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Foredeck, Victoria Willetts, jumps for joy as Steve Delfos’ Beneteau First 30, MINKE, crosses the finish line ahead of the fleet at the Fremantle Sailing Club’s Opening Day Race. Photo Credit: Chris Bender

15 TIPS FOR GETTING INTO LOCAL RACING

Entering the local racing scene can be both exciting and intimidating, especially for those new to the sport. However, with the right approach and mindset, even beginners can find opportunities to join racing crews. Many skippers will take beginners with…

Mike Considine taking sail shape photos. Photo credit: Molly Porter.

ONE-DESIGN SAIL DEVELOPMENT BY UK SAILMAKERS

UK Sailmakers Chicago (UKC) has been successful in developing competitive, championship-level sails for one-design classes in the USA. Currently, UKC is producing sails that are winning races at every level for the MC Scow, C Scow, E Scow, A Scow,…

Lessons Learned Shorthanded sailing

LESSONS LEARNED SHORTHANDED SAILING

Tune in to the tenth episode of the Lessons Learned Podcast series by UK Sailmakers, featuring Stefan Voss of UK Sailmakers Germany. In this episode, Stefan explores the growing popularity of shorthanded sailing in Germany and shares his tips and…

SAGACIOUS IV at the 2023 Cockburn Sound Regatta. Photo Credit: Lindsay Preece - Ironbark Photos

COCKBURN SOUND RACE REPORT

In the sun-soaked waters off Western Australia, the 66th Cockburn Sound Regatta wrapped up the 2023 sailing season with four days of excellent racing. Among the standout performers was SAGACIOUS IV, the IOR Farr 40 owned by Chris Hind. Fitted…

A crossing of J/109 EQUINOX (starboard), and Windward 30 PITORAQ (port), both sailing with Titanium sails from UK Sailmakers Northwest. Photo credit: Andrew Madding.

DUCK OR TACK? NAVIGATING CROSSING SITUATIONS

Overcoming the Fear of Ducking In the competitive world of sailing, irrational fears of ducking another boat have caused sailors to lose valuable positions on the racecourse. Whether attributed to poor depth perception or a reluctance to admit being behind,…

Brendan Huffman shares his experiences competing in his second Singlehanded Transpacific Race aboard his Santa Cruz 33, SIREN, including how he enhanced his performance for the second Singlehanded race, ultimately winning his division and securing 5th place overall.

LESSONS LEARNED SAILING SINGLEHANDED TRANSPAC

Tune into the ninth episode of the Lessons Learned Podcast series by UK Sailmakers, featuring Brendan Huffman as he shares his journey competing in his second Singlehanded Transpacific Race aboard his Santa Cruz 33, SIREN. In this episode, Brendan reflects…

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TAFFETA: PROTECTING LAMINATE SAILS FOR EXTENDED PERFORMANCE

Article by Buttons Padin from interviews with Barry Hayes, owner of UK Sailmakers Ireland. Wear and tear can destroy almost any part of your laminate sail. You pad and tape the lifelines and put chafe guards on. You put covers…

Berckemeyer BM49 with UK Sailmakers X-Drive Carbon upwind sails. Photo credit: Irk Boockhoff.

EXPLORING THE BERCKEMEYER BM49 PILOT HOUSE

Berckemeyer Yachts’ BM49 Pilot House, GORRE, was launched and took its inaugural sail this past July, swiftly becoming a sensation and capturing attention with its exceptional sailplan crafted by UK Sailmakers Germany. Aligning with the Berckemeyer Yacht Design ethos of…

SEAWOLF 2 TRIUMPHS AT THE 2023 VOLVO CHINA COAST REGATTA

SEAWOLF 2 TRIUMPHS AT THE 2023 VOLVO CHINA COAST REGATTA

SEAWOLF 2 at the 2023 Volvo China Coast Regatta. Image credit: Guy Nowell The 31st edition of the Volvo China Coast Regatta, held from October 13th to 15th, witnessed a thrilling showdown of racing skill, and it was none other than…

TEAM REBELLA: WOMEN IN SAILING


TEAM REBELLA: WOMEN IN PERFORMANCE SAILING

Team Rebella at the 2023 Masters’ Race Knidos Cup in Türkiye. In the male-dominated world of sailing, a powerful force is making waves and challenging the status quo. Team Rebella, an all-woman sailing team hailing from the stunning shores of…

A FLY ON THE WALL AT THE 2023 MANAGERS MEETING

A FLY ON THE WALL AT THE 2023 UK MANAGERS MEETING


UK Sailmakers Loft Managers and their families enjoy a wrap-up dinner at Larchmont Yacht Club in New York with special guest, Butch Ulmer.  In 2010, I started working with UK Sailmakers on a consulting basis doing advertising, writing newsletter articles,…

6 TIPS FOR WINTER SAIL SERVICE

6 TIPS FOR WINTER SAIL SERVICE

Sailors in the Northern Hemisphere are entering autumn, marking the tail end of their active sailing season. For some, November and December are the time to haul their boats for winter; for most, it means a slowdown from peak sailing…

UK Sailmakers will be at the 2023 Annapolis Sailboat Show running October 12th to the 15th.

VISIT UK SAILMAKERS AT THE 2023 ANNAPOLIS SAILBOAT SHOW

Set sail for the 2023 Annapolis Sailboat Show, a maritime extravaganza unfolding from October 12th to the 15th in Annapolis, Maryland. This premier event draws sailors from around the world, offering an exclusive peek at all the latest in sailing…

UK Sailmakers’ latest sail design technical brief is featured in the October print edition of Seahorse Magazine.

SPINNAKER DESIGN TECHNICAL BRIEF IN SEAHORSE MAGAZINE

UK Sailmakers is excited to once again feature a sail design technical brief in Seahorse Magazine, known for its coverage of elite sailboat racing and cutting-edge sailing technologies. You can explore it in the October edition of Seahorse Magazine, available…

Photograph of J/35 BAD DOG racing in the Chicago Yacht Club’s 2021 Race to Mackinac (Image from the J/35 Class Association Facebook Page) side-by-side with an FSI stress simulation.

FSI OPTIMIZATION FOR HOME GAME ADVANTAGE

Understanding the racing venue can be one of the most significant advantages for a sailor. Home game advantage exists in any sport, but where a field, court or rink might have distinct differences, there are considerably more variables at play…

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