Velocitek ProStart featured on Top Gear!

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The Velocitek ProStart is featured on BBC’s Top Gear, the world’s most-watched factual TV show!*

Top Gear’s 20th Season Premiere features a race between an AC45 catamaran and a car. The Cat vs. Car Episode aired Sunday June 30th in the UK and will air Monday July 8th in the US, followed by the other 212 countries around the world where broadcast BBC Top Gear is broadcast.

Top Gear, known for racing cars against other vehicles, pitted show host Jeremy Clarkson against the world’s most successful Olympic sailor, Ben Ainslie. Show co-host James May accompanied Ainslie and crew aboard the AC45.

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Broadcast details:
UK – Sunday June 30 at 8:00pm on BBC2
USA – Monday July 8th at 7:30pm on BBC America (check local listings)

*The 2013 Guinness World Record Book crowned BBC Top Gear as the world’s most widely watched factual TV program.

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GC32 Austria Cup

Great footage from last month’s Great Cup 32 Catamaran racing on Lake Traunsee, Austria. We’re delighted to see that they’re loaded with Velocitek ProStarts! Team Minoprio, fully ProStart equipped, would go on to win.

Take a look:

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J.P. Morgan BAR break the Round the Island Race Record

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Sir Ben Ainslie and his ProStart-equipped crew onboard J.P.Morgan BAR AC45 smashed the Round the Island Race multihull record off the Isle of Wight. J.P. Morgan BAR shaved 16 minutes and 8 seconds off the previous record, which stood for 12 years. The team set a new course record with a time of 2 hours 52 minutes 15 seconds.

Congratulations to Team J.P. Morgan BAR: Ben Ainslie, Matt Cornwell, Andrew Mills, Mark Andrews, and Andrew McLean.

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Dude, Where’s My ProStart?

Anthony Kotoun, the 2013 Moth North American Champion, took a moment to check in with us from Newport, RI. Here’s a photo and a ProStart story from Anthony:

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The day before Charleston Moth North Americans, Anthony and other Moth sailors were out for a tuning session. There was a cruise ship in town scheduled to depart that day. Like insects to a light, the Moth sailors were drawn to the crowds of cruise ship passengers returning to their boat. As the Moth fleet was buzzing around the Charleston waterfront, the cruise ship sounded its horns signaling its departure.

The sailors heard the horns but never saw the dock lines go slack as they went in for one final flyby. On his last pass, Anthony wiped out at speed. The crash was directly astern of the ship. There was a cruise ship worker on the back deck blowing a whistle and pointing at him and the harbormaster was called. In Anthony’s own words, “It was almost a situation, but it wasn’t.” He was able to right himself and sail away before anything more came of the capsize.

In the high-speed wipeout Anthony’s ProStart was ejected from its cradle and unfortunately was not secured with a lanyard. While Anthony didn’t use a lanyard, he did write his name and phone number on his ProStart.

Thankfully, Anthony had an additional ProStart with his spare Moth parts. With his backup ProStart, Anthony went on to win the final event of the Charleston Moth Winter Series and was crowned the 2013 North American Champion.

Weeks later, while sailing Melges 20’s in Porto Ercole, Italy (here too, Anthony and the Cinghiale team used a ProStart to sail their way onto the podium), Anthony got a text message from a friend, “Dude, did you lose a Velocitek in Charleston harbor at some point?” Anthony’s Velocitek ProStart was recovered five miles upstream in a sandbar. The ProStart had the new battery gasket and the only damage from the capsize and a five mile trip upstream were three dead AA batteries!

The morals of this story are: use a lanyard, write your name and phone number on your Velocitek, and by all means get the new ProStart Battery Compartment Gasket!

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24.1 Knots in a VX-One

Here’s a video from the Bennett Yachting Technologies team, builders of the VX-One:

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The footage is from the 2013 McIntosh Cup Regatta in Savannah, GA.

SPOILER ALERT: Speed recorded by Velocitek ProStart. 24.1 Knots Max Speed and 22.7 Knots Best 10 Second Average!

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ProStart equipped Oracle Team USA – Spithill/Slingsby wins ACWS Season!

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With a second place finish at the final event of the 2012 – 2013 America’s Cup World Series, in Naples, Italy, Oracle Team USA – Spithill/Slingsby became the 2012-2013 America’s Cup World Series Overall Season Champions. Congratulations to skippers and crew!

Oracle Team USA – Spithill/Slingsby was not the only team to use the Velocitek ProStart. In fact, 7 of 11 America’s Cup World Series Teams were Velocitek ProStart equipped. ProStarts were used by Oracle Team USA – Spithill/Slingsby, Oracle Team USA – Coutts, Emirates Team New Zealand, Team Energy, Artemis, Team Korea, and J.P. Morgan BAR.

Unlike other instruments, which are heavily customized for use in the America’s Cup, the Velocitek ProStart used by Ainslie, Barker, Coutts, Outteridge, Peyron, Slingsby, and Spithill is the same device sold to the consumer.

Used by the best. Trusted by the best. Available to the masses. The Velocitek ProStart.

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Roma per Tutti


Check out the clarity on the ProStart! COG – 155 degrees. SOG – 4.3 knots.

French offshore legend, Jacques Vincent (of Hydroptere fame), took his Velocitek ProStart offshore in the 2013 Roma per Tutti. Roma per Tutti is a 530nm race starting in Riva di Traiano, racing around Lipari, and returning to Riva di Traiano.

Here’s the report from Jacques: “Thanks a lot for making the ProStart! We had a top start for our race in Roma per Tutti… it has done it’s job perfectly!”

Up next for Jacques and his Pogo 40 Team (and ProStart!) is the ARC Transat in November.

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Charleston Race Week 2013

Charleston Race Week 2013 is just over one week away! There are over 290 boats entered. Here are the current Velocitek-legal fleet tallies:

56 J/70
39 Viper 640
37 Melges 24
34 Melges 20
11 Ultimate 20
4 J/80

59 boats in the Offshore Circles and 18 in the Pursuit Circles.

How valuable is a front row start in fleets of those sizes?

The Velocitek ProStart is the best distance-to-line tool ever. And we only have 88 ProStarts in stock until the next shipment arrives in early May. Don’t get left behind. Order one today so you have it for Charleston!

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Secret Weapon Revealed

We got a real kick out of ETNZ’s April 1st YouTube video:

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To demonstrate Velocitek’s commitment meeting the needs of racing sailors, if Nick Holroyd, Dean Barker, or Grant Dalton sends an email to we will send you Velocitek swag and a half pound of locally grown, Maui coffee.

While it’s still April 1st here in Hawaii, we’re not fooling around. Velocitek is dedicated to providing racing sailors an edge, whether through coffee or superior instrumentation.

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Velocitek Apparel Contest

Like Velocitek on Facebook for a chance to win:

The first person who correctly identifies the boat in today’s post wins a Velocitek t-shirt.

The first person who correctly identifies the sailor and the boat in today’s post wins a Velocitek hoodie.

Good luck!

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