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  • dn-iceboat
    Winning the Iceboat World Championships in a borrowed boat
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    Winning the Iceboat World Championships in a borrowed boat
    16 Apr 2019
    16 Apr 2019
    Written by: Michał Burczyński This year’s DN Iceboat World Championships will remain in my memory for a very long time. I won the regatta using borrowed equipment. It’s unbelievable! The only part of the gear that was mine was a set of three sails from Ullman Sails (Fo1, Abss, Ms1). © Cathy Firmbach This was my tenth time in the Gold Cup in the USA. The trails were blazed and everything was supposed to go as planned. But then a series of unfortunate events occurred that severely affected my starting plans. The whole thing seemed improbable. We (the Polish team) had a few...
  • sailing-to-brazil
    Sailing from Africa to Brazil
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    Sailing from Africa to Brazil
    27 Mar 2019
    27 Mar 2019
    Three adventurous men who have already been on a search in the Congo for the last dinosaur (yes you read that right) are on another mission - Africa to Brazil - hitching a ride on anything that floats.
  • banderas bay regatta ullman
    Ullman Sails sponsors 27th Annual Banderas Bay Regatta in Mexico
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    Ullman Sails sponsors 27th Annual Banderas Bay Regatta in Mexico
    18 Mar 2019
    18 Mar 2019
    The 27th Annual Banderas Bay Regatta in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was another huge success with a great social scene and exciting races sporting Ullman Sails.
  • ocean pollution
    A call to reduce plastic and save our beautiful oceans!
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    A call to reduce plastic and save our beautiful oceans!
    14 Mar 2019
    14 Mar 2019
    Our beautiful blue planet that takes up 70% of the earth’s surface is turning into one large trash can. This is a call to save our beautiful oceans!
  • sailboat
    9 Great Weather Apps for Sailing
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    9 Great Weather Apps for Sailing
    11 Mar 2019
    11 Mar 2019
    As a beginner or seasoned sailor the weather can determine your course and sailing experience. Try some of these great weather apps for sailing.
  • Ullman sails exhibition
    Boat shows and events around the world 2019
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    Boat shows and events around the world 2019
    1 Mar 2019
    1 Mar 2019
    We have searched for the best Boat shows around the world in 2019. Ullman Sails will be exhibiting at some of these shows. We look forward to your continued support!
  • cruising-ullman sails
    Our bright Ullman Sails Optimist Sailor
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    Our bright Ullman Sails Optimist Sailor
    31 Jan 2019
    31 Jan 2019
    Sean Kavanagh is all of 10 years old and is looking to become a force to be reckoned with in the sailing world. Ullman Sails is rallying him on in way.
  • mini transat ullman
    Irina Gracheva's Journey to Solo Sailing
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    Irina Gracheva's Journey to Solo Sailing
    30 Jan 2019
    30 Jan 2019
    A young female Russian sailor moves from sailing in expeditions to becoming a solo sailor by doing the mini-transat.
  • storing sails
    5 tips for storage of sails
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    5 tips for storage of sails
    6 Dec 2018
    6 Dec 2018
    As winter takes full hold across the northern hemisphere, it's important to note that it's not just your boat that needs to be stored in over those colder months. Equally important is to store sails under the right conditions.
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    Ullman Sails sponsors The Great Optimist Race
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    Ullman Sails sponsors The Great Optimist Race
    26 Oct 2018
    26 Oct 2018
    With the magnificent Table Mountain as a backdrop, competitors - who ranged from celebrities to captains of industry, and medical survivors - raced for glory in children’s sailboats as part of The Great Optimist Race at the Cape Town International Boat Show.
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    Sink or sail for CEOs and celebs at Optimist training day
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    Sink or sail for CEOs and celebs at Optimist training day
    10 Oct 2018
    10 Oct 2018
    It was all hands on deck for a group of celebrities, CEOs and survivors this Saturday when they gathered at Zeekoevlei Yacht Club in Cape Town to learn how to sail ahead of the boat show!
  • optimist
    Optimist sailors battle it out in Cape Town
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    Optimist sailors battle it out in Cape Town
    13 Sep 2018
    13 Sep 2018
    This weekend the dinghy sailing season in South Africa's Western Cape opened with the Southern Charter Classic hosted by Zeekoeivlei Yacht Club. Our Ullman sponsored optimists took to the water for some great racing!
