1897 - Start of sailmaking company

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,
Respect.
You don't ask the sea any questions,
You just dress for the occasion."

1970 - 1990 - Gaastra achieves recognition as windsurfing brand

Between 1970 and 1990, Gaastra was primarily recognized as a prestigious windsurfing brand. Many leading surfers - including Robby Naish, Stephan van der Berg and Frank Maass - won major international prizes with the help of Gaastra accessories.

1996 - Gaastra introduces its first Pro and Sportswear clothing lines

In 1996, the Gaastra sailing brand launches two clothing lines onto the European market: Gaastra Pro and Gaastra Sportswear. Gaastra Pro is the professional clothing line with sailing outfits for all conditions, ranging from the roughest sailing regattas on the ocean to recreational sailing on the local lake. Gaastra Sportswear is the clothing collection intended for use on land and consists of a contemporary and innovative lifestyle collection with a clear nautical signature.

2000 - Acquisition by the McGregor Fashion Group

Since 2000, Gaastra has been part of the McGregor Fashion Group B.V., which was established in 1993. The McGregor Fashion Group B.V. is a European fashion house focused on designing, marketing, distributing and selling men's, ladies' and children's clothing in the upmarket segment. McGregor and Gaastra are the group's largest brands.

2005 - Gaastra sponsors Les Voiles de St.Tropez

Since 2005, Gaastra has sponsored Les Voiles de St.Tropez, the most prestigious sailing event of the entire year, during which almost 300 yachts - ranging from the traditional to the hypermodern - make the Bay of St. Tropez come alive.
No other sailing event is as steeped in pure nautical passion as Les Voiles de St. Tropez. Each year, in its role as a proud sponsor, Gaastra pays homage to this unique race with a brilliant special edition limited collection of beautiful clothing.

2008 - Gaastra opens new headquarters in Amstelveen

In July 2008, Gaastra moved its headquarters from Leusden to Amstelveen. The move was the result of its explosive growth in recent years and its international targets for the coming years. A new and more appropriate accommodation had to be found, and the choice fell on the centrally located Commerce Parc “De Stelling” in Amstelveen, directly adjacent to the A9 motorway.

2009 - Gaastra sponsors K-Challenge

Gaastra is one of the sponsors of the K-Challenge, a lightning fast sailing yacht. In 2010, the K-Challenge will compete in the America’s Cup, probably the most prestigious sailing competition in the world.

2010 - Agency Scandinavia

In autumm 2010 we proudly started with the Scandinavia Agency 

2010 - Agency Scandinavia

In autumm 2010 we proudly started with the Scandinavia Agency 

2010 - First store in Italy

Gaastra’s resounding advance continues. In the beginning of June it opened it's first flagship store in the Italian yachting haven of Porto Cervo: the home port of the prestigious Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS). As well as opening the store, Gaastra has also formed a special partnership with YCCS, which will involve more extensive collaboration on collections and regattas.

 

2010 - Sail Amsterdam

Gaastra Headsponsor Sail 2010

Finaly the 8th edition of Sail Amsterdam will start coming 19th of August 2010.

Nowhere in the Netherlands will you find and experience such an imposing, grand and free accessible public event with such a nautical style.

An impressive fleet of Tall Ships and maritime heritage will be admired for five days around the IJ. In short, it is a nautical meeting between past, present and future.

Gaastra has established itself as one of the main sponsors associated with SAIL 2010. The event SAIL is invariably associated with core values ​​such as "unique, pleasant and attractive, this image is also true for the lifestyle brand Gaastra. This commitment has led to a special collaboration. Exclusively for SAIL Gaastra designed a Limited Edition Collection inspired by the nautical passion with this unique event involves.

 

2010 - Sponsorship Jethou

Since 2010 we started with a professional sponsorship deal with The Jethou.

The Jethou is a state-of-the-art IRC racing yacht built by Green Marine in Lymington. It is named after one of the smaller Channel Islands, situated just off the east coast of Guernsey. The Jethou will sail constanly in famous regatta’s such as; the Palma Vela, Copa de Rey, Les Voiles the St. Tropez, the Maxi Rolex World Championship and the Giraglia Rolex cup. The Jethou was pronounced ‘best looking IRC boat of the year!’ by Seahorse magazine. Looking at this elegant black beauty with its high- tech looks, it is easy to imagine why. 

 

2011 - First store in the USA

Gaastra opens it's first store on American soil

Gaastra is growing and it is growing fast! As well as maintaining a rapid advance in Europe, with the continued opening of new stores and offices in various European countries, it is now turning to America. At the beginning of april 2011 Gaastra opened the doors of its first store in the United States. Needless to say, it chose a highly appropriate location: the exclusive and famously nautical city of Newport in the State of Rhode Island. This initiative is rooted in the company’s determined ambitions to raise awareness and increase the brand value of its authentic Dutch sailing wear brand in North America

2011 - Gaastra gets dressed up for Les Voiles de Saint Barth

From 4 to 9 April, everything goes a bit crazy in the idyllic waters surrounding the tropical island of St. Barts. We are, of course, referring to the nautical spectacular that is Les Voiles de Saint Barth. Gaastra is a new 'official partner' for this prestigious sailing event. But this hasn’t just happened overnight. The prestigious yachts that sail in St. Barts are the very essence of elegance, excellence and quality and this fits in perfectly with the image and targets incorporated within Gaastra. This is clear from collections such as the exclusively designed, Gaastra ‘Les Voiles the Saint Barth’ collection.

2011 - Partner het Scheepvaartmuseum

Since 2011 is Gaastra official partner of het Scheepvaartmuseum. Because of a big renovation Het scheepvaartmuseum was almost closed for 5 years. But it was/ is worth waiting. In this superb beautiful museum will be more than 500 years of history presented.

2011 - Sponsorship Azzurra

The heart of the Italian sailing world has been in the news again. On Wednesday of last week the prestigious Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in Porto Cervo on Sardinia's emerald coast announced its events calendar at a meeting in Milan. As usual the calendar is packed with legendary sailing events. At the well-attended meeting YCCS also presented the new Audi Azzurra Sailing Team that will sail under its flag from this year onwards, and introduced Gaastra Pro as the new official clothing supplier for the team. At the request of the team Gaastra Pro will provide the team with high performance professional sailing wear good enough to withstand the most extreme weather conditions.

2011 - Sponsorship Azzurra

The heart of the Italian sailing world has been in the news again. On Wednesday of last week the prestigious Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in Porto Cervo on Sardinia's emerald coast announced its events calendar at a meeting in Milan. As usual the calendar is packed with legendary sailing events. At the well-attended meeting YCCS also presented the new Audi Azzurra Sailing Team that will sail under its flag from this year onwards, and introduced Gaastra Pro as the new official clothing supplier for the team. At the request of the team Gaastra Pro will provide the team with high performance professional sailing wear good enough to withstand the most extreme weather conditions.