Winning Technology . Winning Performance . Winning Value
The WinTech Mission
WinTech Racing is a company that understands that no single purchase
is more important to a rower or a rowing organization than buying a
shell. Our goal is to promote the growth of rowing by making it easier
and more affordable to buy shells that improve performance at all levels.
Our product is the WinTech Racing shell, designed in Germany, engineered
in the US and manufactured in China and delivered to you fast.
We also offer innovative and fairly priced coaching launces, Quick Release
Cam Locks for footstretchers, Quick Release Rowing Shoe Systems, accessories,
spare parts and a Service Centre.
By bringing together the resources of the global marketplace--renowned
German designer Klaus Filter, the Flying Eagle Boat Company of China,
and a group of business and rowing talents--WinTech Racing has created
an organization dedicated to:
Innovation in the manufacture, sale and delivery of racing shells
Investment in research and development to bring you the latest
technology in shells and equipment.
The Winning Team
Klaus Filter - Designer
Racing shells are designed by the renowned shell designer and naval
architect, Klaus Filter, former chairman of the FISA Materials Commission
and the Director of Research and Development for East German rowing
for the thirty years prior to reunification. No architect’s boats
have won more gold medals than those of Klaus Filter. Always the pioneer,
Klaus has been working with our builder, The Flying Eagle Boat Company,
for the past ten years to bring shell design to a new level. By training
Flying Eagle’s technicians to use the most advanced construction
techniques and materials, Klaus has created a synergy of Chinese high
quality manufacturing ability with Western rowing knowledge and standards.
The brilliant result is international caliber rowing equipment at affordable
Klaus Filter full Bio
Once designing and engineering has taken place the boats are manufactured
in one of the most modern boat building factories in the world today
in Hangzhou, China. With nearly 200 technicians who producing over 1,000
racing shells per year. In January 2005, the company opened a new 50,000
square meter manufacturing facility, which more than doubled its capacity.
WinTech Racing has partnered with Flying Eagle and Klaus Filter to advance
the design and manufacturing techniques to a new level while cutting
production time significantly. WinTech's director of research and development
and our chief engineer spend several months on site each year working
with Klaus Filter and Flying Eagle technicians in what we call our 'continuous
product improvement cycle.' As a result of this collaboration, in 2005,
WinTech introduced the world's first self-bailing racing shell.and possibly
the stiffest boat in competition today, pre-preg, unidirectional, high
modulus carbon fiber cured at 250 degrees.
Entrepreneur Howard Winklevoss is the founder of RowAmerica,
an organization dedicated to the advancement of the sport. He was inspired
by watching his twin sons become dedicated and skilled rowers at the
Saugatuck Rowing Association in Westport, CT and fell in love with the
sport. In 1997, he started a rowing program at their high school in
Greenwich, CT., so other students could learn to row.
When the existence of SRA was threatened in 1998 by the proposed sale
of the club’s rented land for condominiums, Winklevoss started
and formed a Club Division to purchase the land on which to build and
manage a new club instead. The Saugatuck
Rowing Club continues to be the heart of a thriving rowing community
in the Westport, CT. area, with over 1,000 members, including 400 adult
and 200 junior rowers.
Next, a groundswell of interest from other schools in Greenwich, former
rowers who wanted to get back on the water and community residents,
led to the founding of the Greenwich
Rowing Club in 2002. In a little over two years, GRC has built a
growing program of 150 adults and 250 junior rowers from every public
and private school in the community.
With two clubs and a combined fleet of 75 rowing shells from many different
manufacturers to maintain,
RowAmerica began to focus on the way shells are sold and serviced
in the US. Winklevoss, his rowing directors and staff of 14 American
and international coaches, began to envision change. He met with Drew
Harrison and traveled to China several times to meet with Klaus Filter
and the Xiong family to lay the groundwork for launching WinTech Racing
and make that vision a reality.
Drew has been a National Coach in Canada, Japan, and the U.S., coached
in 4 Olympics, been Head Women's Coach at the University of British
Columbia and Vancouver Rowing Club, Freshmen Men's Coach at Syracuse
University, and now coaches at Victoria City Rowing Club. In 1996, he
returned to Canada after serving as Head Coach and Technical Director
in Japan, and looked for a new challenge. Drew started Wonderful World
of Rowing Ltd. as a personal services and equipment distribution company,
importing and selling boats manufactured by Flying Eagle under the supervision
of Klaus Filter. Over a ten-year period, he became thoroughly familiar
with the superior design, construction and performance of these boats.
In 2004, he decided to merge his company with WinTech Racing in order
to expand the market for these boats in North America. Together, the
new WinTech Racing team is dedicated to innovation in the manufacture,
sale and delivery of racing shells, as well as launches, trailers and
accessories - all at affordable prices.
Franz Madritsch formed Euro New Zealand Limited in
2000 importing the famous Filter shells from Flying
Eagle in China. A qualified boat builder, having completed his trade
with the well known Stampfli Racing boats of
Switzerland and an elite rower representing Switzerland in
numerous events, give Franz a strong background in the field of rowing.
He also has a trade qualification in Business Management and Accountancy.
In 2005, during his yearly visit to Flying Eagle Franz met with engineers
from WinTech Racing and the contact to Howard Winkelvoss was established.
Soon after, WinTech Racing of New Zealand
was founded with a strong focus to provide the New Zealand rowing community with
superior and high performance rowing boats.