  • vixen-event
    Vixens take to the water in all-women event
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    Vixens take to the water in all-women event
    12 Jul 2018
    12 Jul 2018
    In an effort to promote females in sailing, once a year the Foxer Fleet in Hamble (predominately male) encourage a lass to come out sailing and put together the Vixen One Day event for the Stiletto Cup. It is a fabulous day full of fierce females, fun racing and sunny weather!
  • ullman-sails
    Ullman wins big at prestigious events
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    Ullman wins big at prestigious events
    22 Jun 2018
    22 Jun 2018
    It has been a great start for the Ullman family at the start of the racing season in the Mediterranean.
  • tall-ship-tenacious
    All aboard the Tenacious!
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    All aboard the Tenacious!
    23 Apr 2018
    23 Apr 2018
    Meet a boat that is unique in the world of ‘tall ship’ sailing - designed and constructed in such a way to allow ease of use by disabled people.
  • Boat-Show-Display
    Boat Shows Around The World 2018
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    Boat Shows Around The World 2018
    14 Mar 2018
    14 Mar 2018
    A full list of boat shows around the world for 2018.
  • rolex-quest-ullman-sails
    Ullman Sails powered Quest conquers Sydney to Hobart
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    Ullman Sails powered Quest conquers Sydney to Hobart
    26 Feb 2018
    26 Feb 2018
    The Ullman Sails powered Quest pulled off a remarkable second in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in 2018.
  • Ullman Sails September/October Pipeline Newsletter
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    Ullman Sails September/October Pipeline Newsletter
    2 Nov 2017
    2 Nov 2017
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  • #Cruising Top Tip - Skip Novak
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    #Cruising Top Tip - Skip Novak
    31 Oct 2017
    31 Oct 2017
    The fashion for wide sterns with swim platforms has encouraged boarding the yacht from the stern, rather than the old fashion way of alongside amidships and up a classic ladder. Years ago before stern scoops with swim platforms became vogue, you would have to have been a rock climber or a gymnast to lever yourself over the stern counter. Certainly on anything that Olin Stephens had designed. Boarding alongside was the only option, but this option has fallen away to some extent. Granted it is much more strenuous having to hold on to a boarding ladder , and if there...
  • Ullman Sails Melges 24 customers racing at the Chilean National Championships featuring a FiberPath Inventory
    #RacingTopTip - Make the Most of Weekday Racing
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    #RacingTopTip - Make the Most of Weekday Racing
    8 Aug 2017
    8 Aug 2017
    MAKE THE MOST OF WEEKDAY RACING #RacingTopTip Author: Alex Curtiss/Ullman Sails Newport Beach, CA Alex Curtiss Ullman Sails Newport Beach, Ca Summer is now in full swing, and yacht clubs all across the country are having their twilight series. These races are either windward leeward courses or random leg, but none the less it’s still sailboat racing. Weekday racing can be used to hone critical racing skills that are used during weekend regattas. Below are three things to do during the week to help improve your weekend regattas prowess. GET YOUR HEADINGS Typically while sailing during the week, boat owners will bring non-sailing friends or...
  • Ullman Sails August Pipeline Newsletter
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    Ullman Sails August Pipeline Newsletter
    4 Aug 2017
    4 Aug 2017
    Click here to download the August, 2017 version of the Pipeline – the official Ullman Sails Newsletter. Click here to subscribe to the Pipeline to receive the newsletter direct to your inbox!
  • Ullman Sails Canary Islands Now Open
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    Ullman Sails Canary Islands Now Open
    2 Aug 2017
    2 Aug 2017
    The Canary Islands, known for year-round warm weather, is a Spanish network of islands nestled just off the coast of Africa known as a strategic stopover for transatlantic crossings and a magnificent destination for challenging offshore sailing, Olympic training, and pleasure cruising. Ullman Sails couldn't be happier to introduce our new Canary Islands team of Jose Fernandez and Dominique Girard. Based on the island of Tenerife, the loft is full service and offers the complete Ullman Sails product series, expert sail maintenance, canvas work and quality service for local sailing and transient cruisers alike. Jose Fernandez Jose comes from a family...
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    Cruising Top Tip - Watch the Winch
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    Cruising Top Tip - Watch the Winch
    27 Mar 2017
    27 Mar 2017
    Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Ambassador states that there is a fundamental relationship between operating any machine and observing what the machine is doing.
