Welcome to UK Sailmakers

Founded in 1946 in New York City as Ulmer Sails, UK Sailmakers is one of the world's most established groups of sail makers with nearly 50 lofts and service centers. It is our goal to deliver sails using the most advanced design technologies and materials. Our lofts retain the personal touch that sailors expect since all UK Sailmakers lofts are owned by local sailors, who know the needs of their sailing communities. That's why each loft prides itself in providing quick, high-quality service along with well-designed, long-lasting sails.

Lawson Shaw Joins UK Sailmakers Fremantle

Today it’s hard to find staff with the same passion as ourselves, so it’s with great pleasure I introduce a young man with a passion for sailing, Lawson Shaw.

Lawson has been sailing since he can remember. There are photos of him at about age four on John Bailey’s S80. He jumped into his first Optimist at age seven. During his time sailing the Optimist, Lawson also jumped onto John’s new S97 Hijera whenever he could.  Lawson knew dinghies where fun and a good learning experience but it was clear from an early age he much preferred the bow of a keel boat. By about age 14 he was the primary bowman on the S97.

Four seasons ago Lawson made the step into offshore racing. It started with a few day races through Cockburn Sound and out to Rottnest and then a few months later, he sailed his first Geraldton Race. Lawson said, “It was a big learning curve, but since then it’s been up and up sailing on many different boats in all the major races on this coast as well as an east coast event. Offshore Sailing taught me to be able to fit into a crew in more roles than just as the bowman, which has been an awesome experience allowing me to share what I’ve learnt with the people I sail with and now hopefully UK Sailmakers clients.”

Lawson explained why he recently made the move into sailmaking, “I was looking for something that I would enjoy doing every day and for me being able to help clients get the most out of their boats, both by providing them with quality products and service, as well as getting out on the water is the best job I can think of.”

“When I’m not sailing or in the sail loft (not that there’s much time outside of both these loves) I’ll usually be found hanging out with my mates or relaxing with family, usually it’ll have something to do with the water too.”

“I have enjoyed my short time so far at UK Sailmakers, I look forward to learning more and being able to help to the best of my ability each and every one of our clients both present and new.

Geoff Bishop the owner of UK Sailmakers Fremantle loves Lawson's attitude and passion for sailing. "I can really see his desire to learn and get better everyday, which will help build a great career."

News: Phil "Phizzle" Houghton joins UK Sailmakers in New Zealand

UK Sailmakers New Zealand is located in the marine hub two hours north of Auckland. Whangarei is the destination for cruisers who cross the Pacific to be out of the cyclone belt for the summer months. The loft is run by Phil "Phizzle" Houghton who has vast sailmaking experience that goes back 33 to making sails for New Zealand’s first America’s Cup challenger, KZ1, in 1986 as well as for the Whitbread maxi’s STEINLAGER I and II. He was also the shore sailmaker for YAMAHA, which won the Whitbread 60 class in the 1993-1994 Whitbread Round the World Race. Before joining the UK Sailmakers group, Phizzle oversaw the superyacht services for Doyle Sailmakers. His racing experience is vast with thousands of miles of ocean races that include Sydney to Hobart races, races to Fiji and Noumea as well as major international race weeks including Key West and Hamilton Island. And, if that isn’t tough enough, twice he raced double-handed around New Zealand’s North Island. Call or stop by the loft to talk about sail service, sail handling or even new sails!

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