Ullman Sails Newport Beach has been making and servicing sails for sailors in Southern California for over 40 years. Dave Ullman’s sail making business started in Newport Beach and is now a worldwide loft system. The 30 international lofts make sails for one-design dinghies, Olympic class boats, large racing yachts, coastal and world cruisers. Ullman Sails Newport Beach is the largest sail loft in Southern California with the largest staff to meet your sailing needs. Our expertise is wide ranging from new sail manufacturing to sail repair to rigging and boat optimization. Ullman Sails Newport Beach loft members pride themselves on knowing how to design, cut and make sails, not just function as an order taking center. We provide a true craftsman skill and knowledge to every sail. Ullman Sails Newport Beach Mission Statement – “Making sails that are the best value, quality and performance with unprecedented service.”

Every Ullman sail is custom-made to meet your specific sailing needs. The Ullman Sails team works with each customer to specifically design and produce the best sails for their boat. Based on the boat usage, budget and owner goals and expectations, the Ullman Sails team will explain the options available in sail fabrics, discuss the best construction techniques and details on the range of the sails from Ullman Sails. You will be very satisfied with your experience in buying and sailing with your new Ullman sails.



Ullman Sails Newport Beach supports and endorses all types of sailing in Southern California. Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week is the biggest regatta in Southern California and the fourth and final stop of the Southern California’s biggest series, The Ullman Sails Inshore Championships! Ullman Sails also sponsors several One Design classes at their major regattas and championship throughout the year. Junior sailing is also a top priority for Ullman Sails Newport Beach, we support Sabot and CFJ and Lido 14 sailing. We have an educated Ullman Team to get new sailors started and help seasoned racers excel to the next level of competition.


Ullman Sails Newport Beach provides the best service in your harbor. Our loft team and area representatives cover all Southern California marinas and yacht clubs. Contact our loft today to meet you at your boat or yacht club for measuring, sail pick up and delivery. Also to better service you, visit our Ullman Sails Long Beach repair facility at Alamitos Bay in the Marina Shipyard for your repair needs. Or, simply come by Ullman Sails Newport Beach in Santa Ana to see your sail being made or repaired at our full-production loft.




Bruce Cooper
Southern California

Bruce has worked for Ullman Sails for over 25 years. Bruce began Southern California sailing at the age of 6 and has continued to sail locally and internationally.  His 35-years of experience racing ranges from one-design dinghies, small keelboats, 12 Meters and 70’ Sleds. Bruce has competitively raced in California, Europe, Key West, throughout Mexico and raced to Hawaii nine times. Bruce has won as crew at the National Championships in B-25’s, Catalina 38’s and won numerous PHRF Championships. Bruce is responsible for design, quality control and loft operations. Bruce purchased the Newport Beach & Long Beach Ullman Sails franchises from Dave Ullman in 2006. His sail making strengths are wide range; working in handwork, running the plotter, laying out repairs to designing. Bruce’s goal is to have the most satisfied customers. He likes to see customers meet their vision of sailing and/or racing on their dreamboat with the absolute best set of sails made by his loft. Bruce has been able to turn his passion for sailing into a lifelong career.






Dave Ullman
Southern California

Dave founded Ullman Sails in 1968 and is one of the world’s greatest competitive sailors. Dave was named Rolex Yachtsman of the Year in 1996, was nominated again for 2007, and is a three-time 470 World Champion, the 2007 Melges 24 World Champion, a five-time Lipton Cup Champion (1992-1996), a ten-time Lido 14 National Champion, and a National Champion in the Snipe, Thistle, Sabot and Coronado 15 racing classes. Dave is also an S.O.R.C. class-winning skipper, a U.S. Team Racing Champion, a U.S. Men’s National Champion (Mallory Cup) and a former coach of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team. Dave’s responsibilities at the loft include sail design and fiber layout for Ullman Sails Fiber Path membrane sails. He also sails with and coaches customers through his business at Ullman Enterprises. Come meet Dave at the loft and meet his friendly dog “Penny”.








Steve Beck
Southern California

Steve is our point person when you call Ullman Sails Newport Beach. Steve manages the sales department, repair department and oversees our customer services. Steve enjoys working with customers, building relationships and providing unparalleled service to make sailing as easy as possible for Ullman customers. Steve prides himself on going the extra mile for Ullman customers whether it is sail drop off on race day or getting a race sail fixed with overnight regatta sail repair. Steve races Etchells, PHRF class boats, Farr 40 OD’s and larger boats like “Locomotion” an Andrews 45 or “Westerly” an SC-70. Steve also has extensive knowledge of sail handling systems for roller furling, sail flaking, boom furling and hoisting/lowering your sails. Steve can cover your day sailing, blue water cruising and racing needs.