  • Offshore Racing Offers Opportunity to Unplug, Refresh
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    Offshore Racing Offers Opportunity to Unplug, Refresh
    20 Mar 2017
    20 Mar 2017
    Wally Cross of Ullman Sails Detroit By Wally Cross, President of Ullman Sails Detroit Life is busy – more today than ever before. In addition to family and work obligations, text messages, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram all demand our attention. Because of all this, our minds are constantly inundated with information, and many of us are looking for ways to escape the hectic pace of the modern era. Americans spend millions on yoga, meditation, mindfulness and other forms of relaxation to break from the fast-paced life. For me, a long-distance race is truly the best way to unplug, literally and...
  • Event Recap: 2017 Viper 640 Miami Bacardi Cup
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    Event Recap: 2017 Viper 640 Miami Bacardi Cup
    15 Mar 2017
    15 Mar 2017
    By John Dane III David Bolyard, Ullman Gulf Coast Loft Owner, and my son Schaeffer Dane returned to Miami where we had sailed together for the first time last year in Viper No. 135 that Pass Christian Yacht Club had purchased as part of the Gulf Yachting Association’s move to replace the Flying Scots as their Association boats. Knowing that last year’s competitors from Britain and Ireland were returning, along with all the US teams, we decided to get to Miami early and practice our teamwork and work on boat speed since I had been sidelined for 7 months after rotator...
  • Bruce Hollis of Ullman Sails Sydney
    Bruce Hollis Named Director of Design for Ullman Sails
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    Bruce Hollis Named Director of Design for Ullman Sails
    27 Jan 2017
    27 Jan 2017
    Ullman Sails announces that Bruce Hollis has been named Director of Design at Ullman Sails International, Inc., the licensing company of the Ullman Sails group.  Bruce steps into this role with a distinguished design resume of over four decades in sailmaking and design with programs ranging from 18 Footers to the America’s Cup. Hollis has been a lead designer and member of the Ullman Sails Advanced Design Team (ADT) for five years.  During this time Hollis has designed inventories for super yachts and high latitude explorers, inventories that have won National and World Championship titles, the Sydney Hobart Yacht...
  • The Ullman Challenge: A Tale of Perseverance
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    The Ullman Challenge: A Tale of Perseverance
    26 Jan 2017
    26 Jan 2017
    On January 1st, 2017, a great number of teams embarked on a trying test of endurance and speed from Cape Town, South Africa to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the classic Cape 2 Rio Yacht Race.  One team stood apart from the rest even before the start: a unique crew of skilled sailors from disadvantaged communities throughout South Africa.  This team, who sailed under the name ‘The Ullman Challenge,’ departed Cape Town in a modified ILC 40.  As they cast off, they set out on their dream – to challenge the most modern and sophisticated yachts in this historic...
  • #CruisingTopTip – Handling Damaged Sails
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    #CruisingTopTip – Handling Damaged Sails
    25 Jan 2017
    25 Jan 2017
    Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Brand Ambassador Decades ago while sailing from New Zealand to Chile aboard ‘Pelagic’, we made a fundamental mistake of rolling up a jib when a seam blew.  The immediate reaction was to mitigate the damage by furling it away.  A day later after the storm had subsided I spent a several hours aloft with a sharp knife stripping away what remained of the jib from head to tack – the sail shredded and had become tight on the stay with streamers resembling a Nepalese prayer flag, but without the colors.  It was a write off. There is...
  • Ullman Sails Announces 50th Anniversary Year in 2017
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    Ullman Sails Announces 50th Anniversary Year in 2017
    10 Jan 2017
    10 Jan 2017
    Ullman Sails is proud to announce its 50th Anniversary.  The sailmaker was originally founded in Southern California in 1967 by David Ullman, and has since expanded to include over 75 locations in 25 countries world-wide.  This year Ullman Sails will celebrate its milestones, reflect on its rich past, and launch forward into the next 50 years. “In the beginning it was unimaginable that Ullman Sails would achieve what it has,” said Ullman Sails Founder David Ullman.  “I am extremely proud of what the team at Ullman Sails has accomplished.  We have an exciting network of technical experts, designers, sailmakers, and...
