You round the weather mark in good position. The wind is light with slight puffs rolling down the course. As you work your way to the leeward mark sailing as deep as you can while keeping your spinnaker full you notice a puff coming down the course and a boat that was sailing higher now is sailing your angle at more pace. When the puff goes away the boat gained or even passed you. Why did he have more speed when the puff hit? How did they gain so much? The real answer is not how the boat sailed...
During the Covid-19 pandemic Ullman Sails San Diego is hosting weekly webinars to keep the sailing community involved in sailing. If you missed them live, we recorded most of them for you.
They are live Tuesdays at 7:00 pm PDT.
Here are recorded version of our webinars
Unlocking Sail Selection
Unlocking Sail Trim
Unlocking Spinnaker Trim
Unlocking Sailing at Night
Unlocking Cruising Rallies
Unlocking Racing to Hawaii
Unlocking the Leeward Gate
Unlocking Sailing in Mexico
Unlocking How to Stay Out of the Protest Room
Unlocking Proper Roller Reefing
Unlocking Starting Roles and Communication
Unlocking Successful Starting Patterns
Unlocking the Story Behind the Pictures
Unlocking the Grey Area of the RRS
Unlocking How to Handle Heavy Wind
There is one thing that scares people from using a spinnaker than any other thing. It is the wrap around the forestay. When this happens, you can’t get the spinnaker down, can’t get the headsail up, and your day can be over. I have even known boats in a race to anchor behind an island and wait for daylight to untangle by sending someone up in a bosuns chair.
Many years back when we were doing testing on the fastest way to gybe asymmetric spinnaker on J105’s and Melges 24’s we wrapped a lot of spinnakers. In a buoy race,...
You may have seen it or heard someone talking about it after the race. Code 1A, Code 3S, what are they saying? Is it secret? What code are they talking about?
It may sound like they are talking code but it is the spinnaker designation that has become a standard industry-wide. The code is easy to break and once you know it you will be able to completely comprehend the talk around the club.
The spinnaker designations are simple “A” means Asymmetric and “S” means Symmetrical. The numbers signify the wind range and angle that they are built for.
Here is a...
Staghound the 2002 R/P 50 from San Diego had a great year in 2019 and winning the overall at Long Point Race Week was a bonus. Long Point Race Week hosted by Balboa and Newport Harbor Yacht Club's is the premier big boat event in Southern California. It has a history of being great sailing followed by fun onshore events on beautiful Catalina Island.
The race is over 3 days, racing to Catalina from Newport Beach on the first day, racing along Catalina the second day, racing back to Newport Beach on the last day. This gives a windward race,...
Here is a little video put together with some onboard photography and some video from Sharon Green. Chuck Skewes of Ullman Sails San Diego and Wally Cross of Ullman Sails Detroit are sending Bob Pethick's Rogers 46 Bretwalda to a 3rd place overall in the 2019 Transpac race from Long Beach California to Honolulu Hawaii.
Bretwalda has all Ullman Sails including FiberPath Plus main, and headsails with Red Line Asymmetrical Spinnakers. Bretwalda was first in class online honors by over 12 hours.
Enjoy the footage and music!
Ullman Sails hereby announces that there is a significant ownership change to its
San Diego and Pacific Northwest operations.
Chuck Skewes, the face you’ve seen representing the Ullman Sails brand for more
than 30 years, is now a proud member of the dynamic ownership team of a large
portion of Ullman Sails West Coast. The other half of the new ownership team is
Sabine Suessmann. Skewes and Suessmann were already the owners and
operators of Ullman Sails Puerto Vallarta.
A native of Vashon Island, Washington, Skewes is one of a few pro sailors who
has dedicated his entire life to the art of sail making. His success...
Yachting Cup is San Diego Yacht Clubs premier buoy racing event held in San Diego California. Boats from all parts of Southern California show up as well as a few international guests showing up. One boat came from Germany and Another from Acapulco Mexico.
On Friday night San Diego Yacht Club host the Ton Cup, a random leg course that gets crews warmed up for the weekend's event.
In class 1, Staghound the R/P 50 had close racing with the two Transpac 52’s Pendragon and Nimbus. Staghound came out on top winning the Ton Cup.
