North Sails LOFT NEWS
NORTH SAILS IN DETROIT WELCOMES NEW EXPERTISE
Spencer Colpaert Joins The Midwest Regional Sales Team
Spencer’s passion for sailing started on the Detroit River and Lake St Clair racing in Bayview Yacht Club’s Jr. Sailing Program on Optis, 420s and Lasers. When Spencer wasn’t sailing dinghies, he was out on the water sailing every evening and weekend race he could, learning valuable skills on a variety of different boats.
He also spent endless hours training on Bayview’s fleet of Ultimate 20s, match racing against some of the top sailors in the world. He now races alongside various match racing teams, including teams that have reached 1st in the US and 16th in the world at World Match Race Tour events. Following his push into match racing, Spencer sailed with top teams in the Beneteau 36.7, Farr 40, Melges 24, 32 and J70 One Design classes as well as larger boats such as TP52’s and the Maxi Z86, Windquest, among many others.
Spencer began his sailmaking career in Detroit working on the loft floor learning the ins and outs of the trade. He trained in Annapolis to further refine his skills, as well as Newport, RI. His years working on the loft floor have provided him with the insight to repair sails, as well as consult customers on sail designs.
After 10 years in the sail making industry, Spencer is very excited to make his move back home to Detroit to help support the sailing community in both Detroit and the entire Great Lakes region with the North Sails Detroit team. Spencer understands the community and knows what it takes to help his customers in any aspect on and off the water.