Founder of the orginal company, Dr Piet Oossanen, became world famous for developing the ‘winged keel’ of Australia II, which in 1983, was the first yacht to take the coveted Americas Cup out of American hands since the competition started in 1851. After this he became involved in several Americas Cup campaigns that could not be combined with his work for the marine research institute MARIN. That’s why he created his own business, which Perry van Oossanen and Niels Moerke took over. Today the company is still maintaining its leading edge.