Mistral is sold to Jacobs (Chocolates and Coffee fame) at a time when windsurfing was on a downward trend. A few years later Ernstfried Prade would leave Mistral and so too Robbie Naish and in 1989 Naish Sails is founded. Jacobs makes significant management changes and go on to purchase F2 and Fanatic in a bid to dominate and increase market share.