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KiteShip Taps Ocean Racing Sailor for CEO
Jeremy Walker is a seasoned Silicon Valley and international technology executive. An experienced ocean racing sailor with over 200,000 sea miles under his belt, he has extensive connections in the marine industry.
A keen interest in renewable energy technologies had been his primary focus since 2000, and he has been advising clean energy startups on product development, marketing and positioning for investment.
Co-founder and Chairman of Intermodular, an international clean energy non-profit, he has recently handed over daily management of the organization to join KiteShip, and move the company’s proprietary traction kite technology into mainstream commercial application.
Prior to 2001, he held positions as Chairman and COO of GreyZone, a Capitola-based web applications developer, and VP North American Marketing and Global Alliances at Agresso, a large Norwegian ERP software vendor.
A British and Australian dual national, Jeremy moved to Palo Alto, CA from London in 1994 to launch the US operations of Interactive Group, organizer of the Softworld series of high-level corporate software tradeshows & conferences. He joined Interactive at its formation in 1991, and helped build it to a successful cash acquisition by iMark Communications of Natick, MA in May 1998.
Before Interactive, Jeremy founded Academy Business Corp, a London-based marketing and sports sponsorship consultancy, following twelve years at sea as a professional worldwide ocean racing skipper, project manager, navigator and campaign manager.
Educated privately in England, Jeremy studied engineering at Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, and also speaks French and Italian. He continues to race big sailboats on San Francisco Bay.
Contact Jeremy at +1 (650) 856-7946. [email protected]
From November Latitude 38; www.latitude38.com
3000 sq ft OutLeader in SF Bay
Had a great afternoon this past week aboard the TP52 “Flash” in San Francisco Bay. We were reading the same thing on the speedo and the apparent wind meter–low twelves. Not a bad showing for no mainsail or staysail up. I don’t think we saw 15 kts true, all day, and a lot of 10-12 as the photos show. This kite is 3000 sq ft; about 20% larger than Flash’s biggest asym.
The guys on Flash are QUICK. The helm took no more than half an hour to learn to “work” the big kite with the boat’s helm–bring it up to drive the kite forward; down to drive it up. You can FEEL the power surges, in this light boat and big kite. Kudos to Will Paxton, and a huge Thanks to Mark Jones, Dick Watts and Tom Thayer.
More photos here.
Explorer Dom Mee Chooses OutLeader™ Kites for Atlantic Crossing
Congratulations to Dom Mee on choosing OutLeader kites by KiteShip as his sole source of power for his August 2005 North Atlantic crossing. Dom will use a stable of OutLeader kites in his epic voyage from St. Johns, Newfoundland to Exmouth, Exeter.
Dom will join such famous kite sailors as George Pocock, who raced kite boats in Bristol Harbor in 1825 and Samuel Cody, who first crossed the English Channel via kite boat in 1903. Congratulations Dom!
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Dom Mee’s KiteQuest
OutLeader kite and dinghy
KiteShip Garners Two Guinness World Records
In April 2005 Guinness World Records announces that KiteShip Corporation has been awarded two world records.
From Guinness: “A 420 sq meter (4521 sq ft) traction kite manufactured by KiteShip Corporation (USA) was used to propel an 8.5 tonne (18,740 lb) yacht near Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, in 6 december, 2004, the largest kite ever used to pull a vehicle of any kind.”
And, “A 70 sq meter (750 sq ft) traction kite manufactured by KiteShip Corporation (USA) pulled a 25 tonne (55,115 lb) Americas Cup Class yacht at a speed around 7 knolts (13 km/h or 8 mph) for 45 mins in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand, on 17 December 2002”
“We are very proud to be recognized for these achievements,” said KiteShip founder Dave Culp. “We are currently shipping kites 5-15 times as large as any competitors’ prototypes. We’ve shipped half a dozen OutLeader™ kites larger than 2000 sq ft and we are looking forward to building much larger kites yet.”
Congratulations to AAPT on their finish in the 2004 Sydney Hobart!
KiteShip delivered the world’s largest sailing kite to AAPT on December 4, with just 18 sailing days until the start of the race–at least half of which were lost to the fickle Sydney Summer wind. After 3 days of trialing, the kite was taken off the boat for recutting. During the trialing, Langman noted, “The kite likes pressure. Perhaps its best condition will be offwind in 50 kts–when you can’t set anything else!”
The recut kite was returned to AAPT in time for racing, but with long range (accurate) weather forecasts predicting gale force headwinds for most of the race, AAPT’s skipper opted to keep the big kite in its bag, avoid the ratings penalty and race with the boat’s existing spinnakers.
