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UK Sailmakers South Africa loft Owner Craig Millar (right) stands with loft Director, Jerome McLoughlin

UK SAILMAKERS EXPANDS TO SOUTH AFRICA 

Craig Millar Sails is the latest addition to the UK Sailmakers group, now known as UK Sailmakers South Africa. Based in Durban, this sail loft is gearing up and expanding to meet the new demand. Millar, who has run his…

Christopher Dragon sailing upwind with a suit of black UK Sailmakers Titanium sails.

LOCHER AND WEISS WIN MAJOR OCEAN RACING AWARDS

Christopher Dragon sailing upwind with a suit of black UK Sailmakers Titanium sails. The Long Island Sound’s traditional end-of-the-year distance race is Stamford Yacht Club’s Vineyard Race sailed over the Labor Day weekend. For the second consecutive year, light wind…

Swan 45 KATIMA racing at ORC Worlds in Kiel, Germany, with a full UK Sailmakers inventory including Titanium upwind sails. Photo credit: Felix Diemer for ORC.

SWAN 45 KATIMA SHINES AT ORC WORLDS

Authors: Buttons Padin and Heather Mahady Over the past two decades, the difference between boats with all or mostly professional crews and Corinthian sailors has become increasingly pronounced. That said, this state of the sport doesn’t mean that a boat…

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LESSONS LEARNED PASSAGE MAKING

Tune in to Episode Eight of the Lessons Learned Podcast series by UK Sailmakers featuring Tripp Brower, Captain of SV RESILIENCE and Executive Director of the non-profit Apparent Winds. In this Episode, Tripp discusses his Lessons Learned passage making as…

Nathalie Criou paired up with Satchel Douglas aboard her Figaro 2, ENVOLEÉ, in the 2023 Ida Lewis Distance Race. Photo credit: Stephen R. Cloutier.

IDA LEWIS DISTANCE RACE REPORT

ENVOLEÉ has made a monumental move from the waters of San Francisco Bay to her new home, racing on the Eastern Seaboard. Owner, Nathalie Criou, is no stranger to sailing in various venues, with an incredible sailing career on the…

CHRISTOPHER DRAGON sails upwind with a UK Sailmakers Titanium headsail and an X-Drive main.

MASTERING APPARENT WIND

Expert and novice sailors alike use apparent wind. Many sailors believe apparent wind is unworthy of deep consideration and take it for granted because they feel they’ve already grasped the concept. Although it’s fundamentally simple, apparent wind is dynamically complex…

Brendan Huffman from UK Sailmakers’ Los Angeles loft recently completed his second Singlehanded Transpacific Race (SHTP), a 2,120-mile course from San Francisco, CA, to Kauai, HI. As he had in 2021, he sailed the race aboard his Santa Cruz 33 SIREN.

DIVISION WIN FOR SIREN IN SINGLEHANDED TRANSPAC

Brendan Huffman from UK Sailmakers’ Los Angeles loft recently completed his second Singlehanded Transpacific Race (SHTP), a 2,120-mile course from San Francisco, CA, to Kauai, HI. As he had in 2021, he sailed the race aboard his Santa Cruz 33…

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WINTER SAILING FROM PANAMA TO FLORIDA

Wherever I’m sailing, I always look for advice from folks who have made the crossing I am about to embark on. This could be as short as an overnight passage from one harbor to the next or a 30-day passage…

Sailmakers working at UK Sailmaker’s network of over 50 lofts and service centers around the world may speak many different languages, but they share one common thread in their approach to making and servicing sails. Simply put, UK Sailmakers is committed to supporting sailing with sustainable sailcloth.

SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE SAILCLOTH

Sailmakers working at UK Sailmaker’s network of over 50 lofts and service centers around the world may speak many different languages, but they share one common thread in their approach to making and servicing sails. Simply put, UK Sailmakers is…

Eric Pesty rings the bell in Victoria in the 2022 R2AK. Image credit - R2AK Facebook Page.

NEW SOLO SPEED RECORD FOR THE R2AK

Eric Pesty became a fan-favorite in the 2023 Race to Alaska (R2AK), embarking on the incredible 750-nautical-mile race singlehanded, for the second time as Team Pestou. The R2AK is a two stage event, with a 40-mile qualifying race from Port…

UK Sailmakers cold front sailing closehauled in waves

COLD FRONT SAILING TIPS FROM PAUL EXNER

PROFESSIONAL TIPS AND TACTICS TO LEVERAGE SYNOPTIC WEATHER Every sailor, without exception, will experience a shift in the wind’s direction as they sail near or through a Cold Front — the scale of the wind shift can span a thousand…

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LESSONS LEARNED: LEG 1 OF THE 2023 BERMUDA 1-2

Buttons Padin interviewed singlehanded racer Nathalie Criou (@nathaliecriouracing) after her second-place finish in Class 1 on leg 1 of the 2023 Bermuda 1-2. Having sailed the 635 miles from Newport, RI, to Bermuda solo in just over 96 hours starting on June…

J/111 Raku sails with Mount Baker in the background. Photo by Dennis Pearce.

LESSONS LEARNED DOUBLE HANDED RACING

UK Sailmakers continues to produce new episodes of its Lesson’s Learned video and podcast series, sharing sailor stories and tips that everyone can learn from. Tune in to Episode Seven of the Lessons Learned Podcast series by UK Sailmakers with…

Heavy Weather Crew Training UK Sailmakers - wave crashing over the bow of a boat flying spinnaker

HEAVY WEATHER CREW TRAINING

PROFESSIONAL HEAVY WEATHER SAILING TIPS FROM PAUL EXNER When you’re deep within heavy weather, your crew is either ready, or not — a crew unprepared will suffer human injury and break gear at a considerably higher rate than experienced sailors…

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