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Helly Hansen announces 3-year partnership with Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay as the Official Clothing Partner

Monday, 22 May 2017

Global technical sailing brand, Helly Hansen, announces a three-year deal with one of the world’s largest yacht races, the Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay, as its Official Clothing Partner.

Organised by the Island Sailing Club, the Round the Island Race is the famous one-day sailing event, attracting more than 1,600 boats with more than 16,000 sailors from around the world. Hosted on the Isle of Wight, it is one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK, after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

As Official Clothing Partner for the next three years, Helly Hansen is kitting out all the race volunteers and professionals who ensure the race runs smoothly. The brand is also providing the official Round the Island Race merchandise to competitors and spectators, with exclusive discounts on some of the latest Helly Hansen technical sailing gear, including its new Aegir Race and HP Foil collections.

Dave Atkinson, Head of Race Management for the Round the Island Race, comments on the sponsorship, saying, “We are delighted to welcome Helly Hansen to the race family and are looking forward to working with them. Their brand ethos entirely matches our own and is an ideal fit for our event.”

Emma Russell, Marketing Manager for Helly Hansen in the UK, Ireland and Benelux, adds, “Helly Hansen is delighted to announce its three-year partnership with the Round the Island Race. As one of the most popular sailing events in the world, it provides Helly Hansen with the perfect platform to showcase our commitment to sailors from all around the globe. Our latest collection offers sailors technical and stylish kit, and is designed in conjunction with some of the world’s leading sailing professionals – enabling sailors to perform at their best on the water. We wish all the competitors the best of luck!”

Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet will race 50 nautical miles westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes. This year’s Round the Island Race will be held on the 1 July 2017.

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Peta Stuart-Hunt, Race Press Officer: +44 (0) 7711 477707 /

About Helly Hansen:

Founded in Norway in 1877, Helly Hansen continues to develop professional-grade apparel that helps people stay and feel alive.  Through insights drawn from living and working in the world’s harshest environments, the company has developed a long list of first-to-market innovations, including the first supple waterproof fabrics almost 140 years ago. Other breakthroughs include the first fleece fabrics in the 1960s, the first technical base layers in the 1970s, made with Lifa® Stay Dry Technology, and today’s award winning and patented H2Flow™ temperature regulating system.

Helly Hansen is a leader in technical sailing and performance ski apparel, as well as premium workwear. Its ski uniforms are worn and trusted by more than 55,000 professionals and can be found on Olympians, National Teams, and at more than 200 ski resorts and mountain guiding operations around the world.

Helly Hansen’s outerwear, base layers, sportswear and footwear are sold in more than 40 countries and trusted by outdoor professionals and enthusiasts around the world. To learn more about Helly Hansen’s latest collections, visit

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Last Updated ( Monday, 22 May 2017 )