With over 30 years of experience, Dominic Marchal has sailmaking in his blood. Upon his graduation from high school, Dominic’s mother Susan Ashley, an accomplished sailmaker in her own right, introduced him to the trade. Since then, there has been no looking back.
Dominic started his career at Tom Blackaller’s North Sails loft in Alameda, which was at the time the largest production facility in Northern California. For several years he worked with Mr. Blackaller, learning both sailing and sailmaking from some of the best in the business.
For the following ten years, Dominic expanded his experience with sailmaking and sailing by working for many of the sailmakers in the Bay Area as well as around the world. He has spent time sailing and working in such place as Australia, Europe, the Far East, Central America, and the Caribbean.
In 2000, Dominic joined the Italian America’s Cup Challenger, Prada, as one of their sailmakers. He spent the next three years commuting between Italy and New Zealand with the team as they trained year round in their quest to win the Cup.
During his time with Prada, Dominic not only built sails, but also spent many days on the water, working with the sail designers and trimmers, gaining extensive knowledge on sail design and construction.
After the America’s Cup, Dominic took some time to pursue a degree in business administration at the California Maritime Academy, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.
With a passion for the sport of sailing and the craft of sailmaking, Dominic decided to try his hand at managing his own loft.
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