Sailmaker Ullman Sails has added Chuck Skewes and Sabine Suessmann to the ownership teams at its San Diego, California, and Pacific Northwest operations. Previously, Skewes and Suessmann were owners and operators of Ullman Sails Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.
Skewes, who has been with Ullman Sails for more than 30 years, has joined the ownership team of what the company calls “a large portion of Ullman Sails West Coast,” with Suessmann joining “the other half” of the team. Hailing from Vashon Island, Washington, Skewes has also been an avid professional sailor for more than 45 years, winning several international races, including the International Masters, the Transpac, and the Puerto Vallarta. “It’s great to be able to ensure a top-quality experience for all West Coast sailors from Canada to Mexico,” Skewes said of his new role.
Suessmann, with more than 20 years of international experience in marketing and administration, has been a racer since 2011 and will be leading the process of implementing systems between the three Ullman sail-making operations – known as lofts – in Puerto Vallarta, San Diego, and Anacortes, Washington.
Ullman Sails has been manufacturing sails for nearly 52 years, with 75 lofts operating worldwide in 25 countries.