In four short years Sailmon have evolved from ambitious start-up to serious contender and are gaining traction as a go-to solution for processing and displaying data onboard. Right across the sport, from François Gabart (Macif) to Nathan Outteridge (Artemis), key players are using the products in increasing numbers.
Kalle believes the reason for the company’s fast rise is simple: ‘We are born sailors, it’s in our blood and Sailmon is the natural expression of that. We work to help bring sailing into the 21st century and share it with the wider world.’
The company’s mantra – ‘designed by sailors for sailors’ – rings especially true for Kalle. The son of double Olympian Dick Coster, Kalle has won medals at world cups, world and European championships and has held the no1 ranking in the Men’s 470. ‘The only medal we missed out on was an Olympic one, though we came painfully close!
‘Dirk “Cheese” de Ridder told me to learn a second skill. I’ve always been interested in tech so becoming a navigator seemed logical. I quickly realised products out there were difficult to use, hard to calibrate even for full-time sailors. The tech was dated and clunky and there were no off-the-shelf solutions for dinghies, coach boats and sportboats. Read on.