Hyde Sails to Power Clipper 2017-18 Round The World Yacht Race

05 January 2017

One of the world’s largest volume sail producers, Hyde Sails, will once again be powering the Clipper Race fleet, after signing on as the Official Sail Partner for the 2017-18 edition of the biennial race.

As one of the largest volume sailmakers worldwide and with more than 50 years of experience, Hyde Sails is ideally placed to fulfil the demanding needs of the eleven month, 40,000 nautical mile race across the world’s oceans.

“Repeatedly supplying the Clipper Race and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston proves our sails are the very best choice for long distance ocean sailors,” says Nigel Grogan, Managing Director of Hyde Sails.

“To be granted this latest two-race contract to supply the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race sails is a huge compliment and endorsement of Hyde Sails and our products. The Clipper Race is an extreme test on the materials, design and performance of our sails so provides a great opportunity to show off the ability of our sails and the excellent service we provide.”

You would need almost three Premiership Football pitches to lay out the sails on board just one of the Clipper 70s. To handle the varied conditions during the global adventure, each of the twelve Clipper 70 yachts carry a sail wardrobe of eleven different sails; including a Mainsail, Staysail, Windseeker, Yankee 1, 2 and 3, as well as a heavy, medium and lightweight spinnaker. In total, the combined sail area across the entire fleet is 197, 616ft².

“We are very much looking forward to another exciting Clipper Race with Hyde Sails powering our teams around the world once again,” says Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

“The Clipper 2017-18 Race will mark our fifth consecutive race working closely with the Hyde Sails team to ensure the sail wardrobes continue to stand up to the test of one of the world’s most unique challenges.”

Before the Clipper 2017-18 Race begins this summer, the Clipper Race Crew will have a unique opportunity to speak to Hyde Sails representatives at stand number D051 at the London Boat Show, which runs from January 6 – 15 at ExCel, London.

For more information on Hyde Sails and its products, please visit hydesails.co.uk.

If you would like be a part of the Clipper 2017-18 Race and race the world’s oceans, contact our Crew Recruitment Team here or call +44 (0) 2392526 000.

You can now relive all the action of the Clipper 2015-16 Race as our TV series Race of Their Lives 2 is now available to order on DVD.

The seven-part human adventure series box set which contains four high quality DVD discs with seven one hour (52 minute) episodes of the TV series, plus bonus ‘My Story’ videos, can be ordered at Bookharbour.com for £24.95 Inc. VAT.