  • Ullman Sails to Sponsor Cape 2 Rio Yacht Race Entry ‘The Ullman Challenge’
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    Ullman Sails to Sponsor Cape 2 Rio Yacht Race Entry ‘The Ullman Challenge’
    30 Dec 2016
    30 Dec 2016
    Ullman Sails is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Cape 2 Rio Yacht Race entry ‘The Ullman Challenge’.  The boat, a modified ILC 40, will be skippered by America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race veteran Andre Julius, and sailed by a unique crew of skilled sailors who come from disadvantaged communities throughout South Africa. The team will begin their race as part of Start Two of the 3,500-mile race, which takes place on January 1, 2017. The team is determined to follow their dream to challenge the most modern and sophisticated yachts in this historic and prestigious offshore race. ...
  • #CruisingTopTip – World Cruising Yacht Design Considerations
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    #CruisingTopTip – World Cruising Yacht Design Considerations
    16 Dec 2016
    16 Dec 2016
    Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Brand Ambassador I am continually dumbfounded by cruising yacht designs that are touted as ‘world cruisers.’  This moniker implies a yacht that is fit to sail the world’s oceans with some level of self-sufficiency, while also acting as a platform for seeking out extraordinary places and situations.   But almost without exception these designs, whether they are custom one-offs or from a series, are sold pretty much on available accommodation.  It is sort of like selling a house based on the number of bedrooms it has. The problem is that in order to justify what I believe to...
  • Ullman Sails December Pipeline
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    Ullman Sails December Pipeline
    1 Dec 2016
    1 Dec 2016
    Click here to download the December, 2016 version of the Pipeline – the official Ullman Sails Newsletter. Click here to subscribe to the Pipeline to receive the newsletter direct to your inbox!
  • Treat Your Boat Like Your Body
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    Treat Your Boat Like Your Body
    29 Nov 2016
    29 Nov 2016
    Wally Cross of Ullman Sails Detroit Annual Physicals Mandatory for Your Boat’s Health By Wally Cross, President of Ullman Sails Detroit Annual physicals are recommended for everyone from infants to teens and adults. Especially as I grow older, I realize the importance of making these appointments and following through with my doctor’s advice and tips. Leaving the office after my last physical, I began to think about how boats, just like bodies, need their own version of an annual exam. Every year take the time to examine your boat, crew, sails, electronics and more. This will allow you to keep your boat...
  • Ullman Sails November Pipeline
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    Ullman Sails November Pipeline
    1 Nov 2016
    1 Nov 2016
    Click here to download the November, 2016 version of the Pipeline – the official Ullman Sails Newsletter. Click here to subscribe to the Pipeline to receive the newsletter direct to your inbox!
  • Ullman Sails Announces New Expedition Series
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    Ullman Sails Announces New Expedition Series
    1 Nov 2016
    1 Nov 2016
    Ullman Sails is proud to announce the release of its new Expedition Series. These specialized sails are the pinnacle of high latitude sail equipment for serious offshore explorers and adventurers. Developed with five-time circumnavigator and sailing great Skip Novak, the sails are the only reliable solution for the world’s most extreme sailors. Expedition Series sails have been tested and proven over tens of thousands of miles in the world’s most extreme conditions - withstanding sustained winds over 60 knots, temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius, and high U.V. environments. “If you plan to sail high north or high south,...
  • Ullman Sails powered J/70 driving upwind
    Tips from the J/70 Corinthian Nationals
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    Tips from the J/70 Corinthian Nationals
    27 Oct 2016
    27 Oct 2016
    Over the weekend Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis, Maryland hosted the inaugural J/70 Corinthian Nationals proved to be a wild success with amazing conditions and almost 50 competitors. The Ullman Sails Newport Beach and Ullman Sails Annapolis teams had a phenomenal time getting to know the different teams and answering questions from that days racing and J/70 sailing. Corinthian sailing is something that hits home with the Ullman Sails Newport Beach loft boat recently claiming the top spot as 2016 Corinthian World Champions on 'USA 32'. Click here for the full report and tips learned at the event from Ullman Sails Newport Beach.
  • Ullman Sails Helps Power J/70 Worlds Podiums For 3rd Consecutive Year
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    Ullman Sails Helps Power J/70 Worlds Podiums For 3rd Consecutive Year
    7 Oct 2016
    7 Oct 2016
    Ullman Sails Helps Power J/70 Worlds Podiums For 3rd Consecutive Year Teams using Ullman Sails at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 World Championships filled half of the podium positions between the Overall and Corinthian Fleets, making this the third straight year that Ullman Sails has helped power 1st or 2nd place in the class’s world championships. This year's event, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, was one for the ages. 68 teams from 15 countries gathered on the famous Berkeley Circle for five days of intense competition.  Some of the notable sailors present were Americas Cup competitors, Olympic medal winners, and many of the top professional and...
