- Hometown: Berwyn, Illinois
Cape Town, South Africa
Ullman Sails is very proud to have Skip Novak as the Brand Ambassador for Ullman Sails. He is a great adventurer and sails on many expeditions to Antartica and has been awarded the Blue Water Medal from the Cruising Club of America for his life time of voyaging to high latitudes. In January of 2016, the Royal Cruising Club in the UK awarded Skip the prestigious Tilman Medal which is awarded in memory of Bill Tillman who was a Himalayan climber and an expedition sailor.
Skip has circumnavigated the world 5 times and is also a great mountaineer and authors many articles about sailing in harsh conditions.
He grew up on the Great Lakes and enjoyed racing from port-to-port which he believes has been fundamental to his sailing career. He thoroughly enjoys the adventure of sailing and it is his greatest passion. Skip also has years of experience in racing, especially the European racing circuit. His main focus though is exploration and his first around the world race was the 1977-1978 edition of the Whitbread voyage in which he took second place.
With all of these challenges and experience Skip is a valuable part of the Ullman team.