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Board Member

Phone: (410) ***-****  HQ Phone
National Sailing Hall of Fame
67-69 Prince George Street
Annapolis , Maryland 21401
United States

Company Description: The National Sailing Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational institution. The National Sailing Hall of Fame is a national institution located in the City of...   more

Employment History

  • Competitive Sailor
  • President
    UK Sailmakers Ltd
  • Owner
    UK-Halsey Sailmakers Annapolis
  • North Sails Inc
  • Murphy & Nye

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • degree , business
    University of Southern California
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Web References
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Scott Allan
Chesapeake Team, 21 Nov 2014 [cached]
Scott Allan
Scott Allan Local sailmaker Scott Allan of Scott Allan Sailing Services and Scott Allan Sailmakers, Inc. joined North Sails in July of 2014. Scott is returning to his sailmaking roots after working for one of Lowell North’s original ‘tigers’, Peter Barrett, while attending the University of Southern California in the early 1970s.
Scott is a sales representative and sail care consultant at North Sails working at the Annapolis loft at 317 Chester Avenue.
“North Sails is always trying to expand our knowledge base and experience and Scott Allan brings both to the table,†said Ken Read, President of North Sails Group. “Not only is Scott an excellent sailor and sailmaker, but he has a loyal following because of his approachable personality and his experience both on the racecourse and off,†said Read. “We look forward to working with Scott and welcoming his clients and I’m confident he’s a great fit for North Sails.†Read concluded.
Scott Allan grew up in southern California and was urged by Peter Barrett to try out for the 1972 Olympics.
After graduating with a degree in business from USC, Scott worked for Murphy & Nye, a well-known sailmaker in Eastport, MD, before opening his own business in 1975. Scott currently has over 1,500 local clients and is a successful competitive sailor as well as an inductee of the Annapolis Maritime Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Maritime Advisory board for the city of Annapolis and he is a National Sailing Hall of Fame board member.
Scott can be reached by calling 410-269-5662 (North Sails in Annapolis) or 443-822-6973 (mobile) or by email:Â
AYC Racing Column May 1998, 20 Nov 2001 [cached]
AYC's winning team was headed by Skipper Chris Larson (current Rolex Yachtsman of the Year) sailing in the Catalina 37 class, with crew Dave Decker, Fred Potts, Scott Allan, Andrew Scott, Jahn Tihansky, and Shane Zwingelberg.
Hutchinson won the Congressional Cup in 1990, and AYC member Scott Allan was the youngest winner ever in 1967.
Inside Annapolis | Past Issues, 1 Jan 2002 [cached]
It's a proven test of seamanship and one's ability to "feel" the wind in the sails and the wash of the water as it glides past the rudder, according to world-class sailor and local businessman Scott Allan.
He doesn't recommend doing this for a long duration of time, or if one is alone, but Scott indicated that many world-class sailors can sail a boat faster by feel than by relying on instruments. And he should know---he has won a number of sailboat races since he first entered competitive sailing during the early 1970s.
Born and raised in Southern California, Scott developed an early interest in sailing. By the time he enrolled in college at the University of Southern California, he became quite skilled at the sport. During his college years, he worked for Peter Barrett at North Sails. Barrett was a former Olympic gold medalist and encouraged Scott to try out for the 1972 Olympics.
After a four-year campaign, Scott won the trials and qualified for the 1972 Olympics in Kiel, Germany.
After he graduated with a business degree from USC, he went to work for Murphy & Nye, a well-known sailmaker in Eastport. The company was based on Eastern Avenue and it was here that Scott learned some advanced skills in sailmaking under the mentorship of Al McKinsey, whom Scott refers to as "a gifted man with a needle." The company was based on Eastern Avenue and it was here that Scott learned some advanced skills in sailmaking under the mentorship of Al McKinsey, whom Scott refers to as "a gifted man with a needle."
In 1975, Scott decided to go out on his own and opened a small sail loft on West Street in Annapolis. "We wanted to be near the water but could not find any space," he says. Two years later, a piece of property located at 108 Severn Avenue came on the market and Scott bought it. The company has been there ever since. In subsequent years, the company joined the Doyle Group of sailmakers and, by 1985, a consolidation of smaller sailmakers led to the merger of Ulmer & Kolius, which came to be known as "UK."
Scott merged with the company in 1993.
"We knew in 1974 that computers were the way to go," explains Scott, "and we were able to design sails from a computer that incorporated an aerodynamic software program.
The only time we actually use scissors anymore is for trimming the edges of the panels," Scott explains.
A sewing machine, which is also computerized, sews the panels together into the overall shape of the sail. "It's much like putting together pieces of a jigsaw puzzle," he says.
As a successful competitive sailor, Scott Allan knows the value of good sail design. "We design a sail depending on what we think the conditions will be," he says, "and the design of the boat hull is a critical factor in our work."
In 1988, he entered the multi-hull ProSail series. "It was some of the most exciting sailing I've ever done," he says. The boats are designed to sail with one hull hiked up out of the water at a routinely fast pace of 20 knots. In some instances, he achieved speeds of 35 knots. "The only boats that could keep up with us were the small, fast chase boats," he says. The series had large corporate sponsors like Tide, AC Delco and others, but slow economic times during the late '80s forced them to pull out and the ProSail series ended after three years.
Now Scott Allan's competitive sailing is with his customers---usually as tactician. "To be successful, everyone has to work together. It takes four or five people making adjustments all the time. In competitive sailing, half an inch of sail trim can make the difference between winning and losing," he says.
Several years ago, Scott Allan was inducted into the first class of the Annapolis Maritime Hall of Fame along with other well-known sailors---Gary Jobson, Arnie Gay, John Sherwood and Stuart Walker.
Over the years, Scott Allan has given back to the community through volunteer programs and projects which he believes will help future generations to become part of the maritime industry. From his early days in Annapolis coaching sailing at the Naval Academy to his most recent contribution as a board member of the Fales Committee---the maritime advisory board at the Naval Academy---Scott stays involved. "It's important for me to help future generations," he says.
UK Sailmakers February 2003, 1 Feb 2003 [cached]
The following report was written by Scott Allan, President of UK Sailmakers in Annapolis, Md.
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