Started simply, sitting on the floor of a friends garage, but got up to speed quickly with a table and my Sailrite sewing machine.
One of the men, Justino Galindo Martinez called me 4 or 5 times in the months following my first delivery and asked if I was coming back with more sails.. More Sails??
A few sentences later, I understood there was a demand for new sails sized to fit their ulus. I gave it some thought, then proceeded to prep for another stint at sail making.
The result was an order for 1100 yards of sail cloth and all the periferal materials and equipment necessary to produce them, including a location.
I rented a building, set it up with electric, lighting and tables then began cutting material..
Long story made short.. more sails have been made than I can as yet deliver or distribute..
This is where the story takes an interesting and inspiring turn.
A cruiser or two began to contact me, asking questions and lending verbal support to the Ulu Sail Project. Then one couple, Frank and Gretchen really got behind the idea and began to promote it within the sailing community in the San Blas region, and even got word over to a gent in Germany who did some promotion over there.
Friends of Frank and Gretchen, Tom and Julie of sailing vessel Gris-Gris, happened to be in the U.S. at the time but soon heading to the San Blas, offered to take a few sails south with them for distribution.. A small snowball effect, but things were building. The sails arrived a month later in the San Blas and with the word out, some cruisers began to purchase a sail or two, at cost ...to later on, be given away or bartered for molas of their choice.
It often takes a village, the saying goes...but it is wonderful to see it happening. Really, really nice.
...Today, in an email from Frank: