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 (now K1 Marine Trimming) 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 marine trimming industry and continually improving quality and functionality of his products by using the latest equipment and materials as well as innovative processes and designs.
Mid 2018 Ki has been appointed a part time position at North Metropolitan TAFE as Lecturer for the Certificate III in Manufactured Textile Products.