2016 marked 50 years of manufacturing excellence for Sykes. It was in 1966 when Jeff Sykes first designed a racing scull that would assist him in his desire to win an Australian Sculling Championship. That first boat was the beginning for what became Jeff Sykes & Associates Pty Ltd, now known as ‘Sykes’.
Sykes are committed to a path of innovation for the future and have invested heavily in new machinery and new engineering staff for our R & D team. In 2014, Sykes set up a new Multiax five-axis CNC machine. This machine is used to cut plugs to make moulds for our new boat designs with considerable accuracy.
Innovation and performance are important to Sykes. We are producing brand new designs, new testing and construction methods and have a desire to provide equipment that is superior to anything else on the market. We are committed to making sure our designs are fast, comfortable, affordable and will stand up to the testing Australian conditions.
Sykes has a proud history of manufacturing and a proud place in the Australian rowing community. Since our first rowing gold medal in the 1974 World Championships, Sykes boats and designs have been the choice of many of today’s Australian Rowing Teams.