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  • Ullman Sails September/October Pipeline Newsletter
    Ullman Sails September/October Pipeline Newsletter
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    2 Nov 2017
    2 Nov 2017
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  • #Cruising Top Tip - Skip Novak
    #Cruising Top Tip - Skip Novak
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    31 Oct 2017
    31 Oct 2017
    #Cruisingtoptip - Boarding 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...
  • Ullman Sails Melges 24 customers racing at the Chilean National Championships featuring a FiberPath Inventory
    #RacingTopTip - Make the Most of Weekday Racing
    #RacingTopTip - Make the Most of Weekday Racing
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    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
    Ullman Sails August Pipeline Newsletter
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    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
    Ullman Sails Canary Islands Now Open
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    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...
  • #CruisingTopTip - Watch What the Machine Does, Not the Machine.
    #CruisingTopTip - Watch What the Machine Does, Not the Machine.
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    27 Mar 2017
    27 Mar 2017
    Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Brand Ambassador There is a fundamental relationship between operating any machine and observing what the machine is actually doing. Take an electric drill or a circular saw – you wouldn’t think about taking your eyes off the work.   Driving any vehicle is a given - eyes on the road - or else. It is interesting watching many sailors, the less experienced being the worst offenders, winding away on a winch.  The sailors will only watch the winch itself, not what the winch is actually manipulating. We have all seen it, the winch becomes the focus rather than the...
  • Offshore Racing Offers Opportunity to Unplug, Refresh
    Offshore Racing Offers Opportunity to Unplug, Refresh
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    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
    Event Recap: 2017 Viper 640 Miami Bacardi Cup
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    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
    Bruce Hollis Named Director of Design for Ullman Sails
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    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
    The Ullman Challenge: A Tale of Perseverance
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    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
    #CruisingTopTip – Handling Damaged Sails
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    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
    Ullman Sails Announces 50th Anniversary Year in 2017
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    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 sailing great David Ullman, and has since expanded to include over 75 locations in 29 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 President and Founder David Ullman.  “I am extremely proud of what the team at Ullman Sails has accomplished.  We have an exciting network of technical...
  • Ullman Sails to Sponsor Cape 2 Rio Yacht Race Entry ‘The Ullman Challenge’
    Ullman Sails to Sponsor Cape 2 Rio Yacht Race Entry ‘The Ullman Challenge’
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    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
    #CruisingTopTip – World Cruising Yacht Design Considerations
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    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
    Ullman Sails December Pipeline
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    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
    Treat Your Boat Like Your Body
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    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
    Ullman Sails November Pipeline
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    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
    Ullman Sails Announces New Expedition Series
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    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
    Tips from the J/70 Corinthian Nationals
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    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
    Ullman Sails Helps Power J/70 Worlds Podiums For 3rd Consecutive Year
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    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
    #RacingTopTip – Managing Your Lane Downwind
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    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
    Creating an Essentials Checklist for an Ocean Crossing
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    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
    #CruisingTopTip – Safety Below
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    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
    Ullman Sails October Pipeline
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    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
    MANAGING THE FLEET
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    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
    Ullman Sails September Pipeline
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    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
    #RacingTopTip – Light Air Sailing Tactics
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    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
    #CruisingTopTip – Refits
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    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
    Ullman Sails August Pipeline
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    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
    #CruisingTopTip – Docking
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    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
    #RacingTopTip – Bear-Away Set or Jibe Set
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    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
    David Ullman Inducted into the USA's National Sailing Hall of Fame
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    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
    TRUE IMPACT: ADVANCES IN SAIL TECHNOLOGY
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    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
    #RacingTopTip – Approaching the Weather Mark
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    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
    Ullman Sails July Pipeline
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    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
    #CruisingTopTip - When You Have To Use Your Head
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    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
    #RacingTopTip - An Okay Start: To Pinch or To Tack
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    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
    #CruisingTopTip - When You Have to Release the Anchor Chain
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    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
    #RacingTopTip – Choose the Correct Mark
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    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
    Ullman Sails June Pipeline
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    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
    Ullman Sails Puerto Vallarta Now Open
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    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
    #CruisingTopTip - How and When to do a Rig Check
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    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
    Ullman Sails May Pipeline
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    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!     
  • #RacingTopTip – Get the Spinnaker Down
    #RacingTopTip – Get the Spinnaker Down
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    28 Apr 2016
    28 Apr 2016
    #RacingTopTip – Get the Spinnaker Down Situation: You are on approach to the leeward gate, your boat just entering the three boat-length circle and its blowing 15knts.  What are you doing and looking for now? Get the Spinnaker Down Many teams focus on the boats around them and getting an extra half boat length advantage by leaving up the spinnaker for as long as possible (2b).  Too often these teams overestimate their boat handling abilities and mess up the spinnaker retrieval (or as we say in Australia – the ‘Drop’).  In the best cases these teams have a wide, sloppy rounding.  In the...
