About Us

About Forceracing

The Forceracing brand evolved when Andrew Brown and Jamie Hunt were campaigning in the Olympic 470 Class. In those days it was called  FORCE470Racing, but when Andrew started to race other classes of boats and got into more coaching work, the 470 was dropped from the name to better represent what the brand was about, and that is how it became FORCERACING.

Andrew has been sailing since 1988 starting at his primary school Lyttelton West sailing week. Andrew started racing in 1990 and in the same year won his first major regional championship, the P Class Canterbury Championships known as the Graham Mander Trophy.

Since then Andrew has won over 10 national titles in many classes including the Sunburst, Zephyr, International 420, International Moth and International 470. Andrew is still a big fan of dinghy racing currently sailing an International Moth and Farr 3.7 Skiff, but is doing more Keelboat sailing, campaigning a Platu 25 in New Zealand.
Andrew has just recently gone full circle and also now has a Sunburst to race with his family!

Andrew started his coaching career in 1995, helping Derek Scott in his P Class. Derek went on to win the P Class Nationals in January 1996 and after this Andrew was hooked on being a coach, trainer and sailor. Since this time has dedicated his life to this goal. Andrew made the move as a full time professional coach in late 2005, coaching the Swiss mens 470 team towards the 2008 Olympics. Andrew however did deviate from coaching in late 2007-to early 2009, working at Yachting New Zealand as the Coach Development Manager then at Southern Spars as Sales Manger for the One Design department.

Andrew was the Double Handed Coach for Malaysia towards the Asian Games in 2010, as well as a contract Coach for Yachting New Zealand in the 420 and 470 Classes.

From 1996 until 2006 Andrew was a contract coach, coaching many campaigns, regionally, nationally for Yachting New Zealand, Thailand, Austria and Switerland.

In 2009 until early 2012 Andrew was contracted to coach the NZL Sailing team in the 470 class, working mainly with the girls team (Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie) with their equipment development and speed and handling techniques on the water. This was in a domestic role in New Zealand.

Now Andrew is the coach for a Brazilian girls 470 team, Team Pegasus of Martine Grael and Isabel Swan. In 2011 we achieved 8th at the worlds and in 2012 we replicated the position of 8th. The girls also were 4th in the 2012 Sail4Gold regatta.
Andrew is also working with different teams within New Zealand, and with the Chinese Taipei team towards the Asian Games 2014.

Qualifications

  • Yachting New Zealand Olympic Coach (Qualified)
  • Marine medic first aid
  • New Zealand coastguard day skipper
  • R.Y.A powerboat level2 licence
  • Coastguard Day Skipper
  • Network Personal trainer

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