A passionate dinghy sailor frustrated by lack of specialist clothing for Dinghy
During a 6 month Business Studies work experience project Nick Gill began to formulate
and implement a business plan to manufacture and market sailing clothing.
First exhibited at Southampton and London International Boat Shows. First export
orders and first bad debt! Lesson learned.
Appointed official supplier to the British Americas Cup entry “Lionheart”.
Developed innovative low windage garments featuring bulk reducing zips in arms and
Purchased first hot air taping machine from Pfaff, enabling fully waterproof seam
sealed garments. This transformed waterproof clothing production.
In test! “Atlantic” Offshore range launched to spearhead a move into
the serious offshore clothing sector.
Exhibited at IMTEC in Chicago, premier USA Trade show and began first inroads into
the USA market.
10 years on:- business begins to consolidate position as an innovative technical
and fair priced brand.
Lucrative deal to supply British Airways ground staff with wet weather gear based
on Gill Storm Jacket.
Existing premises were out grown and development land was purchased to build additional
manufacturing and warehouse facilities.
Product range extended to include Boots, Gloves and PolarTec® fleece to complete
the sailing kit bag.
Innovative 2 piece Dinghy System designed and developed by Gill. This replaced the
conventional one piece dinghy suit and changed the face of dinghy clothing going
Phase 2 of building developments finalised, adding additional warehouse, offices
and development centre. Headquarters formally moved to new site and opened by Tracey
Edwards in October 1992.
Gill appointed official clothing supplier to Team GBR, British Olympic Sailing Team.
Team GBR sail to Medals wearing Gill clothing including specific products developed
for warm climate and conditions.
Appointed Technical clothing supplier To Chessie Racing, entrant for the Whitbread
Round the World Race. New Ocean range developed and concept of no linings in 3 layer
Team GBR sail to Gold wearing Gill in Sydney.
Gill appointed official clothing supplier to illbruck for the 2003/4 Volvo Ocean
Race. A complete 3 layer clothing system was designed and developed including the
less is better concept for the Ocean range.
Technical clothing partner to Conrad Humprhries for Vendee Globe and TJV campaigns
in Open 50 “Motorolla”.
Gill develop the five Dot fabric classification system and move away from high profile
branded fabrics to provide better quality and value to the customer.
Skiff harness developed featuring award winning RWO Quick Release Hook. first commercial
harness with QRH on the market.
A complete new glove range developed including the patented Pro Glove which tested
as 3 times more durable than any other glove on the market.
New 4,000 sq foot R& D centre opens in Nottingham to spear head design and development
for the next decade.
Terry Hutchinson, Rolex Yachtsman of the year and TP52 World champion, appointed
Brand Ambassador and concept of Race Collection begun.
Compressor Vest launched. Most innovative 50 Newton CE Buoyancy Vest ever produced
featuring ergonomically shaped foam panels encased in a stretch neoprene. Immediately
won an award at the 2008 influential METS Dame Awards.
Technical clothing supplier to the Disney® Film Documentary – “Morning
Light” – a personal project of the late Roy E Disney.
Race collection developed for sports boats and Grand Prix sailing. The lightest
performance waterproof sailing jacket produced.
Gill confirmed as Technical Clothing Partner to Emirates Team New Zealand for TP52
and Louis Vuitton Series.
Gill Appointed Technical Clothing partner to Cowes Week.
Gill announces joint sponsorship of the Volvo Gill Optimist Sailing Class
Gill Sunsail Racing Series launches
The new Gill USCG approved PFD has been designed for unrestricted freedom of movement while maintaining maximum comfort.