  • David Ullman Selected as US Sailing’s 2015 National Coach of the Year
    David Ullman Selected as US Sailing’s 2015 National Coach of the Year
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    25 Apr 2016
    25 Apr 2016
    Originally Released by US Sailing on April 25, 2016 - original article can be found by clicking here. Portsmouth, R.I. – After soliciting nominations from the public, US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) today announced David Ullman (Newport Beach, Calif.) as US Sailing’s 2015 National Coach of the Year, and Steve Keen (Stamford, Conn.) as US Sailing’s 2015 Development Coach of the Year. Each year, the OSC honors coaches who have distinguished themselves at the youth, national and international levels. The awards are a part of the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Coach Recognition Program, which highlights the accomplishments and contributions of...
  • Ullman Sails April Pipeline
    Ullman Sails April Pipeline
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    1 Apr 2016
    1 Apr 2016
    Click here to download the April, 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 has built many Classic Series Sails for the United States Coast Guard Cutter 'Eagle'
    Building the USCG Eagle’s Sails
    Building the USCG Eagle’s Sails
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    31 Mar 2016
    31 Mar 2016
    This article originally appeared on SpinSheet.  Click here to read the article on http://www.spinsheet.com/ It’s taken more than 15,000 hand stitches to attach the boltrope along the perimeter of the U.S. Coast Guard’s 295-foot Eagle’s new mainsail and more than 300 hours to complete that one sail. “The amount of handwork that goes into the sails gives us an appreciation for the machines we use today,” says Justin Ailsworth, lead sailmaker at Ullman Sails in Deltaville, VA, where the Eagle project has been under way since November and due to be completed by the end of January. Owner Jerry Latell explains that the...
  • #CruisingTopTip - Line Chafe
    #CruisingTopTip - Line Chafe
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    1 Feb 2016
    1 Feb 2016
    Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Brand Ambassador A well set up deck should have eliminated chafe on running rigging completely – but that is almost a utopian situation.  Rather it is a problem that needs constant vigilance.  In the days of inexpensive polyester rope, which was the only show in town, it was worse as that stretchy material would easily saw through itself on almost any object.  Today’s modern fibers, due to having hardly any stretch at all, are less prone.  However, if you do chafe them beyond repair the cost is serious! There is no excuse for chafe on the lines...
  • Ullman Sails February Pipeline
    Ullman Sails February Pipeline
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    1 Feb 2016
    1 Feb 2016
    Click here to download the February, 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 HELPS POWER TP52 'BALANCE' TO SYDNEY HOBART WIN
    ULLMAN SAILS HELPS POWER TP52 'BALANCE' TO SYDNEY HOBART WIN
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    21 Jan 2016
    21 Jan 2016
    Congratulations to Ullman Sails customer Paul Clitheroe and his team on TP52 Balance, which claimed the overall victory in the toughest edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (RSHYR) in over a decade! Owner/Skipper Clitheroe and his crew also took first overall in their respective divisions in IRC and ORC. The Balance team worked closely with the Ullman Sails team in preparation for the event – 9 of the 12 sails (and all of the new sails) used in the race were designed, engineered and built by Ullman Sails. The RSHYR – a 628nm course from Sydney, Australia to...
  • Dan Knight of Ullman Sails Chicago
    ULLMAN SAILS EXPANDS TO CHICAGO WITH DAN KNIGHT
    ULLMAN SAILS EXPANDS TO CHICAGO WITH DAN KNIGHT
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    14 Jan 2016
    14 Jan 2016
    Ullman Sails is excited to announce the addition of sailing industry veteran Dan Knight, based in Chicago, IL, to the Ullman Sails team. Dan will provide new sails, canvas, and sail service to the Chicago sailing community, expanding access to Ullman Sails’ comprehensive support in the Great Lakes. “My familiarity with many different boats and knowledge of rigging will help sailors optimize their sailing experience,” said Dan. “Whether their passion is racing or cruising. I look forward to helping bring Ullman Sails to Chicago area sailors and deliver to them a superior product at a fair price.” Dan has long been...
  • #CruisingTopTip - Testing Your Systems
    #CruisingTopTip - Testing Your Systems
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    1 Jan 2016
    1 Jan 2016
    Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Brand Ambassador If your boat has been marina bound for any length of time, it might be optimistic to think that all your mechanical systems will function at the first press of a button.  A salt water environment and a static electrical or mechanical piece of equipment might need dock testing and fiddling with to make them light up.  Much more sensible doing this then than out in the ocean underway, upside down in the bilge. Same goes for sail control systems.  I would always suggest that if you have a calm period, before departure, run the...
  • #CruisingTopTip - Knots knots knots
    #CruisingTopTip - Knots knots knots
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    1 Dec 2015
    1 Dec 2015
    Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Brand Ambassador I believe the Boy Scouts syllabus still promotes that most useless of knots – the sheepshank.  It was outdated when I was a scout and somehow has persisted, in spite of my efforts in Cape Town of late to swap it for something useful like the truckers hitch.  They still have the round turn and two half hitches, though which I heartedly agree with. We’ve all been there.  “More slack . . . give me slack . . . .  slack fer’ christ sake!!” Untying a bowline under load is of course impossible.  So I hereby...
