When the crew of supermaxi Wild Oats XI look for new wet weather gear they demand the latest in technology and the best in performance. Henri Lloyd is again their gear of choice signing a new contract with the iconic British marine technical clothing company until 2017.
Over a decade long partnership with Wild Oats, Henri Lloyd wet weather gear has been there to protect the crew right across their eight line honours wins and a bunch of history making results in offshore racing classic Royal Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and their many other pursuits.
Fran Hahlos, business manager of Henri Lloyd in Australia, commented that “it is such a huge honour to be able to work with these amazing boats and inspiring crews. These guys really know how to push the limits”. These partnerships demand high performance and innovative technology. The crews need strength, ultimate protection, ease of movement, reduced weight and of course comfort to which Henri Lloyd has stepped up to the plate to ensure the top of the range gear.
The crew will be kitted up in the latest in marine technology when the gun goes for the Transpac 2015 Race in July. Demanding top of the range in marine performance gear, the market leading Henri Lloyd Offshore Elite will help them the push the limits in offshore racing. “The 2250 nautical mile Transpac Race from Los Angeles to Hawaii is an exceptional challenge, even for a supermaxi like Wild Oats XI. The race demands the best of everyone and everything on board, so I’m happy to say I’ve just had delivered the very latest in offshore sailing gear from Henri Lloyd. I know it will go the distance for me in this race, and plenty more to follow.” commented Mark Richards, Skipper of Wild Oats XI.
Henri Lloyd Offshore Elite range is the lightest, most breathable offshore gear ever, without compromise. Designed for offshore racers and cruisers where performance and comfort is a priority. The range is 30% lighter than the best in class predecessors, as well as 20% more breathable and all this without any compromise on durability and waterproofness of the garments.
When harbour sailing, the crew choose to head out in the Henri Lloyd Fast Dri Polos, Henri Lloyd Element Shorts, 100% waterproof and breathable Henri Lloyd Rio Jacket and topped off with an easy care, easy wear Fast Dri Tech Cap for sun protection. The gear is fully functional yet comfortable enough to wear all day. Plus the added bonus of being hard wearing to which the crew definitely give this gear a beating both on and off the boat. Add in a great light weight warmth layer with the Henri Lloyd Rockall Half Zip to add warmth without weight and you are getting a full performance system. The non-absorbing, non-slip, non-marking lightweight breathable Henri Lloyd Deck Grip Profile trainer completes the kit.