Make More Change Happen

Fastnet 2019, Innovation, Lauren Mead -

Make More Change Happen

Tomorrow is the start of the Fastnet race, the biggest event in the UK offshore sailing calendar this year. There are record breaking numbers of boats going around the rock – nearly 3000 sailors in total are going to be taking on the 600nm course and there is an excited sense of anticipation building around the Yacht Haven in Cowes as the count down to the start gun gets closer.

It’s been a madly busy couple of weeks for TeamO as we have been sending lifejackets out day and night to teams who are competing. It has been quite humbling to see how many more sailors are choosing to put their trust in our product compared to when we first launched BackTow lifejackets a couple of years ago. Back then we were the unknown new kids on the block, trying to tell people about the danger of existing lifejacket/tether combinations. Now people are much more aware and actively seeking out better safety solutions to prevent front-tow MOB accidents. Watching someone weigh up all their options of good lifejackets out there in chandleries and stores, and then they pick a TeamO lifejacket to keep them safe at sea? That’s quite a hard feeling to describe.

Passion for sailing is what got us in to business, but fighting to establish a business is hard work, it grinds away at your motivation. Seeing teams come together to prepare their boats to tackle this great race this week has given us fresh incentive, a purpose to fight for and keep fighting for. We’ve got a good team and good ideas. Our biggest drive is that we have been given a chance to make a change, to use this company to make a difference to people’s lives and keep them safe in any condition that the environment can throw at them.

I’ll be out on a rib tomorrow with Oscar, watching all of the starts and spotting crew wearing TeamOs. It’s the start of the race but it also feels like the start of a new chapter, something bigger for our business. We’re going to make more change happen.

 

 

 Photo credit: Alan Roberts Racing

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Muy buena calidad de producto y servicio

Todo perfecto, producto de buena calidad y servicio fiable. Debido al brexit hay que pagar los costes de aduana e impuestos cuando te entregan el paquete. He podido colocar en el interior una baliza personal PLB1 Rescueme de Onesignal, aunque no pude fijarla en el soplador por falta de espacio. Por otro lado el chaleco es muy ligero, confortable y en dias calurosos se soporta bién.

Great lifejacket

Got two of these recently in different colours and got to wear them on a few coastal passages. The jackets are very comfortable, almost to the point of not noticing you are wearing one - and no more neck pain, which is fantastic. They appear very well made, look great and so far have served us well, hopefully will continue doing so in an actual emergency, should one occur. The only small gripe I have is the little loop for hanging the jacket up digging into my back - I'll probably just cut it off as I hang the jacket by the harness attachment point (much wider). Highly recommended product overall, thank you TeamO for all the incredible work I'm sure you had to do to get these on the market.

Great so far

I have worn this a few times and it’s so comfortable with a jacket on I forgot I was wearing it. I have noticed that there is a loop at the neck for hanging it up that is pretty stiff. I would prefer that sit flatter. All in all, great pfd so far.

So far loving it!

Have only worn it for a couple weeks but so far really happy with this lifejacket. It seems well made and fits nicely. As a larger chested lady I was looking for a vest that would not place all the bulk on top of my chest and this has most of it on neck/shoulders, but far enough back on neck that I have full head mobility. My only suggestion would be that the vertical back panel would have adjustable height so I could get the chest strap to truly sit underneath my breasts. I realize this is a specific fit issue that might not apply to most, it still fits better than most all the lifejackets I have tried up until this point. I was surprised to receive my order to the US from the UK really quickly.

Outstanding product and Customer Service

The website was out of stock so I emailed the company. I heard back within 3 business days. I was kept apprised of why no stock and when to expect. I was emailed the day the items posted. I ordered and received the package in 5 days to the US from UK! Lauren and TeamO went above and beyond any other companies customer service Ive ever encountered. Product is amazing too. Our sail club is ordering them.