Steve Benjamin
 

Steve Benjamin joined the North Sails team in October of 2000. Previously Steve (known throughout the sailing community as "Benj") was running Banks Sails USA, based in Oyster Bay and Bethpage, NY, from 1988-2000. Benj is experienced in every aspect of increasing boat speed, from sail design and sail trim to hull preparation, rig tuning, instrumentation and steering.

benj@sales.northsails.com

 
     

Tom Castiglione
 

Tom Castiglione is originally from Port Jefferson on Long Island, NY.  He learned to sail with his uncle on Candlewood lake in CT, and took walking the docks of Port Jefferson as a teenager on race days.

Tom began working for North in 2000 and he currently specializes in the Swan 42 class. In past years he focused on Farr 395s, IMS 40s and J44s.

Tom has competed avidly in the J44 class, winning the North American Championships multiple times. He has also won two Farr 395 North Americans, top 3 at Melges 24 Nationals, and competed in 10 Newport to Bermuda Races.

While sailing takes up most weekends, Tom enjoys skiing in the winter when he has time. He has recently taken up road cycling and is planning a couple of treks in 2013.

tomc@sales.northsails.com
mobile: 516-790-7498
skype:tomcastiglione

 
     

Tom McLaughlin
 
Tom McLaughlin began sailing after his family built a Blue Jay together and sailed it regularly on Mission Bay in their hometown of San Diego, CA.

In 1968 Tom was hired by Lowell North as a young dinghy sailor in San Diego. Currently focusing on Maxis and Superyachts, Tom has past experience in smaller One Design classes such as Snipes, Lightnings, Solings, and the OK Dinghy.

A two-time college All-American, Tom won College Nationals with San Diego State University in 1968 and 1969. His sailing experience includes Admiral's Cups of the 70's & 80's, and an America's Cup effort in 1987 with the NYYC. Tom is also a two time Maxi World Champion. Though these are important accomplishments, Tom values the friendships he's made throughout his sailing career just as much.

Tom says his free time is run by his children and grandchildren, and recently has taken to adventuring in his RV.

Tomac@sales.northsails.com
mobile: 203 996 7622
skype: tomac57

 
     

Jay Mueller
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Jay Mueller grew up in Cleveland, OH and, like many others in the sailing community, sailing ran in his family. His parents are both well known among regional and international sailing circles and Jay was raised within his father's boat building business, "my father built Lightning's, Snipes and several other smaller one design classes and in the mid 1970's built several IOR one tonners with Carl Eichenlaub from San Diego, CA."
 
Jay started working for North Sails/Thomas Sailmakers on April fools day 1990. "I got my drivers license a week before and my father told me I needed a job so I went there first and got hired on the spot". The local loft produced custom sail work for regional customers, and North Sails soon merged with them after the Star Worlds were hosted by Cleveland Yacht Club later that fall.

Currently Jay sails in several small One Design classes such as the Lightning, Thistle, Etchells, J-22, J-24, Melges 24, Melges 32, Tartan 10 and Interlake. While he has experience in just about everything, he prefers to "stick with my roots of sailing mostly one design boats: Farr 30, IMS 40, Farr 40, IOR 50's…and the smaller classes too."
 
Top 5 sailing accomplishments:
*Interlake National championships 1st place 2012 (Crewed for Jim Ward)
*Thistle Connecticut Districts 1st place 2012 (Crewed for North's Steve Gruver)
*Lightning Midwinter event in Miami 2nd place 2012 (tied with Greg Fisher for 1st and crewed for Jim Ward who was top amateur at event)
*Lightning CT/RI districts 1st place 2011 (Crewed for North's Ched Proctor)
*Lightning Southern Circuit champs 2007 (Crewed for Ched)
 
Though sailing and sailmaking take up much of his time, Jay spends his off days with his wife and one and a half year old daughter, who he says is "the best thing that's ever happened to me".

jay@service.northsails.com
mobile: 401 662 0397

 
     

Jack Orr
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Jack relocated from North Sails in San Diego, CA and joined the sales team at North Sails East in Milford, CT in 2000. He has been a sailmaker for nearly 20 years and has been working at North Sails since 1988. Until his move to Connecticut, he had been primarily involved with the production of new sails.