  • #RacingTopTip – Managing Your Lane Downwind
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    #RacingTopTip – Managing Your Lane Downwind
    4 Oct 2016
    4 Oct 2016
    #RacingTopTip – Managing Your Lane Downwind Situation: You just rounded the weather mark and picked whether or not to do a bear-away set or jibe set.  You are looking at a long downwind leg.  What should you be thinking about now? Mange Your Lane Once you’ve decided to execute a bear-away set or a jibe set, you need to ensure you have clean air, and manage opportunities and risks while defending your lane.  To do this properly you need to know your jibing angles, how low you can take the boat without stalling out, and where the rest of the fleet is.  Throughout...
  • Leopard 40 Sailing and cruising with Ullman Sails
    Creating an Essentials Checklist for an Ocean Crossing
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    Creating an Essentials Checklist for an Ocean Crossing
    4 Oct 2016
    4 Oct 2016
    Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Brand Ambassador Any ocean crossing checklist should be exhaustive in view that you will be in the middle of the ocean with no recourse for re-supply or in getting any help whatsoever. Most comprehensive lists include both checks on the functionality and condition of primary systems, obtaining spares for each, and checks of various appliances.  On top of these steps, offshore checklists often include accoutrements that are not really necessary for a safe passage, but might be for a comfortable passage.  Therefore you need to separate everything into two lists:  the essentials and the non-essentials.  Here we...
  • #CruisingTopTip – Safety Below
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    #CruisingTopTip – Safety Below
    4 Oct 2016
    4 Oct 2016
    Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Brand Ambassador #CruisingTopTip – Safety Below Safety below decks is often neglected.  True you can’t fall off and be lost at sea when below, but you can seriously injure yourself.  The most common injuries, other than cuts and burns from galley operations, are from falls in big seas when the boat’s motion can become violent and unpredictable.  We have all seen it happen – people being thrown across the expanse of the main salon or pilot house without anything to grab on to or arrest a fall.  The classic mistake is to perch oneself on a settee on...
  • Ullman Sails October Pipeline
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    Ullman Sails October Pipeline
    1 Oct 2016
    1 Oct 2016
    Click here to download the October, 2016 version of the Pipeline – the official Ullman Sails Newsletter. Click here to subscribe to the Pipeline to receive the newsletter direct to your inbox!
  • MANAGING THE FLEET
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    MANAGING THE FLEET
    23 Sep 2016
    23 Sep 2016
    David Ullman, Founder and President of Ullman Sails This article originally appeared on Sailing World.  Click here to read the article on http://www.sailingworld.com/ There’s a method to maintaining or advancing your overall place in the regatta, and the process begins with managing your placement in the fleet. By Ullman Sails Founder and President David Ullman A big part of maintaining a lead is knowing your position in the event at all times, not just after you finish but during the race as well: If you are here, what does that mean? Or what do you have to do now, during this part of the...
  • Ullman Sails September Pipeline
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    Ullman Sails September Pipeline
    1 Sep 2016
    1 Sep 2016
    Click here to download the September, 2016 version of the Pipeline – the official Ullman Sails Newsletter. Click here to subscribe to the Pipeline to receive the newsletter direct to your inbox!
  • #RacingTopTip – Light Air Sailing Tactics
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    #RacingTopTip – Light Air Sailing Tactics
    25 Aug 2016
    25 Aug 2016
    #RacingTopTip – Light Air Sailing – Tactics Situation: You’ve just started a light air race; you’ve had an okay start but are being pinched off or are sitting in bad air.  How do you ensure you stay ahead of the competition? Clean Air and Clean Maneuvers The number one rule in light wind is to sail in clear air.  Clear air is a high priority in any condition, but in light air conditions sailing in dirty air can be extremely costly.  Find a clean lane first and then use your new found boat speed to maneuver around the course.  If you have someone...
  • #CruisingTopTip – Refits
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    #CruisingTopTip – Refits
    25 Aug 2016
    25 Aug 2016
    Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Brand Ambassador #CruisingTopTip – Refits – Do Less, Not More On the ‘Pelagic Australis’ we do an extensive annual refit that takes two to three months sandwiched in between a full-on charter season that takes us from Cape Town, South Africa down south to Patagonia, Antarctica and South Georgia; and back again.  Wear and tear is a given in these tough conditions and despite our simple systems and robust equipment, there is always a lot to do. The tendency is to try and do everything that needs doing all at once.  This could be a mistake.  The simple...
