World's leading offshore sailing brand MUSTO officially announce their partnership with Vestas, the world leader in wind energy, in the 2014 Volvo Ocean Race
MUSTO is proud to officially announce their support for Team Vestas Wind.
The first-ever Danish boat to compete has proved that minimal time on the water isn’t a barrier with the new one-design Volvo Ocean 65 by winning Leg 0 and finishing in 4th place on Leg 1.
Other crews taking part in this year’s race had on average six times as much training behind them when they arrived in the race start port of Alicante but, with such an experienced collection of sailors including Australian skipper Chris Nicholson leading the team in his fifth Volvo Ocean Race the team has a wealth of sailing talent on board.
The team also features plenty of young talent - two Danish sailors in Peter Wibroe and Nicolai Sehested, who is the youngest Dane ever to take part in the Race at just 24 years old, and 23 year old Australian Tom Johnson.
Team Vestas Wind are wearing customised HPX suits which, now they’ve descended into the Roaring Forties, the team have been living in to ensure they can keep physically pushing hard even when facing extreme cold with water constantly pouring across the decks. However, the team Vestas Wind kit bag is subtly different to what previous teams have required.
With this year’s race routing through warmer climates the kit bags required by this year’s competitors require far more hot weather protection including UV shirts and fast dry shorts.
The Volvo Ocean Race, with stopovers in 11 cities in 11 countries covering a total of 38,739 nautical miles, is considered as the world's toughest ocean race, testing the skill, dedication and endurance of competitors to the maximum. MUSTO will ensure the team is kept in peak performance as they take on one of their toughest ever challenges.
Ocean Racing is a fundamental part of MUSTO, who announced their position as official supplier of sailing apparel and footwear for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. MUSTO's association with the historic race stretches back to 1981/82 when they partnered winning boat Flyer II and they have continued to be involved as a supplier in all-subsequent editions.
For the duration of the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Vestas Wind are kitted out in customised MUSTO HPX in navy and orange.
Skipper Chris ‘Nico’ Nicholson commented on the partnership, saying: "We may have had less group training time under our belt when we arrived in Alicante, but we’ve now we’ve won Leg 0 and achieved fourth place on Leg 1 we’ve proved that we’re going to make our mark on this Race.
Having worked with MUSTO in the 2011-12 edition of the Race they were my first choice to work with.
The support of MUSTO will certainly be vital in the extreme conditions we will face. From experience I know only too well how tough it can get out there and our MUSTO kit is will be a key elements of our success.”
Nigel Musto commented: “MUSTO has supplied kit to Volvo Ocean Race competitors for 33 years, we are delighted to be working with Nico again and give our support to Team Vestas Wind, we’re delighted with their Leg 1 result. With such an experienced Team, they are aware of how important it is to have the highest standard kit to keep them in peak performance over the next nine months – and we wish them nothing but success”.
In 1964 Keith Musto represented Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics, winning silver and bringing home Britain’s only sailing medal. As well as being a great sailor, Keith was an engineer by trade, and upon his return having lost out on Gold by the tiniest of margins, decided he could go faster by building clothing that would enhance performance on the water. Hence the MUSTO brand was born.
Over the next 50 years MUSTO has stayed true to its sailing heritage, building a reputation for innovation and engineered excellence, developing product solutions for the best sportspeople and teams both on the water and in the field. MUSTO is the world’s leading offshore sailing brand, rich in stories, worn by Olympians and record breakers, engineering product tested and proven in the most extreme conditions on the planet.
MUSTO was recently appointed as official sailing apparel and footwear supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race and holds two Royal Warrants for the supply of outdoor clothing
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