On the road with Sailingfast – Behind the Scenes

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Would you believe, people still wonder what we do?! We have been in business since 2002, working with brands such as Laser, Topper, North Sails, Selden, Marlow, Queensport, Black Diamond Tiller, etc. In 2015, we also set up a sister company – Paddlefast to cater for those wind-free days to satisfy your need to be on the water, whatever the wind conditions!

So in the run up to Christmas, we embarked on a video project to show you a glimpse behind the scenes at Sailingfast. Working alongside Paul Saunders from Paul Saunders Media, we came up with a plan and a film schedule. We also had to think about what we were going to say, the various points we wished to convey and most importantly, what to wear!

Behind the Scenes at Sailingfast

Sailingfast on Location

Once the date was set to film during the RYA Scotland Winter Championship at Largs Sailing Club, we had a rather nervous wait (2 months out) to see if the weather was going to play ball. Fortunately, the morning arrived cold but dry with just enough wind for racing. Phew!

Duncan was coaching for RYA Scotland so had to make himself available for safety boat briefings, registration and competitors’ briefing. This left Paul and I free to film the land-based scenes. Thank you to a couple of our customers for their willing participation (*also known as coffee and cake bribery!*) in some scenes.

Optimists and coach boat cluster

Filming on the water

At launch-time, Paul with his dry bags and expensive equipment, bravely stepped into the rib with Duncan to film the on-the-water scenes. Please bear in mind Duncan is driving the rib and keeping an eye on the Topper and Optimist fleets as well as talking to the camera. So apologies if he’s not always looking at the camera!

On the Road with Sailingfast

Sailingfast will be attending a number of events around the country in the coming months including the Laser Qualifiers, the Topper Winter Championship, RYA Scotland Conference, the RYA Dinghy Show, various Topper and Laser Academies around Scotland. For a complete list of events, please subscribe to our Facebook Events page.

Thank yous

A big thank you to Paul from Paul Saunders Media for his time and effort putting everything together for us. We must also thank Caroline Brown from Business Gateway Falkirk who advised of the opportunity. If you featured in the film, many thanks again and for those behind the Sailingfast team, namely our long-suffering family and friends, a HUGE thank you for all the support and babysitting.

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