Hyde Sails To Power 10th Edition Of The Clipper Round The World Race
Published: Wednesday, 26 November 2014
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has joined forces once again with Hyde Sails to power the fleet for the historic 2015-16 edition. Sail production for the new wardrobe is already well underway at Hyde Sails’ loft, located in the Philippines. Sail testing is scheduled within the next few weeks in the UK.
“The Clipper Race is very pleased to welcome Hyde Sails back on board as official sails supplier for our fourth consecutive race partnership,” says Chairman and Founder of the Clipper Race, Sir Robin Knox Johnston. “Hyde Sails evolved with us when we introduced the new Clipper 70 fleet in the last race and we were very pleased with how well the new sail wardrobes stood up to almost a year of being tested in the world’s toughest conditions. For this reason, I also chose to use Hyde Sails on my own yacht for the Route du Rhum.”
UK-based Hyde Sails is one of the largest volume sail makers worldwide, backed up by almost 50 years of expertise in high performance sail technology, design and production.
“We are delighted to once again have the opportunity to demonstrate practically, under the most demanding test environment we could dream of that Hyde Sails make yacht sails that go around the world and endure whatever conditions Mother Nature unleashes along the way," says Hyde Sails Managing Director Nigel Grogan. "Sails are a fundamental ingredient to the yachts’ success and we continually update the design and technology of our products in order to maximise team performance. We are very confident that our latest generation of sails will provide another fast and exciting Clipper Race series.”
Each of the 12 Clipper 70 yachts carries a wardrobe of 11 different sails; including a mainsail, staysail, windseeker, yankee 1, 2, and 3, plus a heavy, medium and lightweight spinnaker.
The 10th edition of the Clipper Race starts in the summer of 2015 and will take almost one year to complete. At 40,000 nautical miles in length, it is the world’s longest ocean race, also known as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet. Only for amateur sailors, over 670 people from more than 40 different nations took part in the last race, visiting 16 ports on six continents on the global race circuit.
(Photos: Clipper Ventures)