Hosted by Patent Attorneys Marks and Clerk on 23rd January 2018:
As the old song goes, We Joined the Navy to see the World..and what did we see, We saw the Sea
Well, Jelta Liebrand of Savvy Navvy just wanted to sail. With a lot of experience already, he and 19 other people paid a lot of money to enter the Clipper Round the World Yacht race in 2014 on the leg from San Francisco to New York (via the Panama canal). But rather than seeing the sea, he saw a bit too much of the inside of the yacht cabin. This was a race, so someone had to juggle weather forecasts, currents, predict the boat’s speed and get through the next day safely and hopefully ahead of the other boats – with much of this being done while the boat is heeled over at a 45 degree angle. It seemed that sailing and the world of technology did not meet – leading to the thought…
There’s got to be a better way
Using the example of spending a week sailing in the Adriatic, you might fly to Split in Croatia in the middle of the long Croatian coast. You will probably want the RYA Weather handbook. But which way do you go? North/South? Which charts do you take? Where are you going to stop? Weather changes, so your plans do too. For a holiday, you probably don’t want to spend hours below deck or spend much of your time beating into wind.
So the idea of Savvy Navvy is born. After two years research, Savvy Navvy is launched with an experienced crew where one of the more intriguing details is one member who regularly sails a 40 feet concrete yacht – OK it’s ferro cement. And like many new ventures, starting your own business means giving up a good job – in Jelta’s case, with Google.
First year of Savvy Navvy has been self-funded but with development and expansion through boat shows and magazines, new funding is needed. Competition? Well there’s Navionics PredictWind and TZ Navigation but Savvy Navvy’s USP is that it’s all integrated. No one else does it their way and there is already a community of Savvy Navvy users.