Musto Back Artemis Ocean Racing Recruit Ollie Bond.

Musto have been relatively quiet of late, though the company has been dabbling in social media. Now Musto has announced its support for 29 year old Brit Oliver Bond who will be competing in this year’s single-handed Transat 6.50 Charente-Maritime-Bahia Race in his Finot Pogo design Base Camp. The deal may have something to do with the recruitment of Bond as the latest recruit of the Artemis Ocean Racing Team who also use Musto gear.

Musto will provide Bond with all the technical clothing required on this challenging race, which starts on 13 September from La Rochelle and ends in Bahia, Brazil, with just a short stop-over in Madeira. The extensive kit list includes HPX Smock and Trousers, GORE-TEX® Mid Layer, thermals, HPX Ocean Boots and essential accessories.

Bond, who splits his time between the Hamble and his training camp in Lorient, comments:

“Musto was top of my list for foul weather gear. These boats are sailed from the cockpit, so you’re exposed a lot of the time on the 4000 mile voyage. Having the best clothing system on board will play a big part in helping me compete to the best of my ability.”

Bond, who is tipped for success, was chosen by Musto for the contribution he will make to its product development programme, specifically HPX. Amy Smith, Yachting Marketing Manager at the Essex based company said:

“We have had a lot of feedback from our Open 60 sailors but we felt it was important to put HPX on a Mini as the style of sailing is so different. The only time Oliver will go below will be to snatch a nap, grab some food, check the weather and navigate. The rest of the time you’re out there feeling the full brunt of the elements. I’m sure Oliver’s input into the development of HPX will provide benefits to many of our HPX customers who sail from the cockpit rather than the cuddy.”