Wild Oats XI choose Henri Lloyd again as their official technical clothing partner.
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 8 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 & 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.
Winners choose Henri Lloyd.
So this is our first "Retailer Review" on the Henri Lloyd Australia blog and who better to profile than long standing and iconic sailing institution, Sturrocks of Sydney.
Founded in 1979 by John Sturrock and later joined by brother Doug, each have many years (don't worry we wont count them here!) boating experience in all facets of sailing-racing as well as pleasure boating. The store is located down at Rushcutters Bay, Sydney and has the CYCA and Sydney Harbour on it's front door.
Walking into Sturrocks of Sydney is like entering a treasure trove of all things marine. There is an immediate sense of comfort when you step inside, a friendly and knowledgeable face will shout hello from one of the many well stocked nooks, a decor of cleverly constructed marine inspired fittings and mahogany wood trims please the eye and a sense of authenticity is undeniable.
They stock the best brands from across the globe - obviously as Henri Lloyd is one of their hot sellers ;) Plus you can pick up pretty much all of your boating needs from within. Often you will find a well-worn sailor at the counter holding a small broken old steel fitting of some kind in which they are desperately trying to match from the thousands of much newer offerings in tiny nuts and bolts drawers that are stashed around the store. Their isn't a marine fixture the guys at Sturrocks haven't seen after so many decades at the forefront of marine development.
Brothers, John and Doug Sturrock, know their business and have created an iconic Australian marine store. When I was first dabbling in wet weather gear sales while I was studying at uni, the first store I ever called on was Sturrocks of Sydney. A bundle of nerves mixed with cocky confidence (that only a 19 year old seems to have) and a very basic knowledge of not only the marine industry but also the garments I was peddling, I must say John and Doug went easy on me and I have always held a respect for both them and their store since those early days.
These days you will also find Matt working tirelessly alongside the Sturrock's brothers.
Sturrocks of Sydney has been a long time premium stockist of Henri Lloyd and currently has one of the best brand offerings across Australia. The hottest items on the shelves include the Gore-tex Elite Offshore range, Fast-Dri Polo, Element Shorts and the newly released HL Sport range. The level of service that you receive within those walls is outstanding and they will definitely work to have you in the right garment by the time you walk out the door. Looking for something special and its not on the racks, no problems as one of the guys is quick on the phone to us at Henri Lloyd Head Office to chase down the item needed.
Thanks for Sturrocks of Sydney for letting us profile your great store! And watch this space for what store will be next to be profiled...
I’m sure we’ve all heard about Cyclone Pam that devastated the small island nation of Vanuatu a few weeks back.
The ORCV (Ocean Racing Club of Victoria), runs a long distance yacht race from Melbourne to Vanuatu every 4 years, held most recently in the middle of last year.
The sailing community is relatively small & well connected, so the devastation to the Island, prompted the ORCV committee, membership and wider sailing community to take action to support the fundraising efforts to help the people of Vanuatu, in their recovery efforts.
Along with fundraising activities through local bay clubs, there’s a website setup via Oxfam so anyone can make a donation.
While I’ve not been lucky enough (yet!) to do the race to Vanuatu, I’ve been there on holiday, and the post cyclone landscape certainly paints a scene of absolute devastation, nothing like the picturesque tropical island before the storm.
I’m sure many people have seen the Dragonfly video doing the rounds on facebook & youtube. Apart from my current fascination with superyachts, what’s great about this video is that it shows the generosity and true spirit of yachties and how needed and appreciated this assistance is.
If you haven’t yet seen the video check it out here …..Dragonfly Video
And whether or not you’ve been lucky enough to sail to, or around the islands of Vanuatu, we’re all lucky enough to spend a good part of our time sailing around other beautiful, sometimes tropical parts of the world & right now one of those need our help.
Donate here through the ORCV / Oxfam page at www.yachties4vanuatu.com
19th March 2015
An exciting day in the build up to the Clipper Round the World Race 2015-16 sees the announcement of the line up of skippers for the twelve 70 foot racing boats in the tenth edition of the world sailing challenge.
The line up of professional skippers will lead their amateur crews around the globe in the hope of recreating the achievement of Eric Holden, skipper of ‘Henri Lloyd 50 Years of Pioneering Spirit’ last year, after winning the famous trophy in London in the 2013-14 race.
For the first time in its nineteen year history the line up sees two female skippers selected and also the first skippers to represent France and Ukraine/Germany.