During his sailmaking career he has been involved with every aspect of sail production from design to shipping. He even spent some time working part time for North Technologies building our own M-90 laser plotters. After his first few years at San Diego, Jack moved to San Leandro, CA in 1993 to become the head sailmaker at the 3DL prototype plant. With the completion of the 3DL plant in Minden, Nevada in 1996, Jack moved back to San Diego to become the Loft Manager. In 2000 Jack decided to relocate and at the same time switch to the sales team, rounding out his abilities as a sailmaker.

Jack is also an avid sailor and enjoys sailing on every size boat. His easy going manner and integral knowledge of boats and sails make him a key player within the North Sails team.

JackO@sales.northsails.com

 
     

Paul Van Dyke
  © Meghan Sepe

Paul Van Dyke started sailing with his father at a young age in their hometown of Groton, CT.

Paul signed on with North Sails in 1982. While he does not specialize in any one class, Paul has experience in a wide range of sailboats, from small One Design classes to ice boats, Grand Prix and Ocean Racing vessels.

Having competed in two Whitbread races and ten TransAtlantic races, Paul has over 50,000 miles of blue water ocean racing experience. Paul holds the 2001 Transatlantic and 24hr speed record, the 2004 non-stop around the world record and completed the 1997-98 Whitbread Race with 4 podium finishes. He also placed 5th at the 1988 Tornado Olympic Trials, and won the 2005 Rolex Maxi World Championships.

His spare time is spent with family, skiing, sailing or toying around with cars and motorcycles.

paulvd@sales.northsails.com
mobile: 860 235 5787
skype: paul.van.dyke

 
     


Jeremy Wilmot
 

A native of Sydney, Australia, Jeremy won many national championship titles as a junior sailor and then moved to the US in 2005 where he attended St Mary’s College earning a degree in Economics. In 2007, Jeremy was selected for Roy Disney’s feature sailing film project – Morning Light and was later was selected by his peers on the team to skipper the TP 52 for the 2007 Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, HI.  Since his major motion picture debut, Jeremy has been invited to race as tactician onboard many one-design boats and was part of the 2009 Melges 32 World Championship winning team Bliksem and the 2011 Melges 24 National winning team New England Ropes.

“Jeremy’s accomplishments are truly astonishing for a sailor still in his twenties,” said Tom Castiglione, sales manager at the Milford, CT and Huntington, NY sail lofts. “His understanding of how the boat, mast and sails work together is remarkable.  I’ve known Jeremy and his family for many years and I believe salt water really does run in his veins,” Castiglione continued. “Our clients demand the very best from our sails and our sales and sail care professionals. Jeremy is already living up to this expectation and will be a tremendous asset to the North Sails team going forward.”

“My brother started working for North Sails in Sydney when he was 16 and ever since then, I’ve known that I would like to work for North one day as well,” said Wilmot, who started racing sailboats at age five when he participated in a State Championship onboard a Manly Junior in Sydney. “I have been a North Sails customer for 20 years so I can speak firsthand about how good North products are. It’s this knowledge that I hope to impart to my customers,” Wilmot said.

When asked about his biggest sailing accomplishment, Wilmot talks about his time on Morning Light and the pressures from within that came with the project. “What we accomplished as a team onboard Morning Light was significant. It was the hardest I’ve ever been pushed as a sailor. Roy (Disney) believed in us so much and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to succeed. Even though we didn’t win, the project was a huge success and I am very proud to have been a part of it.” However, a bit of sibling rivalry was near the top of the sailing accomplishment list as well. “Beating my brother, who is six years older than me, at the Melges 24 Nationals this year by 7 seconds is also an accomplishment that I will cherish,” Wilmot said with a laugh.

“I think many sailors aspire to race in the America’s Cup or in the Volvo Ocean Race or maybe win a Gold Medal. Right now, I just want to keep pushing myself to progress in the sport and reach new limits,” Wilmot said. “I know what it’s like to be a client of North Sails so I can identify with my customers and educate them on how to make their boat go fast. By working for North Sails, I am adding to my knowledge and passion for sails, design, manufacturing and being on the inside of all production to keep my clients in touch with everything that goes in to helping them win on the race course.

Wilmot@sales.northsails.com