  • Alan Roura of Switzerland aboard a Class 40 competing in the Transat Jacques Vabre with Ullman Sails
    EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ALAN ROURA AND THE TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE
    EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ALAN ROURA AND THE TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE
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    18 Nov 2015
    18 Nov 2015
    Few find the courage to take on transatlantic crossings. Fewer are driven to take the crossing on as a race. A smaller group still chooses to compete singlehanded. The smallest group perhaps is composed of those who race across the Atlantic, singlehanded under the age of 25. Meet Alan Roura. Alan, who is 22 years old, already has 70,000 miles behind him of which 20,000 were undertaken solo. Alan and his co-skipper Juliette Pêtrès took on this year’s Transat Jacques Vabre aboard the Class 40 ‘Club 103’ powered by Ullman Sails. Both Alan and Juliette are safe, but regrettably they sustained...
  • #CruisingTopTip - Furling or Reefing Downwind
    #CruisingTopTip - Furling or Reefing Downwind
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    1 Nov 2015
    1 Nov 2015
    Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Brand Ambassador When reefing the mainsail we all know that heading up slightly, easing the mainsheet to take the load off the sail, and letting it luff, all makes the maneuver easier.  But, if you are running downwind and the sea state is already on the up, heading up into the wind to reef can be dramatic and at times an unsafe practice. The ability to reef downwind with the sail under load, especially in heavy air and big seas, is important to be able to achieve.  To do this, give the halyard plenty of ease and...
  • Wally Cross, Mike Boston, and Ian Pouliot of Ullman Sails Detroit
    ULLMAN SAILS DETROIT JOINS ULLMAN SAILS
    ULLMAN SAILS DETROIT JOINS ULLMAN SAILS
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    4 Oct 2015
    4 Oct 2015
    Ullman Sails is excited to announce the opening of its newest location, Ullman Sails Detroit. The full service loft, based on the northeast shore of Lake St. Clair in the Charter Township of Clinton, provides new sails, canvas and sail service to the Detroit and broader Great Lakes sailing communities. The loft team includes Wally Cross, Mike Boston, and Ian Pouliot – an experienced, local team with over 90 years of collective sailmaking expertise. “After 42 years in the sailmaking business I am confident that Ullman Sails provides the best total value to any sailing customer,” said Ullman Sails Detroit...
  • #CruisingTopTip - Furling Headsails
    #CruisingTopTip - Furling Headsails
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    1 Oct 2015
    1 Oct 2015
    Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Brand Ambassador When cruising, it is pointless to furl or unfurl your headsails while the sail is powered up in breeze.  It is important to make furling as easy as possible on your system (whether manual or electric/hydraulic).  Therefore, to furl while sailing upwind you must ease the sheet until the sail partially flogs.  This is not great for the sail material, and if you lose control of the sheet the flogging can become dramatic, risking a blowout. Thus, when you are preparing to furl it is best to steer so that the wind and sea are...
  • Ullman Sails powered J/70 driving upwind
    2015 J/70 NORTH AMERICANS DEBRIEF – ULLMAN SAILS Q&A
    2015 J/70 NORTH AMERICANS DEBRIEF – ULLMAN SAILS Q&A
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    30 Sep 2015
    30 Sep 2015
    Erik Brockmann of Ullman Sails Mexico Scott Steele of Ullman Sails Annapolis Greg Koski of Ullman Sails Cleveland The Green Flash J/70 North American Championships wrapped up this weekend after four days of fierce competition in San Diego, California. Erik Brockmann of Ullman Sails Mexico, Scott Steele of Ullman Sails Annapolis and Greg Koski of Ullman Sails Cleveland sat down to reflect on the event, and how the fleet was pushed to sail at peak performance. From the results it’s clear that the competition was intense. Everyone on the podium had at least one double-digit finish in the event. How was it to...
  • Ullman Sails powered J/70s driving upwind
    J/70 NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW
    J/70 NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW
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    21 Sep 2015
    21 Sep 2015
    Greg Koski of Ullman Sails Cleveland By Greg Koski, Ullman Sails Cleveland Greg Koski, a veteran in the J/70 class and owner of Ullman Sails Cleveland, gives an update on the upcoming J/70 North Americans and a look at what competitors should expect.  Greg covers the depth of talent in the fleet, the weather, and offers insights into the different courses and race management – gleaned from his participation in the J/70 Tune Up Regatta hosted by SDYC September 12-13. The J/70 class is gearing up for their third North American Championships, this year in sunny San Diego, California.  The event, which...
  • Saffier using Ullman Sails Voyager Series Sails
    #CruisingTopTip - When to Reef
    #CruisingTopTip - When to Reef
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    1 Sep 2015
    1 Sep 2015
    Skip Novak, Ullman Sails Brand Ambassador While racing the time to reef can, and should, be determined more or less precisely via your polar diagrams.  Some simple tests will also suffice to range in on the cut-off wind speeds - that goes for taking out the reefs as well!  When cruising it is a different story. We all know what it’s like when left too late.  A struggle.  Not to mention the possibility of having an out of control sail and the risk of damage. Reefing should always be done well in advance of when you actually need it.  Make reefing...