The 2015-16 race departs from the UK on August 30 2015 and will visit 6 continents.
Diane Reid, 42, is the first Canadian woman to be appointed as a Clipper Race Skipper and is hoping to emulate the success of her compatriot Eric Holden, winner of the Clipper 2013-14 Race. Diane has combined her career as a racer, competing in races such as the Mini Transat (from Northern Europe to Guadeloupe), with her desire to share her love of sailing with others, by coaching when she is at home in Canada.
Wendy Tuck, 50, from Sydney is Australia’s first female skipper in the Clipper Race. Wendy got into sailing in her twenties and has spent the last decade as an RYA sailing instructor and charter skipper. So far, she has competed in eight Rolex Sydney-Hobart Races, which means she is only two races away from achieving her lifetime goal of ten, and making it on to the CYCA honours list.
Olivier Cardin, 45, from Saint Aubin sur Mer, Normandy is the first French skipper in our nineteen year history. Olivier has a rich racing history, including two seasons match racing with French Olympic sailor and two-time Finn Gold Cup champion, Philippe Presti. The former IT Project Manager shares his passion for sailing with his family and took his wife – a novice sailor – and three young children under the age of five, sailing round the world in 2011.
Igor Gotlibovych, 27, was born in Kharkov, Ukraine before moving to Germany at a young age. His dual nationality means he is both our first Ukrainian and first German Race Skipper in one. Igor, who has a PhD in Experimental Atomic Physics from Cambridge University, is the youngest of the 2015-16 skippers but he has already garnered years of sailing experience as an instructor and a racer.
Daniel Smith, 31, from West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, is a Senior Yachting and Watersports Instructor who has been sailing since he was a little boy on family holidays in the Scottish Islands. The Scotsman, who graduated from Glasgow University with a degree in Computer Science, is a former Scottish Schools National Champion sailor who is also a qualified wind surfing and power boat instructor.
Peter Thornton 36, from Gorran Haven, has seen his career progress from being a Gorran and Mevagissey Sea Scout, to being awarded an MBE at the age of twenty-five for a period of service as the Flag Lieutenant to the First Sea Lord and Admiralty Board at the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. After fifteen years of service, Peter moved into sailing chartered yachts and has competed in the Isle of Wight Round the Island Race, Taittinger Cup, and the Rolex Sydney-Hobart.
Huw Fernie, 31, from Falmouth, is very familiar with the Clipper Race, having worked as a training mate here since 2012. Huw’s love of sailing developed from childhood holidays with his grandparents. After getting his degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Glasgow
University, he decided it was time to focus completely on sailing. When Huw’s crew line up in the celebrated event in December 26, 2015, it will be his third time competing in the Sydney-Hobart Race. #
Ashley Skett, 31, from Newquay is a former firefighter who grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon and learned to sail dinghies off the Cornish coast as a child.
Ashley, who studied at Plymouth University, marks being accepted into the Royal Marines as one of his greatest achievements. He has spent the last couple of years training Clipper Race crew, as well as working as a training skipper for Irish Offshore Sailing out of Dublin.
Darren Ladd, 49, from Somerset, got into sailing thanks to his grandfather who would take him out on his converted lifeboat in Weymouth, as a child. Darren has had careers in the oil and gas industry and in IT but says he always felt restless because sailing was in his psyche. Darren started working for the Clipper Race as a training mate in 2011. He enjoys many adventurous activities, but says his favourite land based equivalent to sailing is probably ski-touring.
Greg Miller, 39, from Gosport spent 24 years serving in the British Army and has vast experience of sailing different vessels in varying conditions. Greg teaches and assesses crew at the Joint Services Adventurous Sail Training Centre and other Solent based sailing schools, including Clipper Race crew ahead of the last two races. He also has his private pilot’s aeroplane licence.
Jim Prendergast, 40, was born in Sheffield but is now based in Gosport, where he is a Clipper Race training skipper and used to work as Direct Entry Watch Keeper for HM Coast Guard. Jim studied Economics, History and Politics and had a career in sales and marketing before becoming a full-time sailor. He has skippered crew across the Atlantic Ocean and has also raced in the Fastnet.
Max Stunell, 34, from Portsmouth, is another member of the Clipper Race training team. Max started sailing during his schooldays in Portsmouth and now has several Atlantic Ocean crossings under his belt. He spent a few years working in advertising in London before returning to sailing full-time on the south coast. Max also spent a ski season working in Austria.