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Ullman Sails T-Shirt Night
Wed, 1st Jun 2016
It was a great night out sailing Ullman Sails T-Shirt Night during the CRA Beer Can Series.  Thank you all that participated.  Do not forget about Ullman Sails CRA Halloween Regatta in Oc
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Seattle POD Regatta
Thu, 26th May 2016
May 21-22 2016 The Second Annual POD Regatta (Puget Sound One Design) was a great success with 54 boats over 8 classes.  Winds were 5-10 on Saturday with some large shifts coming thr
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T-Shirt Wednesday
Wed, 25th May 2016
Wednesday June 1st is Ullman Sails night at the CRA Beer Can Series.  The Ullman Sails Team members will be out photographing and the pictures will be posted here immediately after the ra
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Oregon Offshore 2016
Tue, 17th May 2016
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Rodrigo Cuellar Dipp to Manage Ullman Sails PV
Fri, 13th May 2016
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Cal 20 US Nationals 2013

Once Again Ullman Sails Dominate

Fri, 30th Aug 2013
By Randy Smith

Cal 20 US Nationals 2013 Once Again Ullman Sails Dominate

Skipper Jib Kelly, Doug McLean and myself arrived at this year’s Class Championship with fairly low expectations. Although we have raced these boats together for 15 years and won two prior championships together, we had not sailed this boat since 2011 and many of our competitors had been practicing quite a bit prior to the event, including 5 past winners. That being said, we did everything possible to have a good result. Jib prepared the hull and rig flawlessly and we had no equipment failures.


Doug and I went through our normal daily pre-race and post race checks on rigging, fittings, sails, water, food, weight, weather, current and strategy scenarios. We have raced with Ullman Sails for many years and have always been happy with our speed, but in our quest to improve, we worked with the Newport Beach loft to make some subtle changes to our sails.

Specifically, the Cal 20 main in general is always sheeted very hard, often with the top leech telltale completely stalled. While not conventional, it has always proven to be the fastest setting in over 10 knots of breeze. Our 2013 main had a slight change that allowed us to sheet the main not quite as hard but develop more pointing ability and more ease of trim with aggressive backstay movement. With no practice, I spent the first day of the regatta (Eliminations) learning how to trim the new design. By the second day, we had things dialed in and dominated the very breezy day to lead the regatta after the first day.

What was completely stunning (but not surprising coming from the Ullman Sails design team), on the second (and last) day of the championship, we encountered 5 knots of breeze and tons of current. In a complete reversal of conditions from the day before, we were able to make some very simple rig tune adjustments and softer, twisted trim on both main and jib, and we were still able to change gears to be one of the fastest boats out there. We sailed the event in a relatively heavy crew configuration of 580 pounds but this did not affect our speed at all in the light air.

The result of all of this was a convincing win against some of the very best one design sailors on the West Coast. Team Ullman did a fantastic job on our sails. I have used Ullman Sails since my first Sabot and Snipe sails back in the 1970’s and they are still very versatile sails to trim, race and win. Thanks to the entire Ullman Sails team for our success.



This article was posted on Fri, 30th Aug 2013