Alex Vallings, Director
With an engineering background, years of sailing experience and a strong knowledge of material properties Alex Vallings has built C-Tech’s reputation as a company that manufactures superior, high-quality marine products and incorporates leading edge technology and design to provide maximum performance benefit.
A skiff sailor since 1985, Alex Vallings built his first 12ft Skiff (Dimension Polyant) in 1992 and crewed in the boat with Tim Bartlett (the guru of New Zealand skiff sailing) for 4 years. They placed 2nd twice in the Australia/New Zealand Interdominion Contest and won the contest in the following 2 years. During this time Alex developed a range of carbon rigs, poles and new foil designs all of which are now widely used throughout the 12ft skiff and other dinghy classes.
In 1997 Alex teamed up with Greg Roake to do a season in a ‘49er’, gaining valuable experience in an Olympic class yacht. In 1998 Alex bought an old 12ft Skiff and started learning to helm. Over the winter of 1998 Alex built a new 12ft Skiff using the Australian “Woof” hull design. Alex took the new boat to the 1999 Australia-New Zealand Interdominion Contest in Brisbane and finished 1st equal in his first year as skipper.
Following the 1999 Interdominion Contest Alex’s company, C-Tech Ltd, constructed a further 11 “Woof” hulls. In the 2000 Interdominion Contest in Auckland Alex was again placed 2nd, with 7 of his Woof hulls making the top 10. At the 2001 Interdominion contest in Sydney Alex finally achieved his aim of winning an Interdominion contest as skipper.
Since 2002 Alex has focused on twin skiff campaigns – the 18ft Skiff Worlds and winning the 12ft Skiff Interdominion Contest in a new hull, designed and built by C-Tech Ltd. The prestigious 18ft Skiff world contest for the JJ Giltinan Trophy is held each year in Sydney. The CT Sailbattens 18ft Skiff has steadily improved, with placings of 22nd, 12th, 10th and 8th over the last 4 years.
Lyn Holland, Director
Lyn studied Geography at Canterbury University, followed by post-graduate Diplomas in Secondary Teaching and Librarianship. In 1997, after working as a Research Librarian for some years, Lyn formed her own software development company focusing on the improvement of administrative systems within the SME sector.
After 4 years, and as a natural progression, Lyn merged her own business with that of C-Tech. The result has been an improvement in the overall administration of C-Tech enabling management to recognise and effectively develop C-Tech’s client base. This experience and insight has been invaluable in ensuring effective communication and understanding between staff and clients.
A keen sailor also, Lyn has competed nationally in the Zephyr and 3.7 classes. Currently she is the only female to have won the Leander Trophy (R-Class), acting as crew for Alex.
C-Tech employ a number of people in the workshop, accounts and administration.