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The History of the Evian Sails

Salt Legacy’s first ever donated sails came from a member at the Nanaimo Yacht Club, a perfect location for sailing access to Desolation Sound and surrounding Islands in the Strait of Georgia. Salt Legacy collects the donated sails history including; where it has sailed, vessel name, and any fun and historic stories during the sail’s life span.

These two Genoa sails are from a 65 year old wooden boat named "Evian", which originally

belonged to Charles Ullman of Newport Beach. Evian was designed by Bill Lapworth, an American naval architect. Charles Ullman was a well known ocean racer in the 1950s, and when he retired from ocean racing, he had Evian built in Hong Kong.

Charles Ullman was the father of the famous sail maker Dave Ullman. The story goes that his father made him steer blindfolded when he was learning to sail. In an interview he stated that it served as a big help later on because he was able to use more senses than just sight, allowing him to do tactics and not have to concentrate on steering. This proved to be key to what successes he had later on, including national and world championships to name a few. For many years, Evian cruised the deep seas, winning the Cruising Club of America trophy for the most deep sea miles sailed in a year on several occasions in the 1970s. The boat made several trips from Los Angeles to the Mediterranean, and one year, raced around Ireland.

The current owner that donated these sails, has owned Evian for the last 18 years, and is the third owner. Their trips have been confined to most of the BC Coast.

The sails are both Genoas and where retired because of sun damage to the rear edges of the sails. The bright red and white sail is quite old, and the owner said that it has traveled to the Mediterranean as a light air sail. The other white Genoa is newer, and was one of the owners favourites. Travelling to Alaska and up and down the coast many times.

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