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The Mad Sails Story

Ryan and Stacey

M ad Sails is a well-established sail loft located just outside Madison, Wisconsin, that is owned and run by Ryan Malmgren and his wife, Stacey Rieu. Using only high quality sailcloth, Ryan designs and builds the sails himself with a careful attention to detail that cannot be matched by overseas mass production. Despite the superior quality, Mad sails are typically less expensive than other brands. And you can't beat the personal attention provided by Ryan and Stacey!

After taking a stab at law school in the late 1980's, Ryan decided to follow his sailing passion instead. He taught sailing at the Puget Sound Sailing Institute in Seattle and worked production with Jack Christiansen at Shore Sails and later, North Sails. In 2002, Malmgren returned to his Midwestern roots in Madison, Wisconsin, and opened his own production loft -- Mad Sails. In 2013, Ryan married Stacey Rieu, an excellent sailor in her own right, and she began working full-time at the loft a few years later when it moved to Verona.


Ryan grew up sailing dinghies, and over the years, he became an expert sailor in a variety of boats including Flying Scots, Thistles, Lasers, MCs and various other one-designs. Now he uses his lifetime of competitive sailing and over twenty-five years of sailmaking experience to create unique sail designs that go fast.


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Mad Flying Scot* Sailors

NOTE: Mad sailors are NOT professionals
paid to compete with our sails.

2022 NACs, Championship Division:
David Ames and PJ Buehler - 1st place
Tyler Andrews & Jacob Feisley - 2nd place
Dave Rink and Joel Blade - 4th place

2022 NACs, Challenger Division:
Larry Taggart and Carrie Berger - 1st place.
Tim Porter and Jennifer Porter - 4th place.
Kristian Weeder and Kristen Weeder - 5th place

2022 Florida Circuit Race 4 at Davis Island:
David Ames - 1st place
John Clark - 3rd Place

2021 Northeast Regional Districts:
John and Connie Eckart - 1st place
Dave Rousseau & Jay McNeff placed 3rd and Greg & Diane Kampf placed 4th

2021 Sandy Douglass Memorial:
Tyler and Carrie Andrews - 1st place

2021 Ohio Districts:
Tyler and Carrie Andrews - 1st place

2021 NACs
David Ames and PJ Buehler - 1st place

2019 ACCs:
Tyler and Carrie Andrews - 1st place

2019 Women's NACs:
Melanie Dunham - 2nd place

2019 Saratoga Lake Regatta:
Gary Werden - 1st place

2019 Ephraim Regatta:
John and Connie Eckart - 1st place

2019 New England Districts:
John and Connie Eckart - 2nd place

2019 FS Open and NY Lakes Districts:
George Weir - 1st place

2019 Sandy Douglass Memorial:
Bruce and Lynn Kitchen - 1st place

2019 NACs:
Tyler and Carrie Andrews - 2nd place

2019 Ohio Districts:
Mark and Maria Benner - 1st place

2018 Fall 48:
Mark Swanson and John Eckart - 1st place

2018 ACCs:
Mark Swanson and John Eckart - 1st place

2018 NACs:
Tyler Andrews and Bill Bruss - 2nd place

2018 Midwinters, Championship Division:
David Ames & PJ Buhler and Mark Swanson & Mike Hennessy - 2nd and 4th respectively
Between them, they won 4 of the 5 races.

2018 Midwinters, Challenger Division:
Bill Vogler, Peg Woodworth, and Carey Seven - 1st place.
Greg and Diane Kampf - 3rd place.
Mad sailors won 4 of the top 7 places.

2017 ACCs:
David Neff and Jason Hair - 1st place

2017 Indy Regatta:
Bruce and Lynn Kitchen - 2nd place

2017 Midwinters, Challenger Division:
Greg and Diane Kampf - 2nd place

2017 Buckeye Regatta and 2017 Egyptian Cup Regatta:
Bruce and Lynn Kitchen - 1st place

* Conor McMahon and Boden Kwasnick were also using a Mad sail when they won the 2019 Butterfly Junior Nationals.

NOTE: The above is only a partial list of Mad sailors' achievements!
Congratulations to all!

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