Sail Support Service was founded in 2006 by Arthur Thueringer. From his longterm experience first as sailor in Olympic 470 Class, later on as a coach for Austrian National Sailing Team and Key-Account Manager in the Organizing Team of the ISAF 2006 World Sailing Games the idea grew for something completely new in Sailing World: A full service coachboat supply everywhere around the world!
In 2007 the fleet consisted of two VSR 5.2 / 40HP and one 1986 built Avon 5.40 which was completely refitted with new tubes, a VSR console and a new engine. During this time Stefan Glanz was a big support in growing the company, especially in setting up the first website of Sail Support Service and coachboat.com. Also during this time the business principle of limiting the logistic costs to an absolute minimum was improved day by day with more and more crazy trailer constructions.
In 2008 our fleet has grown already on four original VSRs, 2 x 5.4s and 2 x 5.8Cs each carrying a Yamaha 50HP engine. With Austria, Lake Traunsee being the host for a RC44-Event we proofed, that we can handle bigger events and more demanding customers. Larry Ellison and BMW Oracle Racing became guest on one of our sub-chartered huge 10m-ribs and we entered into big-boat world. Customers like US-Sailing, Yachting Australia, Israelian Yachting Association,... and many more gave very valuable input and ideas how to improve our service. In this year we made already more than 500 rib charter days for customers from 14 nations !!
In 2009 we entered Dinghy-Charter business. 14 x 420 dinghies were provided at the Worlds and Europeans to sailors from 6 different countries. Due to the huge success of this program we spread also to 470 class where we supplied at the Europeans held in Austria already 6 brand new boats! This was the first year we worked with our new 4-boat-trailer in order to reduce logistic costs and environment pollution. In 2009 we supplied the first time more than 20 boats at one event, the Austrian RC44 Tour Stop. More than 35 nations already trust in coachboat.com !!
European winter 2009/2010 was a milestone for coachboat.com cause it was the first winter we sent our boats oversea to Dubai! Covering the RC44-Event and the Louis-Vuitton-Trophy was a real fun and a big success. With the logistic experience gathered from now on we could provide our boats everywhere in the world! To proof this we sent our fleet in winter 2010/2011 to USA to serve dozens of customers during their Florida-Sessions (Miami OCR). With the every year fleet-renewal we changed the tube color to the famos IBIZA BLUE and grey fenders, out new corporate identity signs on the water.
With a fleet of meanwhile 12 own VSRs we operated in 2011 season. The highlite of the year was the trip to Perth, Australia with our whole fleet. Robert Scheidt & Bruno Prada winning the ISAF-Worlds being coached from Luka Modena out of one of our VSR 5.4s was a fantastic experience!
In 2011 we also brought our first two luxury Mercedes vans into service. Rented out on a seasonal basis they were the backbone of the Olympic campaigns of Stu McNey & Graham Biehl as well as Isabelle Kinsolving & Amanda Clark. Meanwhile this service has grown to four vans being in use almost all year long !
With the Olympic Games in London ahead our service was overrun by bookings in 2012 season! 4 vans rented out, 5 470 dinghies, 6 420 dinghies & up to 18 ribs at the same time brought us close to the limit of our logistic capacities, but in the end everything worked out !!
In addition to our rib charter service we focussed on creating one of the best sorted online shops for sailing gear used in dinghy sailing. To be the official supplier at the Optimist Europeans providing 40 brand new BlueBlue Optimists was a completely new experience.
2013 season is our busiest season so far. 38 Optis chartered out at Lake Garda Opti Meeting marked an impressive start into the season. Our fleet was changed completely in brand new 2013 model VSR 5.8Rs and extended on 20 boats !!We still offer the best service on the race course and have appointed more staff to support our activities. Being the exclusive event partner of the Laser Worlds on Lake Balaton and in Musannah, Oman will keep us also busy over the winter period.