The passing of a unique sailmaker

It is with great sorrow that we have to say goodbye to a truly unique veteran of the sail making industry. Nic Johansen, son of Erik Johansen who founded Elvstrøm Dingy Sails together with Paul Elvstrøm in 1954, has suddenly passed away.

Nic was unexpectedly hospitalised on Friday May 22 and died shortly thereafter the same day.  Nic was an authority of the sail making industry, having worked most of his life within the industry, in one capacity or another.  He was also a loving father and husband, leaving behind his beloved wife, Isabelle, and 3 adult children.   

Nic was a great inspiration to me and I have learned a lot from him. His many years in the industry, his long history in sail making dating all the way back to his father and Paul Elvstrøm, has been an irreplaceable resource for me. His work ethic and relentlessness has also been a great motivation for me. 

Nic also oversaw the transaction that led to the reunification of the Elvstrøm brand after several decades of separation. The journey that we started almost 3 years ago, was far from the end and will not be the same now that he is no longer with us.

Nic Johansen

It has been an enormous privilege to have worked along side Nic and it is extremely saddening that he had to leave us.  He will be dearly missed.

May he rest in peace.


Yours sincerely,

Niels Bjerregaard


Elvstrøm Sails A/S