SAIL AND CANVAS WINTER SERVICE (It is not too late) For Racers and Cruisers

While you are decommissioning your boat at the end of the season, don't forget to take your sails off the boat. The best place to store them is at our loft in our heated storage lockers after they have been washed and checked over. Howie McMichael photo.

UK Sailmakers New York is your full service loft for sail repairs, sail storage and sail replacements. We offer:

  • Free pick up and delivery from local boat yards and yacht clubs
  • Free storage for washed sails and canvas when invoice is paid within 14 days
  • Quality Repairs on ALL BRANDS OF SAILS
  • Sail De-Rigging and Installation
  • Careful inspection of all edges, corners, seams, batten pockets, luff tapes and luff hardware, and UV covers. We will call if we find a major repair is needed.
  • Professional Sail and Canvas Cleaning
  • New Tell Tales
  • On-site storage in dry, climate heated lockers

We will help you protect your investment in your boat’s primary source of propulsion.

TREAT YOUR SAILS RIGHT THIS WINTER CONTACT UK SAILMAKERS

Since 1946 located at:
175 City Island Ave.
City Island, New York 10464
Phone: (718) 885-1700
newyork@uksailmakers.com
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SMOOTH SUMMER SAILING FOR 2017 STARTS WITH WINTER SERVICE FROM UK SAILMAKERS NEW YORK

It's been a great summer and unfortunately, old man winter is knocking at the door all too soon. Smooth summer sailing next year depends on proper preventative maintenance this winter. When you put your boat away, don't forget to send your sails and canvas to UK Sailmakers New York for the service that includes washing, inspection, repair and storage in our climate controlled storage facilities.

UK Sailmakers Winter Service is designed to look for the wearing effects of UV sunlight, luffing and flogging, tacking and jibing on your sails. We seek out the small problems before they can turn into big headaches next summer.

We clean, repair and re-cut all brands of sails.

To set the wheels in motion all you need to do is bring your sails and canvas to the loft on City Island or contact us at (718) 885-1700 about having them up picked up. You can even ship your sails to our loft.

DON’T LEAVE YOUR SAILS EXPOSED TO THE WINTER WINDS

With the season drawing to a close, this is a reminder to have your sails serviced over the coming winter so they're ready to go next spring. Instead of leaving your sails exposed to the elements, have them washed, inspected, repaired and stored in our climate-controlled storage facility.
Never leave your sails exposed to the elements on the boom or furled around the headstay all winter. UK Sailmakers Winter Service is much better for your sails than abandoning them to the icy winter winds that will try to rip them to shreds. And if a shredded furling genoa is not bad enough, a flogging genoa has a good chance of blowing a boat off its jack- stands leading to disastrous results.

If you think stuffing your sails below for the winter is a good plan, think again. Sails left in your boat are exposed to mildew and extreme temperature swings from cold to frigid. If you are storing your sails yourself, keep them dry and warm. A dry basement is better than a cold garage.

CLEAN SAILS LAST LONGER

A big part of prolonging the life of your sails is keeping them clean. Salt and some airborne contaminates can cause mildew and actual damage to the fabrics/laminates so cleaning is certainly something to consider. At UK Sailmakers New York, your sails will be professionally cleaned using the right detergents in state of the art equipment. Then they are dried, folded and stored.

UK Sailmakers Winter Service starts with a detailed inspection of your sails. We typically accomplish minor repairs on the spot. If we come across something major, we'll give you a call with our assessment of what should be done and give you an estimate of the cost.

We check batten pockets, luff tapes, furling covers, seams, leech cords, the works. No detail escapes our attention. By dropping your sails off now, you know that they will be ready for a trouble free sailing season next year.

UK Sailmakers New York has pick up locations all over the area and if you don't know of one near you, call us at 718-885-1700 and we'll help you locate one. 

ROLLER FURLING SAILS SERVICE ALERT

The stitching and webbing at the head and tack of furling genoas and at clew of furling mainsails is exposed to sunlight all the time, which leads to deterioration. Unfortunately, this loss of strength is virtually invisible to the eye and usually only shows up when the stitching or webbing fails completely. This almost always occurs when a good breeze is blowing, which makes the failure dramatic and very inconvenient.

The first step in avoiding these problems is to have these parts of your sails checked and repaired on a regular basis by your sailmaker. Think of it as changing the oil in your car! In the early years of your sails, this will just mean re-stitching the webbing. However, after three or four years the webbing should be completely replaced.

Given the upcoming change of season, it's a perfect time to have your sails checked. If you have a roller furling genoa and/or a roller furling mainsail, assume the worst and have the stitching and webbing gone over and repaired. You'll be glad you did!