  • Ullman Sails August Pipeline
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    Ullman Sails August Pipeline
    1 Aug 2016
    1 Aug 2016
    Click here to download the August, 2016 version of the Pipeline – the official Ullman Sails Newsletter. Click here to subscribe to the Pipeline to receive the newsletter direct to your inbox!
  • #CruisingTopTip – Docking
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    #CruisingTopTip – Docking
    29 Jul 2016
    29 Jul 2016
    Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Brand Ambassador #CruisingTopTip – Docking Pick any day down at the marina.  If you’re in need of amusement, standing around watching people dock their boats is always worthwhile.  Having made all the mistakes myself, I know what it’s like to suffer casual spectator’s schadenfreude – you try to avoid eye contact and can almost hear the spectators’ sighs of satisfaction knowing they made a good decision to plant themselves on that bollard to watch. If you are really unlucky they’ll also give you some advice. So here is some. Like any maneuver it has to be all thought out. ...
  • #RacingTopTip – Bear-Away Set or Jibe Set
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    #RacingTopTip – Bear-Away Set or Jibe Set
    22 Jul 2016
    22 Jul 2016
    #RacingTopTip – Bear-Away Set or Jibe Set Situation: You’re on layline to the weather mark and planning your downwind leg. You’re leading a pack of eight boats to the mark and are weighing whether to do a bear-away set or a jibe set.  What should you be thinking about? Manage Risk and Reward As we all know, rounding the weather mark starts well before you reach the three boat-length circle of the upwind leg.  To set yourself up for success you must know your position in the fleet – how many boats are ahead of you, how many boats are behind you, what...
  • David Ullman Inducted into the USA's National Sailing Hall of Fame
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    David Ullman Inducted into the USA's National Sailing Hall of Fame
    11 Jul 2016
    11 Jul 2016
    This article was originally published by the USA's National Sailing Hall of Fame.  Click here to read the article on http://www.nshof.org/ Annapolis, Md. (July 11, 2016) – The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) today announced the nine people who will make up its 2016 class of inductees:  America’s Cup winning helmsman Ed Baird (St. Petersburg, Fla.); legendary sailing champion (Star Worlds, Congressional Cup and America’s Cup) Bill Ficker (Newport Beach, Calif.); husband and wife sail training pioneers, adventurers and authors Irving and Electa “Exy” Johnson (Hadley, Mass.); brothers and J/Boats founders, Robert Johnstone (Newport, R.I.) and Rodney Johnstone (Stonington, Conn.),...
  • TRUE IMPACT: ADVANCES IN SAIL TECHNOLOGY
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    TRUE IMPACT: ADVANCES IN SAIL TECHNOLOGY
    11 Jul 2016
    11 Jul 2016
    “You Have to Finish to Win” By Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Ambassador Throughout my long career in ocean racing I was always preoccupied with the well-known axiom “you have to finish to win.”  This implied no major breakdowns of equipment and sails were certainly part of that equation. The longer the ocean race, the more critical this rule became – wear and tear, and risk of gear failure goes up as distance sailed increases.  This is easy to understand.  Less evident is in a long race like the Volvo Ocean Race (formerly the Whitbread Round the World Race) is that gear failure...
  • #RacingTopTip – Approaching the Weather Mark
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    #RacingTopTip – Approaching the Weather Mark
    7 Jul 2016
    7 Jul 2016
    #RacingTopTip – Approaching the Weather Mark Situation: You’re entering the last 20% of the weather leg on port.  You could do a couple tacks and come in on port layline or extend and tack on starboard layline.  How do you make the decision? Evaluate Your Status and the Conditions Where you are in the fleet, how windy it is, the competitiveness of the fleet, and your team’s boat handling skill all come into play when looking at your approach to the top mark.  Often a quick evaluation of these variables answers the question for you.  Are you sailing with a heavy crew in...
  • Ullman Sails July Pipeline
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    Ullman Sails July Pipeline
    1 Jul 2016
    1 Jul 2016
    Click here to download the July, 2016 version of the Pipeline – the official Ullman Sails Newsletter. Click here to subscribe to the Pipeline to receive the newsletter direct to your inbox!
