Sean is a sail maker and the owner, with his wife Inger,  of Northwest Sails & Canvas in Port Hadlock, Washington. He grew up in Southern California and started working for North Sails in San Diego in the late 70’s. He went on to open lofts and support big regattas all over the world, including a couple of Americas Cups. Durning the 80’s sail making got regularly interrupted by by other adventures like riding a classic motorcycle throughout India, Nepal, and Asia, as well as stints in Europe and Canada. In 1989 he showed up in Port Townsend, Washington riding one of the classic motorcycles he had sent home from India, and fell in live with the place. Soon he had a job with Port Townsend Sails then went on to do several other things, like timber framing, before settling into his sail loft in Port Hadlock, WA. He talks about Port Townsend in the 1990’s, the “funky boatyard” that is now the Boat Haven shipyard, the wooden boat racing series that took place in Puget Sound in the 90’s, the Wooden Boat Foundation, the Sea Dog Regatta, racing on Maxi boats, working with Lowell North, almost sinking on a boat delivery, and much more.

A couple of photos of Sean sailing in the Shipwrights Regatta, Feb 25th, 2023.



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