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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 climate controlled loft after they have been washed and checked over. A frigid boat is no place for a sail you need to depend on next spring. Sail absorb moisture, which promotes the growth of mildew on your sails and to the interior of your boat.

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

• Pick up and deliver to most local boat yards and yacht clubs.
• Sail De-Rigging and Installation for an extra charge
• Professional Sail and Canvas Cleaning
• Storage for washed sails and canvas
• Quality Repairs on ALL BRANDS OF SAILS
• 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.
• New Tell Tales
• On-site storage in dry, heated lockers

We will help you protect your investment in your boat’s primary source of propulsion.
Located at:
10 Midland Ave., Suite M-4
Port Chester, NY 10573


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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.

Shown in the photo is of two-year-old dacron genoa that just came into the loft for “storage only.” We suggested that the sail be inspected and found that the leech of the sail by the spreader is showing signs of chafe to the stitching and leech tape. As a result, we will reinforce this area with a chafe patch to prevent a rip from developing. This is just once example of how we can discover small issues before they become big problems that could interrupt sailing season that is way too short.


Many races, both handicap and one-design, are won or lost by a handful of seconds. A good way to insure you're not on the losing side is to avoid "Unforced Errors." These are errors we make on our own...not when there are other boats around to force us into making less than favorable decisions.

Hitting a mark with no other boats nearby is definitely an unforced error.

Hitting a mark with no other boats nearby is definitely an unforced error.

A couple of weekends ago I was in a handicap race where we needed to beat the second-place boat by a lot of time. Approaching the first windward mark, while many boat lengths in the lead, I tacked on what I thought was the layline. Because of the adverse current, I misjudged the layline and had to tack two more times to get around the mark. That cost us nearly a minute and we lost to that boat on corrected time.

In another race, I tried to carry the spinnaker too close to the leeward mark to gain as much time as we could. Big mistake! As we came around the leeward mark, our jib was only half way up and the spinnaker only half way down. It was not pretty and certainly not fast. That cost us anywhere from 45-90 seconds and that was more than we owed our nearest competitor.

Neither of these mistakes were forced by boats right around us. They were unforced errors due to our not thinking through all the factors at hand (current vis-à-vis the layline) or that we were too aggressive in a leeward rounding (I had some less experienced crewmembers aboard). But these are the types of mental lapses - unforced errors--that you can avoid if you anticipate what's ahead for you on the course.

I did learn from the first mistake; last weekend we were in the lead in a very light air race with no one around us. Before making my final tack to the mark, I overstood by a boat length or more. Yes, it cost us some time, but the extra 15 seconds I left on the table from overstanding was a lot less expensive than two tacks in light wind.

The moral to this story: don't be too greedy, anticipate your maneuvers, and have someone go through a mental check list with you before making a move. The cost of racing on the knife edge of perfection can translate to lost places on the result sheet. So be a little more conservative, think about what's next, and don't make those unforced errors.


The Santa Cruz 70 WESTERLY going upwind with her X-Drive main and Tape-Drive No. 2 genoa. A big boat makes a great test platform for sails.

The Santa Cruz 70 WESTERLY going upwind with her X-Drive main and Tape-Drive No. 2 genoa. A big boat makes a great test platform for sails.

Stuart and Joy Dahlgren are the owners of UK Sailmakers Northwest as well as the Santa Cruz 70 WESTERLY, which they use for testing sail construction, sail design and sail longevity. The latest test they are conducting is involves their massive the carbon X-Drive main — it is the largest X-Drive sail made to date. “What better way to test a new product than on my own boat, “ said Dahlgren. “Problems show up much faster in big sails than they do in small sails.” Dahlgren had such confidence in X-Drive that he built a 1,095 sq. ft. mainsail for his Santa Cruz 70. That same main just nished its second race to Hawaii after many other area races over the past three years. The picture above is WESTERLY on her way to finishing first in PHRF Class 1 and first overall in the 2018 138-mile Swiftsure Lightship Classic race. The photo below is the same X-Drive main at the start of the 2018 Pacific Cup that goes over 2000 miles from San Francisco to Hawaii. “I’ve proven to myself that X-Drive sails are a viable option for racing and cruising sailors on a budget, no matter what size the boat,” reported Dahlgren.

WESTERLY leaving San Francisco on her way to Hawaii in the 2018 Paciific Cup flying her No. 4 genoa and full X-Drive carbon main.

WESTERLY leaving San Francisco on her way to Hawaii in the 2018 Paciific Cup flying her No. 4 genoa and full X-Drive carbon main.


