2018 has seen the loft in Plymouth grow in all aspects – we are now sporting over 115 square meters of floor space to build, service and repair sails.
In August, we had a visit from Solent Sewing and Welding Solutions when they came to install our new Long Arm sewing machine. Having this machine means we can now build and service bigger sails. Not only that but the work we do is quicker, more efficient and the machine is much more eco-friendly than the last!
This year loft regular Mike Nuttall managed a series win in the Plym Yacht Club Friday night series and an overall class win at Fowey Regatta with a full suit of Ullman Sails including a brand new FiberPath GP Race main and genoa.
In Cardiff, customer Chris Watler and his J92s are ‘absolutely loving’ their new FiberPath GP Race Code 2. We worked closely with our Wales dealer Penarth Covers to ensure Chris got exactly the right sail for his needs and it seems the work paid off!
We provided a full suit of sails for Lady Ex, an Extrovert based in Scotland through our Scotland and Northern Ireland dealer Andy Malcolm – the owner and crew are extremely pleased with their news sails and achieved a 4th place in the Scottish Series 2018.
We’ve been working particularly hard this season in the highly competitive Quarter Tonner fleet. At the start of the year we provided a full suit of sails to Louise Morton’s Bullet and have been following the ladies’ progress, helping to develop the sails as we go.
Ullman powered boats have achieved some fantastic results in 2018, with a 2nd and 3rd in the Vice Admirals cup (tied on points with 1st) for Bullet and Whiskers, and a 2nd in Cowes Week for Bullet.
Our upwind sails boast full carbon load bearing fibres, our newest generation Dyneema® hank technology and carbon fibre battens thanks to our close working relationship with Customised Carbon – we’ve had nothing but praise from our customers and their results speak for themselves.
We’re looking forward to providing two more boats with our sails for the 2019 season!
Here at Ullman Sails GBR we used to love the London Boat Show. It was a fantastic opportunity to catch up with our customers in the New Year, and help them plan ahead for the coming season.
We’re really sad to see that there won’t be a London Boat Show in 2019, but we’d still like to offer our customers the best deals possible, even if we can’t have a chat with them at the stand. So please get in touch if you do need anything – we’d be more than happy to see what we can offer you!
Charlie has been sailing for over ten years and has done a range of RYA courses, including Yacht Masters. Two years racing and cruising on super yachts around the world as a first mate, and his love and passion for sailing, made him a great candidate to join the Plymouth team.
Charlie has been working with Nathan and Vicky on sail repairs. They are both more than happy to pass on their years of experience. Dan has also been helping Charlie understand how the sails are first built, which give an insight into how repairs on older sails work.
Charlie (like the rest of us!) is looking forward to a season of sailing back in local water.
Our newest dealers in South Wales have had a very busy winter! We have just delivered their first cruising Code Zero. The owner of the boat is delighted with the service and product they have received from both Penarth Covers and Ullman Sails.
This sail allows the owner to use his boat in lighter airs and keep the engine off for longer! The Code Zero has previously been viewed as a racing product, but now it’s very common for the cruising community to use it as a sail for lighter winds. If you want to know how a Code Zero works, and if you could benefit, just get in touch with us or your local distributor via our Contact Page.
Our Scotland dealer will be getting his sails in the next couple of weeks and is very much looking forward to trying them out.
In the Ostar Race In 2017, Mervyn Wheatley was hit by a once in a life time storm.
His boat was hit by a huge wave which knocked her down. The boat took on a lot of water and Mervyn activated his EPIRB. Luckily, he was picked up by the Queen Mary 2, leaving his beloved boat to sink in the Atlantic.
He has since got himself a very nice Bowman 40, and this year he wanted to replace the yankee and staysail. For a customer like this we know that the finishing on the sail is key, which is why we used our Endurance series.
Our Endurance series (or ‘Mervyn spec’ as we now call it!) is perfect for demanding uses like this. Dyneema webbing is used, which is covered with Sunbrella UV where it is visible. We design radial patching in to all our corners and the leech lines have Aluminium cleats with pockets to help keep them protected.
These enhancements make the sail stronger and add more miles and years to the life of the sails. We are very proud of our finishing and, of course, pleased that Mervyn is too!