Our Story

Our Story

Certified Independent Sailmakers, or CIS, is the brainchild of South African sailor and businessman Craig Millar and was born out of his belief that business is there to benefit all who participate, whether a large or a small company and that this can be achieved through doing business with a conscience and integrity.

In a modern world where small businesses are swallowed up by large corporations, where profits are driven to the top of the pyramid theoretically enslaving employees, small businesses provide the freedom of self-determination, an opportunity to share in the fruits of your effort and create solutions to unemployment away from city centres.

With Craig’s sailing experience both cruising and racing around the world, his business experience, founding and building Sail Africa Youth Development Foundation all combined with his experience in the sailing industry, including mast building, sailmaking and being a past CEO and Vice president of a global sailmaking group and his determination to make a difference in peoples lives, he set about creating Certified Independent Sailmakers.

Certified Independent Sailmakers was founded in November 2017 and so far has members in 5 countries on three continents.