Before it was released to the public, the Velocitek Shift was helping some of the world’s best teams win big events. Shift prototype-equipped boats won the J/24 Worlds, J/24 North Americans, and came in second at Melges 24 Worlds.
Newly crowned J/24 World Champions, Team Helly Hansen (Tim Healy, John Mollicone, Geoff Becker, Dan Rabin, and Gordon Borges), celebrate their victory.
On their way to becoming J/24 North American Champions, Team Helly Hansen (John Mollicone, Tim Healy, Collin Leon, Geoff Becker, and Gordon Borges), leads the fleet downwind by a large margin.
Runners up at Melges 24 World Championships, Blu Moon (Flavio Favini, Gabriele Benussi, Stefano Rizzi, Giovanni Ferrari, and Nicholas Dal Ferro), sending it downwind in the Berkeley Circle.
At J/70 North Americans, Team Helly Hansen (Tim Healy, Paul Abdullah, Geoff Becker, and Gordon Borges), used the Shift and ProStart to finish third in a light and tricky event in Annapolis.
It would be ridiculous to credit an instrument for the accomplishments of extremely talented sailors but it is still a huge vote of confidence for teams of this caliber to be using the Shift in competition.
We would like to extend a big “Congratulations!” and “Thank you!” to the Helly Hansen and Blu Moon teams!