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Pedro Gianotti

Pedro Gianotti first started sailing as a child in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the Club Nautico San Isidro. With a lifetime of sailing experience, Pedro has an impressive background in IOR, IMS, PHRF and one-design sailing.

In 1976 Pedro opened Gianotti Sails in Buenos Aires. The Gianotti loft excelled in design of the 470 dinghy, Soling and Tornado classes, Half and One Tonners, as well IOR and IMS rules. Along with racing sails, Pedro also constructed cruising inventory for many different bluewater yachts. The loft has cuts sails for the tallship A.R.A Libertad, and in 1986 made the sail inventory for the 75 foot schooner Tortuga.

The Gianotti loft has been working with UK Sailmakers since 1987. In this time, Pedro was granted several awards such as the UK Spinnakers Design in 1998 and one of the best Tape Drive Main Designer the following year. His work with UK includes sail repairs for the 1989-90 Whitbread Boats, many 40 to 60 foot IMS designs, and a very strong background in One Design racing. He has designed sails for the Argentinean Navy ("Fortuna2" - Frers design), Ecuadorian Navy ("Alcance" - Frers design), as well as for the Uruguayan Navy ("Bonanza" - Frers design).

Since 2001 the loft moved to Houston, Texas and focused on strengthening the one design racing on a local and national level. Pedro considers one design racing to be very important to the sailing community. UK/Halsey Sailmakers - Houston excels in a wide variety of classes, from J/boats (J/22, J/24, J/90, and J/92s designs), to Solings, Etchells, and various other racing classes throughout North America. Cruising sails from the smallest daysailor to modern ocean cruising yachts are also constructed from start to finish in the full production loft.

As a racer, Pedro has competed in many championships and regattas.

His sailing background includes:
1977 Soling Worlds 
1978 Argentinean Soling Championships (1st)
1979 Buenos Aires-Rio de Janeiro Race on board "Victoria" (2nd class A)

He has raced the Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro Race, an international offshore event, 7 different times from 1979 to 1999 and the Buenos Aires-Mar del Plata Race 5 times 
1992. Regata Colon America 500 Atlantic cross in "Fortuna 2" a Frers 54ft
1992. 1st Block Island Race week in PHRF (USA)
Many short offshore races under IOR, IMS, FIC (PHRF level Argentina), ORC and PHRF (USA).

1st Buenos Aires-Mar del Plata driving "Vanidosa" 
1st Buenos Aires - Mar del Plata driving "Ancora"
1st Mil Millas (1,000 mile offshore regatta, Chile), 1990 driving F&C 40 "Alcance" 
3rd Galapagos Race (600 miles, Ecuador), 1993 driving F&C 40 "Alcance"
1st Galapagos Race, 1996 driving F&C 40 "Viña del Mar"
1st FIC Argentinean Championship 1994 in "Andina"
2nd FIC Argentinean Championship 1995 in "Andina"
1st FIC Argentinean Championship 1996 in "Debra"
1st FIC Argentinean Championship 1998 in "Ochocientos"
1st Real Time Buenos Aires-Rio de Janeiro Race, 1999 in Frers 50 "Bonanza"
1st Copa del Rey 1999 (Spain) in JOD 35 class
6th Cork 2000, (Canadian Soling National Championship), Kingston Canada 
5th Soling South American Championship, Buenos Aires 2001 
8th Soling Worlds, Buenos Aires 2001 
4th U.S. Soling National Championships 2002
6th J/80 World Championships

Emmett Dickheiser


     Emmett Dickheiser began sailing at age eleven on a family vacation to the Eastern Caribbean. His first time at the helm was on a chartered 12 Meter! After spending a few summers diving and sailing larger cruising catamarans he spent time on the Texas A&M University at Galveston sailing team honing his skills on 420's, Laser's, and FJ's.

     At the beginning of 2013, Emmett joined the loft in Kemah and transitioned to sailing in Galveston Bay. When he's not at the loft, you'll find him managing a racing program, sailing to Bermuda, or even delivering a boat with our sails (almost 10,000 nm this year!). His passion is definitely offshore, but he still excels around the buoys.

     In 2013 Emmett got the opportunity to jump into the newly formed J/70 class and has enjoyed fostering sail development in a new class. He even took the role as Galveston Bay's fleet measurer leading up to J/70 North Americans in 2016. Traveling the East Coast with Kenai lately has given Emmett an incredible insight into IRC, ORR, ORC, and their optimizations.

     Emmett was also a board member of Galveston Bay Cruising Association, 2017 Fleet Captain, and a two-time winner of "Crewmember of the Year."

Some of his notable sailing background includes:

1st- 2017 J/44 North American Championship and Block Island Race Week

1st- 2017 Nassau Cup Ocean Race

1st- 2017 Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race

1st- New York Yacht Club Around the Island Race 2016

1st- New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta 2016 and 2017

1st- J/24 Texas Circuit 2014

1st- Texas Offshore Racing Circuit 2013

1st- Stamford Yacht Club Vineyard Race 2016

1st- J/105 Midwinters 2014

2nd- J/109 North Americans 2013

Newport Bermuda Race 2014 and 2016

Annapolis to Newport Race 2015

Three Harvest Moon Regatta's with two division victories aboard Kenai and Good Leif

J/105 North Americans 2012

J/70 North Americans 2016

Over 10,000 miles of deliveries and cruising!