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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sailors' Stimulus Package!

Up to 30% off
Wed, 3rd Aug 2011
By Chuck Skewes

Huge Savings on top quality sails!:

Our annual spring delivery sale is back.  30% off if ordered before September 15th 2011 and 20% if ordered before October 15th 2011 and take delivery and pay balance March of 2012.  Available on sails from Ullman Sails San Diego, Seattle and British Columbia.

Yes available on FiberPath
Yes available on CAL
Yes available on Dacron Navigator, Endurance, and Voyager series
This is a great deal for most sailors, take time to pay through winter, save huge, and have sails for the spring!
 Not available on one design sails.
50% deposit of retail price required at time of order.
Contact one of our representatives to take advantage of this offer.

We build the best and fix the rest!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Get your practice in!

Knowing when to make the call to tack away, start at the RC boat, or gibe away seems obvious to us when we're thinking/talking it through, but putting it into action on the course can feel overwhelming sometimes and second guessing could make a first into second or worse. Although it may seem silly to think of playing a "video game" as practice makes perfect, some great sailors do just that. (Not just the ones of my generation either.) 

Because most yachtsman wouldn't be caught dead "playing a sailing video game", most sailing programs are marketed as "simulators". Its true, they are simulators. Don't scoff yet! They make a difference! The simulator I want to point out right now is called Virtual Skipper and ITS FREE! Not one of us has the opportunity to race against a fleet of sailboats every day. However, using a simulator, you can be put into situations on race courses sailing against fleets of any size you choose and practicing things such as: large fleet starts, tight mark rounding, when to break away, choosing lanes, almost anything tactical. Just read a couple articles that spoke of new-to-you tactics? Want to try them out? Click open a sailing simulator and put what you learned into visible action. Test your own theories without the anxiety of being in the middle of a fleet race. If the tactics work in the simulator, do them MULTIPLE times. 20 minutes a Day or something. Then its embedded in your mind on race day that "I should duck this guy and get the clean lane that will open up two lengths down".

When I was racing Sunfish as a teenager, I was just having fun. I bought a copy of Posey Yacht Design's Tactical Simulator and practiced my butt of at racing tactically (it also taught sailing rules...if you were breaking any). After a couple weeks of messing around on the simulator maybe 30-40 minutes a week, my race results changed DRASTICALLY. I wasn't just the kid out there having fun in the back of the pack. I started beating my father...then started being at the front of the pack with the big dogs.

I understand if someone doesn't want to play a video game... you don't have to. Try a "sailing simulator" instead. Their are free ones available and ones to purchase, but I feel they can be an advantage to getting in practice, when you can't get in practice.

Simulators I've tried:

Virtual Skipper - nice graphics, good physics, many options, FREE VERSION!
Posey Yacht Design - out-of-date graphics, racing rules programmed in so they throw 'em at you when your in danger of breaking one (or more), pretty good physics of wind, water, and boat heel...down side is that they seem insanely priced for poor graphic content. The poor graphic content is made up for by the programming of the rules, boat handling, and physics of wind on boat, water on boat, etc, I admit.
NED by NauticEd - fairly simple, free, more for sail trim, but a nifty little app.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Leukemia Cup 2011 - River Dunes, NC

Last Saturday and Sunday were the LEUKEMIA CUP for us out here in Eastern North Carolina and I had a great time! Over $90k raised for L&L Society and some great racing to boot! Not so much on Saturday as the wind died out faster than Charlie Sheen's future (Sorry Charlie, love your work), but Sunday turned out great! Winds averaging over 10 knots and a great line-up!

River Dunes has a Yahoo! Flickr where the photo stream has been saved:

Thank you to the L&L Society and River Dunes for a fantastic event! I for one look forward to (hope for) future LEUKEMIA CUP events in our area.

Accepting 3rd place in JAM Division with Capt Pete Ritchie.
(Photo Courtesy of

About to round the mark aboard the S2 7.9 "USA" just in front of a Viper 640
(Photo Courtesy of River Dunes)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Don't Practice Your 360s, Study Instead

I had this shared with me via Facebook today, from US Sailing. Its video guides on the sailboat racing rules! There is a blog on that also go through some of the rules. Just some sharing as we get into the racing season.

**Check these links out, it could mean a second above second***

Friday, April 8, 2011

Oriental In Water Boat Show

The Oriental Boat Show is next week!!

Come by our booth to find:




Contact us today to get expert help on your sail or canvas projects!

4117 Old Cherry Point Road
New Bern, NC 28560-7904
(252) 633-4804

1105 Broad Street
Oriental, NC 28571

Ben Chapin Joins Ullman Sails Group

Originally posted Thu, Dec 2 2010 @ Ullman Sails San Diego/Seattle

  Born into a family with three prior generations of sailmaking and canvas work, I was often told not to go into this field. That wasn't what I wanted to hear, nor was I willing to follow. Working with my father, I learned the basics of sail design and building, along with production of canvas at an early age. Around that time, I had started to follow the other half of sailing, pursuing one design racing Sunfish and crewing on any PHRF racer or distance racer I could be offered to board.

  I moved to Wilmington, NC and tried a hand at yacht building with KCS International: Rampage Sportfishing Yachts/Cruisers Yachts. After over a year of working in deck & deck hardware installation, I was transferred to the canvas shop. While in Wilmington, I wasn't active in sailboat racing, but turned to surfing to stay on the water. Four years after leaving Oriental, I returned with new drive. Working with my father once again, I built a stronger connection to the business, the work, and our customers. After a while of working with my father, we both began to notice that our directions of business were different.

  Today, I'm working along side Custom Canvas, Inc to provide North Carolina with sails, canvas, tee-tops, and interiors. Not only offering new, custom quality items, but also to give quality repair. With a canvas shop in New Bern and Sail/Canvas Shop in Oriental we're able to serve our customers more directly. Located back in Oriental, I've been getting reacquainted with the PHRF racing scene and purchased a 1975 Ranger 23 with plans to race with Oriental Dinghy Club in PHRF racing and crew when possible on one of the classes of one design.