We are a family business with a long-term sailing footprint. My grandfathers, who were active in yacht clubs in Seč and Brno lakes, already lived by sailing. At that time, the era of communism, it was practically impossible to get a new boat abroad, so my grandfathers built their own wooden sailboats in their spare time. They also trained young athletes, grandfather Jiří was the coach of the junior national team in yachting and skiing. This tradition was continued by both of my parents, who actively competed in Czech and international sailing regattas and are multiple national champions in the Finn and Europe boat classes. Dad Roman later also participated in the Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London and Rio as a coach of professional world sailors. In addition, he was also involved in the production and development of boats. Mama Marketa was a successful Europe dinghy sailor and as one of the few she was awarded with the title “Master of Sports”.
My brother Ondra and I grew up in a sailing environment from a young age, sailing is part of our lives. Grandfathers and parents gave us many valuable tips and experiences, which we still draw on on the boat today.
I started racing as a small boy in the Brno Yacht Club. My journey led through the boat classes Optimist, Europe, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial to the Olympic boat class ILCA 7 (Laser Standard), on which I had the honor of representing the Czech Republic at the Olympic Games in London and Rio. During my career, I had the opportunity to train with the world’s best sailors and met different training approaches, gained a lot of valuable contacts and a lot of sailing experience and knowledge.
In 2022, the company KiviSailing s.r.o. was established, which focuses on the sale of boats and sailing equipment. We offer quality products that we ourselves use at sailing regattas. Thanks to our long-term family know-how and personal experience, we can advise customers in detail about the most suitable equipment or material. In addition to sales, we also offer repair and rental of ILCA boats.