Yesterday we commented on a story about the role of professionals in sailing after comments made by Nicholas Hayes, the author of Saving Sailing. Our view is that while Mum and Dad spending time on a sailboat might help mend the broken fabric of American society, it might not save sailing.
One of the things that might is real professionals driving the sport through years of experience and passion – professionals like Darren Bundock and Carolijn Brouwer. The multiple Olympians and sailing world champions have joined forces in a new business venture set to create waves for a new generation of sailors.
The venture is partly a result of ISAF deciding to drop the Tornado catamaran from the Olympic program. The talented multihull sailors are starting a new chapter in their lives, which they hope will help spark a resurgence of interest in the sport of sailing. The long-term goal of the pair is to establish a circuit for the best young sailors in the world complete with professional teams, professional racing, professional coaching and professional media coverage.
“We love sailing and want everyone else to love it as much as we do and the best way to do that is to find a class of boat that is attractive to sailors due to its high-performance and speed but is also media and spectator friendly. And we believe we have done that with the C2 Formula 18 and the Viper F16.”
2B Sailing will distribute the C2 Formula 18 and the Viper F16 _ two multihulls in Europe. Taking a cue from other sports where elite athlete endorsement leads to brand loyalty, the pair hope that the stamp of approval by two of the best multihull sailors on the planet will drive interest and sales of the classes.
The C2 Formula 18 is a high-performance racing machine set to impress with a spinnaker, double trapeze and square-top mainsail and set to thrill with its capacity for speed. The two-person Viper has been designed as a potential feeder class and pathway to high-performance sailing for a younger generation of sailors, both male and female.
“These boats are seriously fun, seriously great to sail and fill a gap in the market. We see the Viper as a problem solver as it is the perfect boat for youth, women or mixed crews with an ideal weight combination of between around 115 to 145 kilos. The C2 Formula 18 is just a weapon. It is fast, state-of-the-art and so exciting to sail. It is a boat designed to be a winner on and off the race track.”
“We believe these boats are the way forward for sailing. They are fast, spectacular and fun. That is what sport is about.”
There is certainly room for these pros in sailing.