SailFit started in 1994 and was originally incorporated under the name of Great White Performance Racing. The idea for the intitial business came because sailors were having difficulty moving their boats from one regatta to the next. Some sailors were not attending regattas because they did not have a decent boat available for them to use. This was quite a dilemma for these sailors.
SailFit owner, Kurt Taulbee, had just finished a West Coast tour of sailing events and had decided to pursue Laser sailing and campaign for Olympic competitions full time. He knew it would take years to become an internationally known, high caliber Laser Sailor. He also knew that he was responsible for paying for his dream. So, Kurt started a business that chartered and transported Laser sailboats and sold parts. He saw a need for this service at the high level North American Laser events and he also wanted to compete in these events as part of his campaign exposure. So it was a natural fit. Kurt traveled to the events with extra boats and equipment. Other sailors that had travel or boat issues could simply fly in and pay to charter a boat. SailFit was the first consistent charter company on the North American Laser Circuit.
Once Kurt got started he didn't stop. From 1994 to 2008, with his trailer and van, Kurt traveled extensively to both coasts and has at some point traveled through virtally all of the continental states!. Over the course of fourteen years, 200,000 plus miles were logged to compete at various championships around the US and Canada. The original trailer could hold six boats and ater refitting it, the trailer could hold 12 lasers. When an extended van was pulling the trailer, two more boats could go on top of the van and one could fit inside with doors closed. A total of 15 boats could be transported at the same time and what a sight it was!
Although chartering Lasers proved to be a good idea, the opportunity for income growth was limited. So, over the years, additional services were added. Coaching seminars, clinics and at regattas took over and eventially replaced the chartering business. Also, fitness and nutrition training was added and proved to a very valuable service to sailors. Kurt has always had a deep interest in health and fitness and striving to better himself and in August of 2000, Kurt feels incredibly fortunate to be joined by a like minded person, Meka Aiken (now Taulbee). Meka is the one who has really built up the fitness and nutrition services for SailFit and many years later she is still studying to improve herself to be able to offer even more to our clients.
Meka holds many certifications in fitness and nutrtion and is really a pioneer in her approach to help people. Her knowledge of nutrition and her own lifestyle are unique compared to others in the fitness industry and she personally understands what it takes to be successful.
Kurt has been coaching lessons, clinics, seminars and regatta teams since 1998. Our seminars in Clearwater, FL are great fun and great learning! In addition to the on the water training, Meka conducts fitness and nutrition sessions. The seminars are a comprehensive experience and the learning curve and improvement are big.
SailFit has also grown their online store over the years. SailFit holds dealerships with Gill Sailing Gear, Hammer Nutrition, Vega Nutrition, Twinlab, Hara Body Care and Precor Exercise Equipment. Precor is the premeir fitness equipment manufacturer in the US for Treadmills, Ellipticals, cycles strength equipment and the revolutionary AMT, Adaptive Motion Trainer. SailFit operates as SailFit Home Fitness for the Precor Exercise Equipment and leases a showroom located in Clearwater, Florida. SailFit is Florida's West Coast Precor Source.
SailFit also manufactures the Quadzilla Hiking Bench. It is health club quality and replicates Laser sailing perfectly.
Currently, SailFit is continuing to grow their services and online presence. Kurt is still sailing and trainining for events and plans to compete at the Master Worlds in 2015, Kingston, ONT. Meka now holds a degree in holistic nutrition for sport and she continues her 15 year running quest.