The history of Gaastra begins in 1897, when the 22-year-old Douwe Gaastra sets up his sailmaking company in Sneek, with the ambition of making sailing faster as well as more competitive and efficient. In a short space of time, Gaastra then becomes a household name in the global world of sailing.
"Once captured by the sailing spirit,
Your heart belongs to the sea forever.
There's a fine line between fear and passion,
Douwe Gaastra lost his heart to the sea.
Dedicating himself to making the finest sailing gear,
He was overwhelmed with love for the great waters.
He knew what dealing with the sea is all about,
You don't ask the sea any questions,
You just dress for the occasion."