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Mike Ingham Joins North Sails

Veronica Brown

After more than 10 years of consulting with the world’s leading sailmaker, Ingham takes role as one design specialist

Mike Ingham has joined North Sails as a one design specialist. A graduate of Cornell University and co-founder of an electrical engineering firm, Ingham has been a longtime consultant for the world’s leading sailmaker and recently decided to focus solely on working for North Sails starting in 2015.

“The North Sails One Design team continues to grow and adding Mike to our roster is yet another great asset for our customers and sales representatives,” said Tim Healy, president of North Sails’ One Design division. “He brings many talents to the table including the ability to analyze sail shape, tuning expertise, and he can convey and teach highly technical information in a way that is easy to understand,” said Healy. “Mike also has natural sailing talent and a genuine love for grass roots one design sailing. He will be another experienced voice to help our sail designers and we look forward to offering his talents and expertise to our customers,” Healy concluded.

A racing editor for Sailing World magazine, Mike has an impressive list of sailing accomplishments including over 20 national and continental championships to his name in a variety of classes including: J/24s, Thistles, JY15s and Tornados. He is the current US Sailing Championship of Champions winner and boasts an extensive coaching resume with national teams, individuals, clinics and colleges. With an engineering background, Mike’s approach to coaching, writing and his own sailing style is technical yet practical.

Based in Rochester, NY, Mike will continue to develop and test sails and help customers reach their full potential on the water using both a one-on-one approach and through North’s Regatta Services coaching programs. “I have enjoyed my career path in electrical engineering but sailing is my true passion,” said Ingham. “In addition to sailing and coaching, I find writing for Sailing World magazine very gratifying with a focus on tuning, trimming and other go-fast techniques,” Ingham said. “The technical side of sailing and sailmaking is a special point of interest for me and my goal is to help others learn about and love sailing as much as I do,” he concluded.

Contact: Mike Ingham:, 585-370-1027