  • #CruisingTopTip - When You Have To Use Your Head
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    #CruisingTopTip - When You Have To Use Your Head
    1 Jul 2016
    1 Jul 2016
    Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Brand Ambassador From the lofty heights of sails and rigging, let’s lower way into the uncomfortable discussion of the marine toilet – the ‘head’ as it’s known to true seafarers. We have all been through it.  Other than abandoning ship there is nothing worse than a head’s blockage – especially offshore – and especially if you have only a single head as the blockage needs to be dealt with no matter the weather.  Like all things on boats, when heading off on a cruise it is best to anticipate this failure as it will inevitably happen at...
  • #RacingTopTip - An Okay Start: To Pinch or To Tack
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    #RacingTopTip - An Okay Start: To Pinch or To Tack
    3 Jun 2016
    3 Jun 2016
    #RacingTopTip - An Okay Start: To Pinch or To Tack Situation: The start gun goes off and you have an okay start, but a competitor is starting to pinch up from under you. Do you pinch with them or tack away? Determine Your Options When you’re in this position, it can be tempting to leap into action without seriously considering the consequences.  The first step is to quickly determine your options and what their impacts will be. Work with your crew to determine the following: What is the favored side of the course and what direction do you anticipate the next shift will be from? How...
  • #CruisingTopTip - When You Have to Release the Anchor Chain
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    #CruisingTopTip - When You Have to Release the Anchor Chain
    1 Jun 2016
    1 Jun 2016
    Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Brand Ambassador Articles on anchoring techniques appear in nautical forums ad nauseam – so I will now add to that list, as I haven’t done one in a while!  This one might save your boat. Have you ever been in the unenviable situation of dragging an anchor on a lee shore with a failed windless?  You should be able to raise the chain manually with chain hooks or even a rolling hitch with a line using your cockpit winches. But if this is too difficult or too late – now in extremis – the only solution is...
  • #RacingTopTip – Choose the Correct Mark
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    #RacingTopTip – Choose the Correct Mark
    1 Jun 2016
    1 Jun 2016
    #RacingTopTip – Choose the Correct Mark Situation: You are on approach to the leeward gate and trying to decide which mark to round. It is blowing 15knts and the wind recently shifted 5 degrees.  What are you doing and looking for now? Choose the Correct Mark At a leeward gate one mark is always favored for your team. Your favored mark is typically the one that is further upwind, gets you to the side of the course you want to be on, allows you to come out of the rounding in-phase, and/or allows you to best navigate the bad air caused by teams flying...
  • Ullman Sails June Pipeline
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    Ullman Sails June Pipeline
    1 Jun 2016
    1 Jun 2016
    Click here to download the June, 2016 version of the Pipeline – the official Ullman Sails Newsletter. Click here to subscribe to the Pipeline to receive the newsletter direct to your inbox!
  • Ullman Sails Puerto Vallarta Now Open
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    Ullman Sails Puerto Vallarta Now Open
    15 May 2016
    15 May 2016
    Ullman Sails is excited to announce the opening of its newest location, Ullman Sails Puerto Vallarta.  The newly constructed full service loft, located on the west coast of Mexico, provides new sails, canvas and sail service to the Mexican sailing community.  The loft is owned and operated by Guadalupe Dipp and Rodrigo Cuellar Dipp in Puerto Vallarta, along with Chuck Skewes and Kathy O’Brien from Ullman Sails San Diego in California. Guadalupe and Rodrigo are both avid sailors and bring extensive on-the-water experience to the loft team.  Guadalupe, one of the founding members of Vallarta Yacht Club, has cruised extensively...
  • #CruisingTopTip - How and When to do a Rig Check
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    #CruisingTopTip - How and When to do a Rig Check
    1 May 2016
    1 May 2016
    Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Brand Ambassador It is common practice to do a rig check before setting sail on a passage. This is entirely malpractice. Rather, the rig check should be done immediately upon completion of your last passage. It is often hard to muster the energy to immediately go aloft, not least of all convincing what might be an exhausted crew to grind you up there. It is vital though to know what if anything is wrong, so you have time to rectify it. This usually means replacing parts or possibly fabricating a bracket from scratch. I start the detailed inspection at the top, but on...
  • Ullman Sails May Pipeline
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    Ullman Sails May Pipeline
    1 May 2016
    1 May 2016
    Click here to download the May, 2016 version of the Pipeline - the official Ullman Sails Newsletter. Click here to subscribe to the Pipeline to receive the newsletter direct to your inbox!