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Tom Sitzmann

A lifelong sailor, Tom Sitzmann brings a broad range of sailing experience to North Sails. Along with extensive one design racing experience and success, Tom brings a professional background that includes sail loft ownership/management, and significant sail coaching experience.

Also a lifelong educator, over the past three decades Tom has coached sailing and directed high-level youth sailing programs from Maine to Annapolis. He was an assistant offshore & dinghy coach at the USNA, head coach at Bowdoin College, and more recently head coach at Severn School, where Tom guided the team to a National championship, the first and only Chesapeake Bay school ever to win the prestigious Mallory Trophy.

Most recently, Tom has become very involved in the Optimist and i420 classes, studying and analyzing rig tuning and sail design, and has re-built an elite youth sailing team for the Chesapeake Bay. Tom’s son Tommy had a remarkable Optimist career, winning several major USODA championships, finishing in the top five in the 2018 World Championship, and winning the US Team Trials. Tommy now embarks on a career in the double-handed International 420.

Tom ‘s offshore experience includes many distance races in New England, a transatlantic passage, a celestially-guided Marion-Bermuda Race, and most recently he brought his family to Bermuda aboard their J/145 Airwaves.

Tom has a great deal of dinghy and PHRF racing experience, competing successfully in the Laser, J/24, 505 and J/22, winning several regional and district championships in those classes, both in New England and the Mid-Atlantic.

After learning the sailmaking trade in Maine, Tom started his own loft and created a successful business that is still going strong today (North Sails Maine). After selling the sail loft and returning with his family to Annapolis, Tom took a position with Severn School teaching and coaching, and also started a sailing business venture, Sail1Design.
“I am thrilled to return to sailmaking and to work for a strong, successful company like North Sails,” Tom says. “I have always had a great deal of respect for North Sails, the people that work here, and their business philosophy. I am eager to contribute to the team, and to our customers!”

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