“My best time ever was at the 1980 470 World Championships in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The event was just after the USA announced its boycott of the 1980 Olympics (meaning the regatta would be our Olympics). Tom Linksey and I dominated the regatta and won without needing to race the last day. But that final day turned out to be the most fun I have ever had sailing - a perfect, beautiful day on the water with the whole town turning out, all extremely friendly and supportive.”
David is the Founder of Ullman Sails International, the licensing company of the Ullman Sails group. He opened the first Ullman Sails loft in Newport Beach, California in 1967 and over 50 years has built a trusted international sailmaking group with sailmaking experts in over 80 locations worldwide.
On the water David is a decorated sailor who has earned four World Championships titles in the 470 class (’77, ’78 and ’80) and Melges 24 (’07); over 30 hemisphere, national and regional championship titles; and was named Rolex Yachtsman of the Year in 1996. In addition, he is an S.O.R.C./Admiral’s Cup class-winning skipper, a U.S. Team Racing champion, a U.S. Men’s National Champion (Mallory Cup) and a five-time Southern California Lipton Cup Champion (1992-1997). He coached and sailed for the 2000 America’s Cup team “America True” as well as coached the 2003 America’s Cup team “Oracle”. And he has coached extensively for U.S. Olympic sailing teams (bronze and silver medals in the 470 class). In July of 2016 David Ullman was inducted into the USA’s National Sailing Hall of Fame for his lifetime of dedication to and positive impact on the sport of sailing.
David is recognized both on and off the racecourse for his integrity and leadership. His vision and values are the foundation of Ullman Sails and continue to the drive the philosophy and culture of the Ullman Sails group.
- 4x World Champion (470 and Melges 24)
- 32x National and North American Champion
- 4x Olympic Coach and 2x America’s Cup Coach
- 56 Years of Sailmaking Experience
- Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Dog Owner
- Eats pancakes for breakfast on days that need extra luck