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UK Sailmakers Chicago

UK Sailmakers Chicago is a family run full production and repair facility whose staff is dedicated to the art and science of sailmaking. We have the Midwest’s largest and most experienced staff that provides the best service available. Jim Considine took over the well-established loft of Nieman and Considine in the late 1970s. He was joined by three of his four children shortly later. Pat Considine, the loft’s designer, has become the head designer for the worldwide group of UK Sailmakers lofts. His brother Mike has led the development of one-design sails that includes MC Scows, C Scows and E Scows as well as Flying Scots. Their sister Cate Swanson runs the office and is frequently behind a sewing machine.

UK Sailmakers Chicago are happy to announce that they are now a dealer for Vakaros Instruments. Vakaros Instruments are used by both small and large boats and are quickly becoming the standard for top racing teams. Contact the UK Sailmakers Chicago loft for more information.

Business Hours

Weekdays 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Saturdays by appointment


Jim Considine
Pat Considine
Mike Considine
Tod Patton 
Tom Spees – West Michigan Field Representative

Contact Information

UK Sailmakers Chicago
2323 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
Tel: 312-326-1053
Email: chicago@uksailmakers.com

MC Scow 2022 John Porter web
JV66 Defiancy with asym 3
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Santa Cruz 52 Sin Duda 2019 Mac web
John Gottwal’s GS 44 EAGLE’S WINGS at the 2024 Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta Series in Chicago. Photo by Sailing World / Helly Hansen.


Columbia Yacht Club COLORS Regatta The Columbia Yacht Club COLORS Regatta, held on June 1-2, featured a mix of moderate and light, building conditions. UK Chicago sails customers made a strong showing across several one-design and distance racing fleets. Since…

UK's MC Scow sails leading the fleet. Photo by Bill Crawford.


Small One-Designs off to a Great Start this Early Summer The early summer sailing season has kicked off with impressive results for UK Chicago sails in various small one-design events. From dominating the first Women’s MC National Championship to excelling…

Farr 30, CONSENSUS. Photo by Torgeir Sten Askvig.


Congratulations to Farr 30, CONSENSUS, for their great performance at the 2024 ORC Double Handed Worlds held in Norway from June 11-13, 2024! With a brand new sail inventory from UK Sailmakers Sweden, including carbon X-Drive upwind sails and Matrix…

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