Ki-Raphael Sulkowski finished his traineeship as a sailmaker at the end of 2009. He has not only gained the Certificate 3 in Textile Fabrications but also won the Polytechnic West trainee of the year award in 2010.
With his passion for sailing and previous international competitive sailing it was conclusive for him to stay in the boating industry. After working as a sailmaker and marine trimmer in Western Australia, he has broadened his knowledge at a sailmaking and tent-manufacturing loft in Germany being confronted with added weather conditions like rain, snow and low temperatures the products have to withstand.
His dedication for sailmaking has led him to the decision to start his own business. Returning to Fremantle in early 2015, Ki took on a new challenge starting up K1 Sails using his extensive knowledge gained over the past years also taking on board additional skills learnt in Europe.
Ki is constantly broadening his horizon in the industrial sewing industry and continually improving quality and functionality of his products by using the latest equipment and materials as well as innovative processes and designs.
Isaac graduated from Aquinas College in 2015 and continued onto University for 6 months. After discovering that his love for all things marine did not align with his University degree he decided to return to what he enjoys, anything marine. His decision in late 2016 led Isaac to start as a casual employee at K1 Sails. After a short time Isaac decided this was the career for him and in January of 2017 he started his 3 year apprenticeship in Textile Fabrication.
Isaac’s love from the ocean stems from a childhood of being brought up surrounded by the ocean growing up in Lancelin and embracing the ocean as a place of relaxation and solace. Isaac is also still heavily involved in the Lancelin life as he plays football for the local team on weekends and visits family there regularly.