The weekend racing was an ideal San...
If you are planning on sailing offshore you now have more options than ever to make a safe and enjoyable trip. There are several cruising rallies that will give you the safety in numbers and experience. You can get what you want out of each but one thing you will get is a piece of mind.
The largest cruising rally on the west coast of North America and 2nd largest in the world is the Baja Ha Ha. This event is amazing as it attracts many people year after year. Some of the participants have participated in over 20 of...
The 2019 Ullman Sails San Juan 24 North American Championships are back in Oak Harbor for 2019. This has bee the favorite venue for most of the fleet with great attendance. Ullman Sails is once again the title sponsor and will be providing support for the event.
The conditions at Oak Harbor are perfect for buoy racing with steady consistent winds and a great venue for after race activities. There are also several hotels available for reasonable rates for crews and family.
Ullman Sails San Juan 24 North Americans June 29-30, 2019 Oak Harbor WA
The 2018 Baja Ha Ha had over 150 boats and over 500 people attending. The overwhelming following of this regatta has been great.
On October 28th the Baja Ha Ha took off with its usual fanfare in San Diego with all the boats joining the parade leaving San Diego Bay on the way to the starting area in the Pacific Ocean. This year as with some years in the past when light air is predicted to stay through the day, a “Rolling Start” was initiated. This means that participants can motor at 6 knot towards the destination of the leg...
Ullman Sails is proud to announce the release of its new Expedition Series. These specialized sails are the pinnacle of high latitude sail equipment for serious offshore explorers and adventurers. Developed with five-time circumnavigator and sailing great Skip Novak, the sails are the only reliable solution for the world’s most extreme sailors. Expedition Series sails have been tested and proven over tens of thousands of miles in the world’s most extreme conditions - withstanding sustained winds over 60 knots, temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius, and high U.V. environments.
“If you plan to sail high north or high south,...
Our biggest sale of the year on One Design!!!
Discount: 10% on one sail
15% on 2 or more sails
Available on all one design class sails.
Deposit (50% of retail price) must be received no later than the final day of the discount period in order to secure the discount rate. No exceptions.
Sails delivered by December 31, 2016 for early 2016 regattas.
Spinnaker colors are limited.
Discount not available in Mexico.
Other restrictions may apply. Contact a local Ullman Sails loft for more details.
2016 Ullman Sails San Juan 24 North American Championships
Oak Harbor, WA
June 25th 26th.
The conditions could not have been better for this years Ullman Sails San Juan 24 North American Championships. With winds from 8-12 warm sunny skies and great competition. Eleven races were sailed over the two days.
Grauer Geist sailed by Ken Johnson and crew took an early lead by winning the first two races and getting a second in the next. Ryan Forbes and his team on Ekono Juan had a great end to the first day finishing only a couple points back after the 6 races on...
With a record 9 TP 52’s and a collection of 100’ plus racing machines one boat came out on top in this year’s Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Balance the TP 52 from New South Wales owned and skippered by Paul Clitheroe won not only Division 1 but the overall. Balance outfitted with almost entirely Ullman Sails beat all the other TP 52’s and was 7th overall across the line.
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Race is a 628 nautical mile race that starts in Sydney Australia to Hobart Tasmania on December 26th. This year as has happened in the...
Round the county 2015 started with a bang, died in the middle and finished with a light breezes. Saturday morning started with winds in the mid-twenties gusting in the 30s. The start was with starboard reach, a gybe to port for the reach over the Islands, harden up after Patios Island, round Turn Point and a beat to the finish at Roach Harbor. Day 2 started so light that about 30% of the fleet were unable to get a start within the 1/2 hour allowance. Those who got away worked their way into a 10 knot SE breeze that...
Here is a letter from a satisfied cruiser.
Dear Chuck, Kathy, Charlie, and Andrew,
I am in American Samoa now, I came here non-stop from San Diego. It was a wonderful shake-down - both for the boot and for me. I saw one shale, one shark, many dolphin, flying fish, and birds. The trip took 58 days and I traveled about 5000 miles. I changes my plan to stop in Tahiti because I was in a gale when I was close to Tahiti and needed to thru unto wind to get there, so I decided to sur with the gale and...