The 09-10 Clipper Race will be powered by Hyde Sails. The sail-maker has signed a deal with race organisers Clipper Ventures PLC for the next two versions of the round the world race.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston commented:
“Our crews get one set of sails for 35,000 miles of ocean racing and it’s really important they’re of a high quality to see them through the extreme conditions they will be facing. We’re confident Hyde Sails will be able to provide that for our race crews and welcome them onboard as our Official Sails Supplier. We’re looking forward to working with them to develop the best possible wardrobe of sails for our fleet of ten ocean racing yachts.”
Hyde’s Sales Director Richard Franks said:
“We are delighted to be associated with a race which epitomises Hyde’s values of quality, reliability and performance. It’s an exciting partnership, which fits well with Hyde Sails’ global growth.”
Hyde Sails will power all ten of the Clipper yachts as they race round the world. Over the course of ten months and 35,000 miles of racing, the yachts and their sails will face some of the most testing sailing conditions possible, including the challenges of the Southern Ocean. As well as the benefits of the highest quality workmanship, skippers will receive personal training from Hyde’s skilled staff, and specialist support at key stopovers.