Bundock and Brouwer's big plans

Darren Bundock on his C2 F18
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Darren Bundock on his C2 F18
The cat guru couple are aiming to revolutionise the F16 class and send teams to that and the F18 European circuits
After an injury put him out of action for four months last year, so Australian double Olympic Tornado silver medallist Darren Bundock has been contemplating a professional life beyond being 'just' a sailor. “I guess we are both Carolijn [Brouwer] and I have just been pro sailors the whole time and we have always been looking for a fall-back for when the pro sailing stops, because we are both getting a bit older we realise! With professional sailing if you get an injury there is not much security there. Last year I tore all the ligaments in my knee and I was out of action for four months, pretty well unemployed.” The cunning plan he and girlfriend Brouwer have conjured up is still wholly involved with catamarans, but covers a wide range of fronts. While Bundock for the last few years has been sailing for Hobie Cat in F18 events, so now he has transferred his allegiance to Greg Goodall’s company Australian High Performance Catamarans (AHPC), manufacturers of the Viper F16 and its big brother, the C2 F18 catamarans. Goodall himself is a former Tornado sailor, who for eons has run his own sailmaking business but has since made a name for himself as a catamaran manufacturer with A-Class cats and the locally successful Taipan 4.9 cats. He gained some recognition internationally for the ground breaking Capricorn F18, designed by Martin Fischer, while the latest two boats are his own design. The Viper was launched a couple of years ago while the C2 made its debut at the Salon Nautique (Paris Boat Show) in December and on its first competitive outing at the F18 Australian Nationals, claimed the top two places, Goodall and his son Brett coming home second. “Teaming up with Australian High Performance Catamarans [AHPC] was a logical step because I have always