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Nick Benz
Owner and manager

Nick is certified and state-recognized instructor VSMS for both, sail- and motorboats.

He gained his broad sailing experience in different yacht classes on landlocked and offshore waters.

Nick is a successful racing sailor on a variety of dinghies and yachts, mainly on the Laser or the olympic Finn dinghy, the king’s class of dinghies. He participated in European and World Championships and offshore regattas.

Nick grew up at Lake Biel which he knows like his own pocket. During his youth he has made unnumbered sailing and motorboat cruises on the lakes of the Jura which are connected via Zihl and Broye channel.

Nick's further engagements:

  • Former board member of Yachtclub Bielersee (YCB).
  • Co-founder and president of YCB Olympia club (support of olympic campaigns and talented sailors).
  • Successful management of olympic campaigns.
  • Right-hand man of Swiss Sailing’s Head of performance sport.
  • Board member of Swiss Laser Association.
  • Treasurer of Swiss Association for Motorboat and Sailing schools. 

Regular offshore cruises not only arrange an evened out work-life-balance, they enhance also the logbook «experiences».

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Theo Ganz
Instructor

Already as teenager, one could meet Theo most of the times on the Lake. He can look back on an international sailing career. During 30 years he was Head of the Building Authorities of the municipality of Nidau. Ever since his retirement, he can be found in all weathers on his single handed "Moth Foiler" on the Lake. 


With Theo our school was able to enlist a top-notch instructor. On the Lake Biel there are only a few sailors with his knowledge. It is a pleasure for him to pass along his experiences with inland and offshore sailing to our students.  


He is a calm man, considerate and humorous. 

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Howart Barnett
Sailing instructor and ship's cook for events


Finn Master

Nana

Nana is powered with an outboard engine of 115 PS. With a length of 6,10 m and a width of 2,30 m this motorboat is highly suitable for all necessary maneuvers during the exam. Thanks to an additional ballast keel this boat remains track stable.

The boat weighs 1500 kilos and has an electronic circuit which is simple and easy to operate.

Due tot the integrated cabin heating this boat is also in use in winter.


Ocquetau

Balu

This boat is powered with 120 PS and a rigid drive shaft. Mainly sailing yachts, wakeboard boats as well as the boats by Boesch and Pedrazzini are equipped with such a power unit. Balu is therefore made for course participants preferring such type of boats and who would like to learn to maneuver with a rigid drife shaft.

The motorboat lies with its length of 6,27 m and a width of 2,60 m very stable in the water and has an excellent keel line. Because of the sophisticated weight distribution the boat is easy to steer and is very handy for all necessary manoeuvres.

On this boat we additionally offer navigation and radio courses.

Event boat

Clearwater

The Clearwater is the newest boat of our fleet. It has enough space for up to 12 people and is equipped with a galley, restroom, heating and a dinghy. The Clearwater is well suitable for any kind of events.

Sailing yacht

J80

In France, the J80 is the most successful school boat and the most growing regatta class.

The boat is 8,00 m long, 2.47 m wide and has excellent sailing qualities. Even at faintest winds, the J80 with its sail area of 34 m2 and a weight of 1450 kilos, the Clearwater moves forward. The sailboat is very quick and agile, similar to a dinghy. The big cockpit, the rolling foresail and the layout of the fittings allow an easy handling. For training two, for events three boats identical in construction are available.

Thanks to newest electronics all parameters can be checked centralized and constantly.