AAPT Practicing in Sydney
© 2004 AAPT
Giant Free-Flying Kite Replaces Spinnaker on Sydney-Hobart Race Favorite
November 10, 2004 – For the first time in a major ocean race, spinnaker-replacement kites will be flown on a maxi racing yacht, Sean Langman’s 66-foot AAPT (ex Grundig), in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starting on December 26, 2004.
AAPT has taken line honors in almost every offshore race in Australia, and is known as a serious giant-killer, regularly mixing it up with much bigger 90 footers. But to capture his first Sydney Hobart line honors trophy this year, Langman knows he has do something completely new – go fly a kite.
The OutLeader™ kite flies in the stronger stable wind well above the level of the boat’s masthead, providing enormous pulling power. The kite looks like half of a giant parachute, but measures as a spinnaker. Unlike a normal spinnaker, it is sheeted only from the deck, so it doesn’t contribute to heeling the boat or burying the bow. This means that the risks of uncontrolled spinnaker wipe-outs are almost eliminated.
Never one to shrink from adding leading-edge developments to the already blisteringly fast 66-foot ‘skiff-on-steroids’ AAPT, owner and skipper Sean Langman is excited to be breaking into new territory again. “I am definite on having a go,” Langman says. “The whole crew is looking forward to the kite.”
AAPT’s 420 square meter OutLeader kite is being designed and built by KiteShip Corporation of Martinez, California, who have been developing sailing kites for more than 25 years. KiteShip’s President Dave Culp explains: “We know of no other controllable traction kite which simultaneously has only 3 lines, no bridles, no inflatable chambers and no battens or spars, which is why we have patented it.” Over 40 yachts from 30 to 75 feet are now using OutLeader™ kites, but AAPT is the first big boat to race offshore with one.
The AAPT crew is planning some serious training sessions with their new kite. “It’s a bit different when your spinnaker flies on 100 metre sheets, 70 metres above the water,” says KiteShip’s head sailmaker, Roger Hall. “But since the OutLeader kite needs no pole, it is a joy to gybe.”
Using OutLeader kites will also free AAPT’s crew from having to pump water ballast aboard the lightweight downwind flyer to counteract a normal spinnaker. “I reckon the most benefit for us will be the reduction of heeling moment, leading to less water ballast of which we currently use 3 tonnes down wind,” says Langman.
The 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starts on Sydney Harbour on December 26th 2004 and finishes 628 miles south in Hobart, Tasmania. It is often described as the most grueling long ocean race in the world. No yacht race start in the world attracts such a huge number of spectators – both on the water and lining the shore. If the wind gods allow, the spectacle of AAPT powering through the harbor under her huge kite will be an eye-opener. Sean Langman just wants to go fly his kite all the way to a giant-killing win in Tasmania.
First Ever Performance-Based Sail Guarantee
“If, after 15 hours flying time, your boat is not faster than an identical boat, with the same size spinnaker, in the same conditions (minimum average wind speed 10 knots), we will cheerfully buy back your kite. We reserve only the right to be aboard during the test,” says Dave Culp, President of KiteShip.Com.
This is the first time in the sailing industry’s history that a manufacturer has offered an across-the-board money-back guarantee based on a product’s competitive performance. “Ours is a new concept, and although flying these kites is straightforward and FAST, we feel that our prospective customers deserve a level of reassurance that their hard-earned money is well spent,” offers Culp. “Our standard two-year warranty against defects in materials/workmanship remains in place throughout.” Read more here.
OutLeader™ Kites Ruled Legal for the 2004 HSBC Coastal Classic!
OutLeader™ kites have been ruled legal for entry in the 23rd HSBC Coastal Classic yacht race, Auckland to Russell. The race starts Friday, 22 October. A number of entries have already confirmed they will be OutLeader™ kite powered!
OutLeader™ spinnaker replacement traction kites are safer, more powerful and faster than obsolete spinnakers. Yeah, we said obsolete!
This sail design is 30%, 40%, even 50% more powerful than spinnakers the same size.
Sail as close to wind as any asymmetrical, and as deep as any symetrical, with just one kite.
Never round up. Never spin out. Never broach.
Extensively tested from 3 kts to 30 kts apparent.
Rule legal! OutLeader™ traction kites are classed as legal spinnakers, per ISAF RRS and ERS (Equipment Rules of Sailing).
Dealer inquiries invited