Welcome to UK Sailmakers Canada

Founded in 1946 in New York City as Ulmer Sails, UK Sailmakers is one of the world's most established groups of sail makers with nearly 50 lofts and service centers. It is our goal to deliver sails using the most advanced design technologies and materials. Our lofts retain the personal touch that sailors expect since all UK Sailmakers lofts are owned by local sailors, who know the needs of their sailing communities. That's why each loft prides itself in providing quick, high-quality service along with well-designed, long-lasting sails.

 
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“Dimension Polyant is the preferred supplier of UK Sailmakers”

 


Two locations. Same great service!

 

Northwest Loft

UK Sailmakers Northwest is located on the water in Sidney, British Columbia and is the largest full production and repair loft in Western Canada. With dock space to fit new sails or repair your sail while you wait, UKNW also offers vast local knowledge backed by the experience of the entire UK Sailmakers Group. 

Service is the #1 priority at UK Sailmakers Northwest and we pride ourselves on providing a world class experience with a personal touch! Our team is committed to this customer-centric approach so whether you’re buying a new sail, having your sail repaired or simply need advice, our goal is to help you get the most from your UK experience.

People

We love sailing so you can be sure that the people taking care of you and your sail are proud of their work and understand what your sails mean to you. 

Stuart Dahlgren (stuart@uksails.ca)  Co-owner of UKNW, Stuart comes from a family of mariners and has spent his life sailing on the West Coast. His love of sailing was fostered at young age through the Royal Victoria YC’s junior program and has continued, with an affinity toward ocean racing in more recent years. Stu has absorbed every scrap of knowledge he has ever heard, read or experienced about sailing and sailmaking and enjoys meeting with clients to share what he knows and learn from their experiences.  Then, with the support of UK’s design group, he dimensions and designs sails that best meet the specific needs of each client.

Joy Dahlgren (joy@uksails.ca) Co-owner of UKNW and head of new sail production, Joy takes Stuart’s designs and, with her attention to detail, fabricates custom sails that don’t leave the loft until they have her seal of approval. Joy grew up sailing in the French West Indies but traded boats for horses when she moved to Canada. Her love of sailing was reignited when she met Stuart in 2006 and, although she tolerates ocean racing, herpassion is “around the cans” racing and coastal cruising with Stu and the loft spaniels, Mel and Sarah. 

Since purchasing the loft in 2011, Stu and Joy have built UKNW into a full production loft and devoted themselves to supporting sailing in the Pacific Northwest. This isn’t a job for them, it’s a way of life!

Sharon McBride (sharon@uksails.ca) Repairs and Service Manager, Sharon is who you talk to when your existing sails need a little TLC,  you need some custom canvas work or maybe that spinnaker drop didn’t quite go as planned in your last race. With over 30 years of sailmaking experience as an accredited journeyman sailmaker, Sharon is one of few that can still loft and cut a sail by hand. She has an unrivaled depth of knowledge and we’ve yet to hear her say, “I’ve never seen that before”, as she works her magic!

Jeff McBride (loft@uksails.ca) Sailmaker, Jeff has more time on boats than almost everyone else at the loft put together and can probably tell you the sail number of every boat he ever sailed on. With his keen eye for details, Jeff is our “go to guy” for hand work and is always looking for ways to improve our finishing. 

Cathy Ward (cathy@uksails.ca) Office Manager, Cathy is the only landlubber of the bunch but that’s good because we need someone here to answer the phones when the rest of us are sailing! With her amazing organizational skills, she makes sure the train stays on the rails and customers get their sails on time. 

Business Hours

Monday thru Friday: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Contact Information:

2212 Harbour Rd
Sidney, British Columbia
V8L 2P6 Canada
Phone: 1-800-563-7245
Email: northwest@uksailmakers.com

 

Ontario Loft

In 2006 Brian Chapman joined UK Sailmakers as the International Design Coordinator. Shortly after he started a small service loft in Toronto to provide sails and support to local sailors, the loft has the mandate “to give the time, attention, and service so each and every customer can realize their sailing goals”.

Unfortunately Brian passed away way too soon in January of 2018. UK Sailmakers re-opened in Ontario under the ownership of long time Canadian sailor Randy St. Jacques. Randy has 50 years of experience both racing and cruising on many boats. He is a very busy racer himself and active in the Fifty Point Sailing Club and in PHRF-LO with the C&C 30 MkII SCRUBS.

For the last ten years Randy as sold sails for several brands, but has now moved to UK Sailmakers. “Brian Chapman set the bar incredibly high for quality sails and service,” says Randy. “He will be a tough act to follow and I hope that I can live up to the expectations he created with sailors on Lake Ontario.”

Randy is currently finalizing plans for a service facility in the GTA and looks forward to big things for the UK Sailmakers brand in the area. “I’ve been a sail buyer as well as a sail seller, so I know what’s important to 25-40 footer sailors.”

UK Sailmakers Ontario
Randy St. Jacques
66 Chestnut Dr.
Grimsby Ont., L3M 0B9
SCRUBS E14 Fifty Point
Cell: 1.905.975.3087
Email: ontario@uksailmakers.com


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