Erik Shampain
Southern California

Erik came to work at Ullman Sails in 2006. Erik joined our team because of his knowledge in sailboat cruising and racing. His experience goes back to working, racing and managing many top race boats in Southern California. Erik’s responsibilities at the loft are managing production, managing one design sails, rigging, hardware and customer service. Erik enjoys racing sport boats like the Henderson 30, Flying Tiger and Melges 24.  Recently Eric was the winning crew of the Etchells Worlds and B-25 National Champion. Erik also excels in blue water cruising and offshore racing and has raced in dozens of Hawaii and Mexican races. His last race to Hawaii was in the double-handed division on a J-100! Erik will 100% take care of your sail at the Ullman loft whether it is being made, repaired or just checked over.


John Bennett
Southern California

Since 1982 John has been in the sailing industry - once in the sail cloth business and three times as a sail maker. He has a comprehensive view of how design, cloth and construction leads to the best sails built for your boat. John’s design roots are with mid and large size cruising and racing yachts. John’s duties at Ullman Sails are to coordinate boat information with design parameters to guarantee the best fitting and performing sails possible. John’s focus on sailing covers local Southern California sailing and regatta’s all over Mexico. John sets the standard for delivering the best quality sails with unmatched service anywhere to our Ullman customers!









Bryan Dair
Long Beach, California

Bryan is the manager of Ullman Sails Long Beach and services all of the Long Beach and Cabrillo marinas. Bryan is one of the most knowledgeable sailors you will ever meet. His sail making experience covers over 25 years. Bryan has extensive cruising and racing experience that helps him discuss the best options for strength and durability to meet your sail needs. When not working, Bryan enjoys racing Cal 20’s, racing with customers on their boats or racing double handed his Islander 30 MKII “Cool”. Bryan will make sure Ullman customers get the best value from their new sail and repair work.









Mike George

King Harbor-Marina del Rey, California

Mike joined Ullman Sails as a sail consultant over 15 years ago. Mike services Ullman customers in King Harbor and Marina del Rey. Mike has well-rounded knowledge of the sailing industry. Because of their love of sailing, Mike and his wife Denise resurrected and started production the popular Martin 242 boat. Additionally, Mike has raced the Olympic class Star, Martin 242’s, small keelboats and sleds. Mike recently added the Martin 242 North American Championship to his list of victories. Mike will make sure you are satisfied with your Ullman sail and service!



Ken Cooper
Newport Beach, California

Ken’s duties at Ullman Sails are plotter/cutting services, and cloth inventory. Ken previously worked in the sailing industry at two different sailcloth companies; he understands the best cloth makes the best sails. Ken’s sailing resume spans over 30 years of inshore and offshore racing. He has raced to Hawaii, throughout Mexico and all of the major regattas in Southern California. Ken is a true competitor having won three Schock 35 National Championships (’93, ’94,’95).











Jeff Lenhart
Newport Beach, California

Jeff is one of the original employees at Ullman Sails. His experience goes back to sailing and racing one-design dinghies since he was a junior sailor in Mission Bay, San Diego. He started winning national championships as a junior in the one design Sabot class in the 1960’s. Some of Jeff’s other big victories are in the one-design Snipe class that includes World’s, Nationals and Pan Am Games. His success as a one-design sailor has led to being a world-class sail maker for Ullman Sails. Jeff’s duties at the loft include cutting and layouts for the one-design championship sails for the Cal 20, Lido 14, Sabot, Lehaman 12, CFJ, IFJ, Snipe, Thistle and Coronado 15.  Jeff is an interregnal part of overseeing the one design sails made at our loft.




Ben Lakin
Newport Beach, California

Ben joined the Ullman Sails team in 2008. Ben brings 20 years of sailing experience to his job. His duties at Ullman Sails include sail handwork, customer service, shipping and receiving. He has raced competitively in dinghies as a junior sailor and now sails at the front of the fleet on local boats in all of the major regattas in Southern California. Among Ben’s strengths is his knowledge of the racing and cruising boat components and how sails need to be fit for ultimate performance.










John Papadopoulos
Newport Beach, California

John has been helping Ullman Sails and part of our team since 1998. John’s duties at Ullman Sails include computer and technical support and Lido 14 quality control. He has won the Lido 14 Nationals and supports and services the Lido 14 fleet via his sailing business “Doublewave”. John keeps Ullman Sails connected to the Internet world!









Brent Ruhne
Northern California

Brent joined Ullman Sails as sales rep in 2007. Brent services Ullman customers in Santa Cruz and San Francisco area. Brent has raced Melges 24’s (crew- 1st Place Melges 24 2007 Worlds) to offshore racing to Hawaii and all over the world. His expertise in sailing and crewing has led Brent into the world of professional sailing. If you want to win a race, call Brent for some fast sails and some hot crewing.








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