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The New Sailnet

From the beginning: Rob Proctor and Michael Dever met at the University of Vermont and immediately shared many interests; from collecting and selling special edition albums and promoting bands to play on campus, to financial trading. That lasted a couple of years until Michael moved on to another school (You can read into that).

Their friendship continued, and upon graduation both went on to pursue careers in the investment management and hedge fund business. Michael started his own business from his bedroom and Rob set sail and joined a trading company but soon ventured off on his own.

During that time, Rob bought his first sailboat, a Little Harbor 38. It was on a very windy day that Mike joined Rob for the maiden trip off the coast of Florida. They were headed North in November and every other boat and the wind was heading south. The boat and the crew got a workout and as with any new boat, those areas that were going to be problems were quickly exposed. The laughing and word jousting was persistent -which made for an exhausting yet enjoyable sail.

Years later Rob followed his sailing passion and in 1997 started an online boating supply website, It wasn't long after that Mike soon partnered with Rob to launch, an online boating superstore. combined Rob's sailing passion with Mike's business vision and strong team of Internet pioneers at Mind Drivers, LLC., that resulted in becoming a leading boating supply superstore long recognized for outstanding service, knowledge and great pricing.

SailNet SOS, "The Summer '05 Voyage"

Rob threatened the marine crew with mutiny in 2005. It was time for a summer long sail with his family. Each time the idea was brought up, the more serious and lengthy the voyage plans were becoming. Soon the crew realized this was for the best, and was tacking weeks on to Rob's itinerary and doing everything they could to get him out of the office. It was never confirmed that the family was "on board" with this whole sailing idea, but in July, to the relief of the crew, Rob set sail with his "hostages". The adventure however, didn't keep him away from the office. His daily logging in through his wireless connection allowed Rob to "stay in touch". It was during one of his shipboard based wireless hookups in August that Rob learned of SailNet's SOS message. It spurred an email to the management team and before they knew it a deal was struck for to take control of the SailNet Community.

SailNet History: SailNet was launched in 1994 as a resource where sailors could find everything they needed to support their own pursuit of the sailing lifestyle. Since that time SailNet grew to become the definitive Internet site for sailing. It has been recognized four years in a row as one of "Forbes Best of the Web" for content, resources and community. In 2001 the SailNet Store was launched.

The SailNet Community provides sailors with access to thousands of informative articles -- written by some of the best-known authors in the sport. There are over 200 Boat Owner's Lists hosted by SailNet. Each of these lists brings together sailors from around the globe so that they can share common interests, experiences and knowledge about their particular boats. There are a wide variety of sailing clubs and associations that receive free hosting from SailNet in order to provide unique resources to the sailing community at large. Numerous other resources exist at SailNet to aid sailors in every phase of their sailing experience: from just starting out; through the purchase of a sailboat; to the long-term care, maintenance and upgrades for that boat; to an eventual sale.

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