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Henri Lloyd Clipper 2015-16 Race Seamanship Award – Voting opens
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Henri Lloyd Clipper 2015-16 Race

It’s an honour every team competing in the world’s longest ocean race will be hoping to win, with nominations for the Henri Lloyd Clipper Race Seamanship Award opening today.

In recognition of the extreme challenges faced by the crew taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, both as individuals and as a team, the race’s official technical clothing partner Henri Lloyd is rewarding the coveted Henri Lloyd Clipper Race Seamanship Award for the highest levels of seamanship and safety demonstrated during the 40,000 nautical mile challenge.

The award has been presented in celebration of Henri Lloyd’s long-term partnership with the Clipper Race. The race’s Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston says: “The essence of good seamanship is safety which is at the heart of yacht racing. Preserving equipment, being safety conscious and a team player make the difference in forming a successful, happy team.

“Henri Lloyd has pioneered the development of all modern technical sailing clothing for more than 50 years and understands the value of such abilities. All of our Clipper Race crews are worthy candidates and I wish them all the best of luck as we near the end of the circumnavigation.”

Ocean racing is an extreme sport and the rules of the Clipper Race are designed to encourage the crews to sail their yachts hard whilst promoting excellent seamanship with safety at the forefront. The Henri Lloyd Clipper Race Seamanship Award has been created to recognise the lengths a crew member or team will go to help each other and/or preserve the equipment on board. The judging panel includes race founder; Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Henri Lloyd Joint CEO Paul Strzelecki.

Henri Lloyd Clipper 2015-16 Race Seamanship Award – Voting opens

World’s longest ocean race – Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Clipper Ventures

Paul Strzelecki, Joint CEO for Henri Lloyd, added: “This will be the third race that we have presented the Henri Lloyd Clipper Race Seamanship Award, and it is an honour to celebrate our longstanding partnership and the spirit of ocean racing with this accolade.”

To nominate an individual crew member or team, please submit no more than 250 words stating why you are proposing they win. All nominations should be sent to partnerships@clipper-ventures.com by Sunday 10 July at 1800 BST.

A shortlist of ten nominations will then be featured on the Henri Lloyd website from 0900 BST on Monday 18 July until Sunday 24 July at 1800 BST. During this time the public will have the opportunity to show support by liking their favourite nominees.

The nomination with the highest number of likes will be selected and receive a small trophy and their name engraved on the base of the original trophy. They will also win £250 in Henri Lloyd vouchers.

The award will be presented at the Race Finish prizegiving celebrations at St Katharine Docks, London on Saturday 30 July.

by Clipper Ventures

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