Clipper signs with Hyde Sails again
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has renewed its partnership with Hyde Sails for a further two editions of the event.
Hyde Sails was initially appointed official supplier to the 2009 – 10 race and since then has designed, developed and produced the sail wardrobes for the fleet.
“The challenging 40,000nm race route enable Hyde Sails to continually test and develop our sails in the most extreme conditions and translate the learnings into other products across the business,” said Nigel Grogan, Hyde Sails MD.
Clipper Race chairman and founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston added: “As a global sailing race the importance of our sail supplier is crucial to the performance of our yachts and the success of each campaign.
“Hyde Sails proven record of quality, durability and level of professional support to the Clipper Race team over the last ten years means that our relationship continues to grow and I look forward to another exciting edition being powered by Hyde Sails.”
Each edition has seen improvements and modifications to the sails. For the 2019-2020 edition, changes include a development of the flyaway spinnaker containment tabs fitted to the luff of the downwind sails as a sustainable alternative to wool.
There have also been changes to the fore and aft sails and small construction changes on spinnakers to aid performance and longevity.
The agreement will also include support from Hyde Sails in the form of sail care training for skippers and crew.
The Clipper 2019-20 Race will begin this summer from the UK with stopping in South America, South Africa, Australia, China and the USA, before returning to the UK 11 months later.
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