Garmin, the GPS technology company, will return to sponsor a team in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race for the second consecutive time in the 2015/16 edition of the race.
The Garmin team will be led by British first-time skipper Ashley Skett. The race departs from London on 30th August, and is predicted to take just under a year to complete.
Mattias Daldborg, EMEA marketing and communications manager for Garmin Marine, said: “The company has seen the first-hand benefits of being a team sponsor and official supplier during the Clipper 2013/14 Race.
“When the opportunity arose to once again be a team sponsor and have a Garmin yacht, we were thrilled to do it again. The global communication strategy of the Clipper Race enables us to communicate and engage with a global audience with all that Garmin has to offer from our marine electronics through to our VIRB action cameras and dedicated fitness products.”
Chairman and founder of the Clipper Race, yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, said: “We are happy to welcome back Garmin for a second race edition.
“The majority of people using Garmin’s products are ordinary people that benefit from the technology that allows them to do what they love – explore the world safely. This aligns perfectly with who our crew are – ordinary people setting out to achieve extraordinary things on the race of their lives.”
In other news, British watch manufacturer Elliot Brown has been announced as the official timekeeper of the 2015/16 race. The company is producing 1,000 special edition Clipper Race crew member watches to commemorate the partnership.
by Adam Nelson