Also, you should know, that UK Sailmakers puts the UV cover over the webbing braids to protect them from the sun. See the top right picture and compare it to the sail with the green cover made by another sailmaker. Details like this may make a UK Sailmakers sail cost more upfront, but quality details like this show that all sails are not alike. Quality details make sails that last longer and allow you to sail stress free because no one wants to have a sail failure while out with family or friends. 

SILVERRUDDER RACE: WORLD'S LARGEST SINGLEHANDED RACE

In four short years, Denmark's 140-mile Silverrudder Race has grown from 15 tough contestants to over 400 sailors, making it the world's largest singlehanded distance race. The race goes around the Danish island of Fyn and the course is a combination of coastal sailing as well as navigating narrow passes with flushing currents. Phenomenal growth like this should make other race organizers around the world take notice. The race is sailed annually starting on the autumn equinox. Most of the boats come from Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Croatia making it a truly international event.

Whether the draw is singlehanded distance racing, sailing around islands, sailing through narrow passages, or the challenge of constant sail changes, every race organizer looking to increase participation should read the following report written by UK Sailmakers Germany's Stefan Voss who sailed his X332 DOGMATIX.

DOGMATIC approaching the starting line as the slower boats, that have already started, attempt to make progress against the strong current off of SVENDBORG.

DOGMATIC approaching the starting line as the slower boats, that have already started, attempt to make progress against the strong current off of SVENDBORG.

 "The start and finish is in Svendborg, on the extreme southern point of the island, which is on a very narrow sound with a ton of tidal current. Starting and finishing is very tricky! The picture above shows the first class trying to make ground against the ripping current.

"The boat sizes vary from 18-footers up to 45-footers as well as multihulls, all divided into seven classes. There are no RATING at all, just winners in each of the classes. Everything is allowed (except for running the engine of course). The small boats start the race at 0800 and other groups follow every 30 minutes finishing with the big multihulls at 1200.

"My first attempt at the race was a fantastic adventure. The first few miles were an unbelievable scene as I gybed back and forth with the spinnaker through tight crowds in the very narrow pass between islands. Twelve hours later, when in total darkness on a tough 40-mile beat in 16 to 20 knots, I was still surrounded by red and green running lights. Very cool!

"I had too much adrenaline to get sleepy; too much competition to relax. I made five spinnaker changes on a tight reach between midnight and 0600, all that moving around kept me awake," said Stefan Voss, skipper of the X332 DOGMATIX.

"I had too much adrenaline to get sleepy; too much competition to relax. I made five spinnaker changes on a tight reach between midnight and 0600, all that moving around kept me awake," said Stefan Voss, skipper of the X332 DOGMATIX.

"I ended up 19th out of 390 keelboats and 7th in the 63-boat Medium Keelboat Class 2, which made me extremely happy. My time on the course was 23 hours 47 minutes and 20 seconds. The first place boat in my class beat me across the line by 5 minutes and 41 seconds. First overall went to an X43 in the Extra Large Keelboat Class, which sailed around Fyn in 22 hours 48 minutes and 12 seconds, just about one hour faster than my X332. By the way, I did beat the XP44 XAR by more than 3 minutes, which was third in the Extra Large Keelboat class.

"UK Sailmakers was well represented on the course by good racing cruising sails and tough singlehanders! The biggest success went to Wolle Heibeck with his Open 32 canting keel carbon one off named BLACK MAGGY, which was the leading the pack with the Open 40 RED.

The Open 32 BLACK MAGGY, sailed a fantastic race, but could not seal the deal. Her skipper Wolle Heibeck stared at the finish line, under the bridge, for three hours while hanging on his anchor waiting for the wind to return. 

The Open 32 BLACK MAGGY, sailed a fantastic race, but could not seal the deal. Her skipper Wolle Heibeck stared at the finish line, under the bridge, for three hours while hanging on his anchor waiting for the wind to return. 

"Unfortunately they ended up anchored 200 meters from the finish line as the breeze went flat and a strong current tried to push them away from the line! (see the photo of BLACK MAGGY anchored in front of the finish line, which is the bridge in front of her.) After being anchored for nearly 3 hours, they were passed by the slower boats that came up with the new wind. In fact, BLACK MAGGY finished one place behind me in the Medium Keelboat 2 class after being so far ahead.

"I had too much adrenaline to get sleepy; too much competition to relax. I made five spinnaker changes on a tight reach between midnight and 6 am, all that moving around kept me awake.

"The only fast boat that did not struggle was the overall winning Multihull, a one off, sailed by Jens Quorning (owner of DRAGONFLY Multihull company) who finished with the unbelievable time of 15 hours 34 minutes!

