North American Distributor.
Adrian Brunton of Hawk Marine said “I am really pleased and excited about this strategic move. We have a great product and have never really done it Justice in North America. I am confident that we now have the correct team and skills in place to bring our products to the US Market Place.
For more information visit www.schaefermarine.com
The Ultimate Lightweight Apparent Wind Indicator.
Hawk Marine Products most popular Apparent Wind Indicator, the Little
Hawk MK1 has proven over time to be a simple, robust, lightweight and
accurate Apparent Wind Indicator widely used by Optimists, Toppers and
Hawk Marine Products have also regularly supplied the MK1 to some of
Britain’s top sailors and Olympic hopefuls who are looking for the
lightest possible Wind Indicator for the top of the mast with the least
possible drag. These MK1’s would get cut down to minimal length and be
epoxied and faired into or onto the Mast Head Fitting.
As the demand for this has grown Hawk Marine Products have launched The
Little Hawk Race. This is a Little Hawk Mk1 with only a 14cm Support Rod
and a Hawk mounting system on the end. The small mast clip is screwed to
the top of the mast or the Mast Head fitting and the Little Hawk Race is
then clipped in or out of the mast clip in a couple of seconds without
This now brings all top sailors the most cost effective, lightweight,
robust and lowest drag Wind Indicator ever made. It will not degrade in
the sun, will not snap or fade and like most burgees will not Fray.
Available now from all good Chandlers.
Hawk Marine Products
“Black Tops are back”
The Needlespar Black Top Masts made a dramatic reappearance on the
Dinghy Racing Scene at this years Mirror National Championships.
Under the command of Hector Cisneros and his son Ben, they clinched the
National Title with a race to spare.
Over recent months Needlespar have had plenty of feed back from Mirror
sailors complaining that the current Bermudian masts are too stiff
sideways, particularly for the lighter weight crews. With the Needlespar
Tube Technology we have been able to develop a mast that emulates the
gust response of the traditional Gaff Rig. The result is so close to the
original that you can also use a sail designed for a gaff rig on the new
Needlespar mast. This results in a cheaper upgrade option when
converting from Gaff Rig to Bermudian Rig.
The mast was tested at Brightlingsea prior to the Nationals and has
proven to be fast in all conditions but was particularly fast when the
conditions were gusty or choppy.
For further information please contact Hawk Marine products on 02392
Great Hawk Press Release
Great Hawk mounting improvement.
The Great Hawk Wind Indicator has been a popular product with yachtsman
around the world for over 30 years on both cruising and racing yachts.
With it’s 38cm Vane Arm and glass filled nylon Reference Arms it has
proven to be lightweight, low windage and very robust.
Recent feedback from customers was that the Great Hawk was not as easy
or quick to mount as the main opposition. With the Great Hawk you have
to drill two 3mm holes and screw the Mast Clamp onto either the top or
side of the mast. Other brands of Wind Indicator bolt straight into one
of the spare holes on the Mast Crane. Once mounted however, you will
need a spanner to remove these where as the Great Hawk is easily removed
from its mast clamp by undoing 1 self tapping screw.
All new Great Hawks are now supplied with a new Crane Adaptor Block.
This small block, complete with Bolt and Nylock Nut, can be bolted into
any spare hole on the Mast Crane. The Standard Great Hawk Mast clamp can
then be attached to the Adaptor block without the need to drill any
holes. The Great Hawk can still be removed quickly with a small screw
driver and one self tapping screw.
This now gives the customer the flexibility of 3 different mounting
methods for their Great Hawk.
Hawk Marine Products
Hawk Acquires Needlespar. The world famous
mast manufacturer “Needlespar” has been recently acquired by Hawk Marine
Needlespar has been making Aluminium Masts and Booms for Dinghies and
Yachts for over 35 years. Needlespar dominated the Dinghy Mast Market
through the 70’s and 80’s with its tube technology, but did see it’s
market diminish considerably over recent years as other manufacturers
concentrated on the development of Carbon Fibre.
Today Needlespar still enjoys a buoyant customer base for its masts in
many classes that are not allowed the use of Carbon Fibre, as well as
for its Aluminium Booms.
The Needlespar Company was about to disappear forever as its owner and
founder, Mr David Hunt, was eventually to retire. The purchase of
Needlespar as a going concern by Hawk Marine Products guarantees the
continuation of this world famous brand with its existing product range
and customer base, and gives an exciting future for new product
When questioned, Richard Search, Managing Director of Hawk Marine
Products said “We are very excited by this acquisition, adding such a
famous brand to our Product Family gives us another platform to develop
new Products for the marine industry.
The Warsash based business is currently being relocated to Hawk Marine
Products Hayling Island Factory.
The Prototype Hawk Race gets its first full test.
For many years now Hawk Marine Products have made a small lightweight
Little Hawk MK2 wind indicator which is mounted in front of the mast at
gooseneck level. This has proved very popular around the world with
Laser and Topper sailors. The new Hawk Race has been developed for the
same application, but on larger boats such as the Finn, Phantom,
Streaker, RS600, Supernova etc.
The Hawk Race uses the Standard Hawk vane arm with its precision
balanced arm and synthetic “V” Jewel bearing with stainless steel pivot
point. And with the all up weight of only 32gms this gives minimal
friction and a low level of inertia affording you unparalleled levels of
accuracy, particularly in light and shifty wind conditions.
As part of the development programme we issued each entrant at the
recent Finn Nationals on Hayling Island a Prototype of the Hawk Race for
a full test and feed back session. All those competitors using them had
very positive feedback. It is planned to put the Hawk Race into
production before the end of the year.
All Change at Hawk Mouldings: After 34
years of making World beating Yacht and Dinghy Wind Indicators and
commercial Injection Mouldings, Hawk are going back to their roots.
The all British Family Company was started in 1972 on Hayling Island in
Hampshire by James Hawker (J. R. Hawker Engineering). James was a
leading Fireball Sailor and active member of Hayling Island Sailing
Club. He developed the original “Hawk” wind indicator for the top of his
Fireball mast. A market was discovered, the Hawk Brand was born and the
rest is history. The Hawk Wind Indicator range has slowly expanded to
cover all sailing boats from Optimists up to Larger Racing and Cruising
Yachts and also now includes the slotstrip centreboard products.
In recent years, under the guidance of James Step Son, Richard Search,
Hawk Mouldings has utilised its expertise in Small Volume Injection
Moulding to offer its services to the rest of the Marine Industry. Hawk
Mouldings has been an intrinsic part of the change from Aluminium to
plastic fittings on all UK manufactured Masts, cleats and marine
hardware working with major companies such as Spinlock, Ocean Air,
Selden, Superspars and Bainbridge. This has enabled the UK Marine
Industry to develop competitive plastic products without the expense of
high volume offshore manufacturing.
As of June 2006, Hawk Mouldings Commercial Moulding business is being
merged with Hilton Engineering of Havant. Hilton Engineering are already
a well established Technical Trade Moulder. The Hawk Wind Indicator and
Slot Strip Products have been retained by Richard Search and will be
manufactured and distributed by a new company, Hawk Marine Products Ltd.
Hawk Marine Products Ltd will be concentrating on improving sales and
developing new products to enhance the range of both its Wind Indicator
and Slot Strip products. Two new Wind Indicators are already planned for
release later this year.
All Hawk Wind Indicators are proudly designed, developed and
manufactured in the UK.