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Eric Wakefield has been a sailmaker in our Portsmouth, RI loft for 20 years. Starting on the floor under master sailmaker Dolph Gabler in 1998, Eric made the career move to sailmaking after spending some time working in McMichaels Boatyard in Mamaroneck, NY. This move felt natural to Eric, as he could relate his drawing and visual skills he developed in art school to the art of sailmaking.
During his tenure at North Sails, Eric has been involved in a vast variety of projects which include; small club race sails, to high profile programs including work for the America’s Cup syndicates and Volvo Ocean Race teams. Eric also has a strong background in superyachts.
“I have been very lucky in my sailmaking career. If it has sails and it’s in the US, at some point I have probably helped the project move forward, regardless of the sailmaker.”
Eric managed the service team in Portsmouth, RI, North Sails largest repair loft in North America and the hub for superyacht sail care in the US. In 2021, he transitioned to a primarily a sales position while still coordinating service for a select group.
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
1 Maritime Dr.
Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871