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DAVE THOMAS NAMED DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT; ED HOFMEISTER, CHIEF ENGINEER
February 8, 2005

Norwalk, Ct. WinTech Racing has appointed Dave Thomas as Director of Research and Development and Ed Hofmeister as Chief Engineer. For most of 2004, the two worked as consultants to WinTech Racing, overseeing the development of the company's new high modulus carbon pre-preg Medalist line of shells, which will be on the market this spring. They spent over nine months in China working closely with renowned naval architect, Klaus Filter, and the technicians at the Flying Eagle factory to produce a shell that Filter regards as his legacy to rowing.

Dave and Ed will continue to develop and implement innovations and improvements in all four classes of WinTech Racing shells," explains chairman Howard Winklevoss, who has also played a hands-on role in China. "Our goal is to produce the world's finest racing shells for performance at all levels."

Thomas will serve as the chief liaison to Flying Eagle, WinTech Racing's manufacturing partner, which added 500,000 square feet of production space in 2004. Hofmeister will work closely with Klaus Filter on engineering design.

Thomas is a magna cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College, with a degree in geology; a competitive rower since 1996, gold medalist at Dad Vail and New England Championships, and assistant crew coach at Bowdoin. After graduation, he spent four years at Quantum Racing, supervising all aspects of boat production.

Hofmeister graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He then worked at Carter Copter in the development of a prototype helicopter with vertical takeoff and the flight efficiency of winged aircraft, as well as building pre-preg composite rotor blades and propellers. From 2000 to 2004, Hofmeister had oversight for engineering design and mold construction at Quantum Racing.
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