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After working with North Sails for 25 years, Christian (Kicker) Schäfer is now heading up One Design in Germany. As well as being a sales role, the position focuses on developing new products, working with the design team and overseeing customer service in Germany.
Sales Manager of Germany, Stefan Matschuck, is delighted that Kicker is continuing to grow within North Sails: “As a teenager, Kicker faced a difficult decision: Will the boy from Bavaria have a great career as a ski racer or as a sailor? I am very happy that he made the right decision back then! Kicker is a real North Sails veteran. He is a very good, well-known and respected regatta sailor bringing experience and knowledge to our company whilst continuing to push the North Sails One Design market both in Germany and globally. We are happy to have him on board.”
After studying medicine at University, Kicker made his hobby his profession and became a sail designer for North Sails Germany with Eckart Wagner, founder of North Sails Europe. In 1994, Kicker and Eckart set up a production loft in Sri Lanka, quickly growing from six sailmakers to 120. Next, Kicker concentrated on building his own company in Garatshausen, Germany, which specializes in high-performance sail printing techniques for various sailcloths.
Kicker’s wife, Kristin Wagner, was an Olympic Yngling sailor and trained with Shirley Robertson in 2003/2004; Kicker occasionally coached the two sailors. He’s competed internationally in the 470, and has won the Tempest Worlds multiple times. He’s also competed in the Melges 24 class. Kicker and Kristin have two children who are both budding Optimist sailors.
“With a wealth of experience of sailing numerous boat types,” Kicker says, “I believe I can transfer these skills to various other One Design classes, including tactics, sail tuning and in-depth knowledge of how to push a boat to maximise its full potential.”
When he is not on the water working or sailing, Kicker loves off-piste powder, ski tours, and freeriding.
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