Tune in to the eleventh episode of the Lessons Learned Podcast series by UK Sailmakers, featuring lead sail designer Pat Considine from UK Sailmakers Chicago. In this episode, Pat answers a series of questions about what considerations go into designing a custom asymmetrical spinnaker.


Pat delves into key measurements used for spinnaker design, including the luff, leech, and mid-girth (SMG). He also covers material considerations, structured luffs, masthead versus fractional kites, furling and banding options, and explains how the use of BSG design software allows him to design the perfect kite for each customer’s boat and sailing goals.

YouTube video

You can also read more details about UK Sailmakers’ Asymmetrical Spinnaker Design in our 2023 Technical Brief article, available here.

Video Clip Credits:

  • Checkmate and Swan River: Lindsay Preece
  • J/111 CAG: Henrik Trygg
  • Code Zeros: UK Sailmakers Ireland & Adam Loory
  • In-Loft and Dock photos/videos: UK Sailmakers Northwest

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Heather Mahady
Heather Mahady

Heather Mahady is the General Manager of UK Sailmakers International. She is based on Vancouver Island in the Pacific Northwest, and is a passionate sailboat racer, sailmaker, and sustainability advocate.

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