Congratulations to Erik Van Vurren and his crew on the bright yellow Waarschip 36 HUBO for winning Class 2 of the Dutch IRC Championship and for being crowned the overall Dutch IRC Champion. The regatta was sailed in the end of August at Breskens Sailing Weekend. In the mostly heavy air regatta, HUBO beat the second place finisher, the Archambault 35 AMARIS 2, which also had a full inventory of UK Sailmakers Titanium sails.

Erik Van Vurren collecting the silver at the Dutch IRC Championship

Erik Van Vurren collecting the silver at the Dutch IRC Championship

HUBO was built and optimized for the Offshore Worlds sailed in July. After that series, her owner, top Dutch sailor Erik Van Vurren wrote, "Our journey with UK Sailmakers has been truly special. Not shying away from innovation, we designed a sustainable racer for the World Championship 2018 requiring an equally bold approach from our sailmaker. Our wishes were their command and in the unbelievably short period between launch and the Worlds, when we were tuning for speed, the designers of UK Sailmakers just knew how to translate those findings into seamlessly designed sails with the right cloth. The team calls the A0 a “secret weapon” for a reason.

Perfect teamwork and we're impressed with the knowledge in-house which we have stretched to the max. The attention to detail shows me, a professional sailmaking craftmanship at its finest."

HUBO off Breskins under spinnaker

HUBO going upwind in the waves

HUBO going upwind in the waves

Just Because It Has Three Corners Does Not Make It A Sail

J/33 SIRIUS sailing with her new X-Drive Carbon main.

Charles Taus bought an X-Drive genoa for his J/33 SIRIUS in 2017 from UK Sailmakers New York and noticed an immediate jump in performance. But during 2018 he noticed that his boat wasn’t keeping up with other boats that had new X-Drive sails. So he bit the bullet and ordered a new main that got delivered in 10 days for two important regattas in August. The following are his glowing comments.

“With the new main I am certain the boat is less tender above 8 knots.  We now play with halyard tension in half-inch adjustments and see visible changes in the shape.  I did not realize how blown-out my Dacron main was. In comparison, I could never flatten the Dacron sail at all.  Similarly, with the Dacron main, the traveler was out of play as an adjustment – I’d drop it all the way down with no effect — except that the sheet was out of reach.  I had been using sheet tension to relieve helm.  Yesterday I was able to drop the traveler a foot, and kill the weather helm, without dumping main sheet. I didn’t know what I was missing.”

Taus wrote these comments after winning his class in the Governor’s Cup on western Long Island Sound, just outside of New York City.


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UK Sailmakers Norway’s customers won two of the three fully crewed divisions in the first half to the 2018 Pantanius Shetland Race. Leg one was 194-miles from Bergen, Norway, across the North Sea to Lerwick Harbour, in the Shetland Islands. 

Per Aga’s  Sun Fast 37 SKARVEN won 10-boat Class 2 (for the slowest fully crewed boats) and Stig Waagbø’s X-442 FURIA won 9-boat Class 4 (for the largest fully crewed boats). UK Sailmakers Norway’s Mehmet Taylan happily reported that both boats have full UK Sailmakers inventories that his loft designed and made. FURIA III flew a new X-Drive No. 1 genoa (pictured).

Sunfast 37 SKAVEN, winner of Class 2

X442- FURIA III, winner of Class 4


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The online sailing magazine NO FRILLS SAILING ran a terrific interview with Martin Menzner on successful starting strategies last March. Menzner brings up a lot of good points about how to get safe starts and top starts. I have always said that getting a good start requires a helms person to be a fast reacting opportunist. Holes open and close quickly as the count down clock ticks away. Menzner agrees:

“In order to be successful (on the starting line) it is absolutely essential to control your boat without thinking. You see, if you have to think of how you tack, or gybe or how to trim your boat, you´re lost. This is something, I mean, controlling the boat, is something you and your crew need to be able to do without thinking because then you can concentrate more on bringing up solutions for tactical problems of the race itself. Being creative, being spontaneous.”

For the whole interview, click on this link:…/

—Adam Loory

J/70 Kiel Week Podium Finish

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Congratulations to BSC-Team Segel-Bundesliga for finishing third in the 45-boat fleet. After nine races, they had they had the second lowest score, but after the throwout, they fell to third. The Team: Tobias Feuerherdt, Lukas Feu, Tom Ti Pe and Marc-Daniel Mählmann. Sven Jurgensen photos.

Battling it out through the awards ceremony. 

Battling it out through the awards ceremony.