"But the Silverrudder Race is more than a race; it's an adventure of sailing singlehanded around an island with partly open water and many narrow passages. By the way, I have the greatest respect for the guys sailing the smallest boats that took more than 40 hours to finish.  I promise you they could not sleep either. " 

2300-MILE X-DRIVE TEST DRIVE

WESTERLY's X-Drive main and Tape-Drive No. 3. Jill Fitz Hirschbold photo. 

WESTERLY's X-Drive main and Tape-Drive No. 3. Jill Fitz Hirschbold photo. 

The 2016 edition of the 2,300-mile Victoria to Maui race proved to be a barnburner with the first three boats to finish beating the record of 9 days and 2 hours set by the Santa Cruz 70 GRAND ILLUSION in 2000. UK Sailmakers Northwest's Stuart and Joy Dahlgren's Cruz 70 WESTERLY, sailing with the biggest UK X-Drive sail built to date (her mainsail) was third across the line and completed the course in 8 days, 17 hours and 32 minutes, about 5 hours ahead of Grand Illusion’s 2000 run. Stuart and Joy own the UK Sailmakers loft in Sidney, British Columbia, and they wanted to test the limits of X-Drive on their own boat...not on a customer's boat...to see how well X-Drive performs on bigger boats. 

"The X-Drive main looked great after over 2,000 miles of hard racing. We continue to notice that the X-Drive sails appear to have the same durability that we loved in Tape-Drive, but with a smoother more stable flying shape especially noticeable in the leech,” noted Dahlgren. Speaking of Tape-Drive, WESTERLY's 2012 Tape-Drive mainsail made the delivery trip home totally unscathed. This sail now has two Van Isle 360’s (560 miles), a Hawaii return delivery (2300 miles) along with almost four seasons of regular sailing. The Tape-Drive main is not as smooth as it once was, it still has a nice shape and is completely structurally sound. It will be used for “club racing” and local sailing and deliveries.

 

FEATURED LOFT: UK SAILMAKERS MARINA DEL REY

For more than three decades Oliver McCann has been providing new sails and service to an ever-growing list of loyal customers in the Los Angeles, California area. Oliver has been running a UK Sailmakers loft in Los Angeles' Marina del Rey for over 20 years and for a decade before that he was making sails under his own name at the same location. Maria Moran has been expertly repairing sails and serving customers at the loft for over 20 years. Together, they strive to offer sailors the best sails and service available at a fair price.

The Tayana 47 Wind Dancer sailed to Hawaii and back with her UK Sailmakers HydraNet Radial main and dacron genoa and staysail. Oliver recommended HyrdaNet for the main since it is the sail that is up 100% of the time the boat is sailing.

The Tayana 47 Wind Dancer sailed to Hawaii and back with her UK Sailmakers HydraNet Radial main and dacron genoa and staysail. Oliver recommended HyrdaNet for the main since it is the sail that is up 100% of the time the boat is sailing.

Oliver's long background in sailing on all types of yachts gives him an unusually valuable perspective toward advising customers on their sail and sail handling needs. He takes pride in setting up sailboats to be handled with the least effort and greatest efficiency, maximizing sailing enjoyment...something his customers greatly have appreciated.

Left: Whitney Green's Jeanneau 43 PACIFIC finished 1st in class in the 2016 Pacific Cup with a complete UK Sailmakers inventory. Right: Al Berg's Farr 395 GHOST II finished 1st in class in the 2016 Berger Series, also with a complete UK inventory.

Left: Whitney Green's Jeanneau 43 PACIFIC finished 1st in class in the 2016 Pacific Cup with a complete UK Sailmakers inventory. Right: Al Berg's Farr 395 GHOST II finished 1st in class in the 2016 Berger Series, also with a complete UK inventory.

UK Sailmakers has an excellent racing record on Santa Monica Bay. From consistent Sunset Series winners over the years, to winners in the Berger, Stein, Pacific Cup, Santa Barbara to King Harbor, Ensenada, and Transpac races, UK Sailmakers provides sails and advice for many, many winning campaigns. Whether cruising or racing, or both, don't hesitate to seek Oliver's advice, which is always offered with a smile, and free of obligation.



 

 

 

FINN SEPTUAGENARIAN

Pictured above is 70-year-old Valery Gusenko who took second place in the Legend's Division of the 2016 Finn World Masters regatta at Torbole on the north end of Lake Garda in Italy. Gusenko sailed with a class sail designed and built by UK Sailmakers Ukraine. Proving his finish was no fluke, Gusenko later finished second in the Legend's Division at the Europe Champs on Lake Balaton in Hungary.