13. May, 2013

The GORE-TEX Experience Tour and Henri-Lloyd select winners of their ‘Achieve Something Remarkable’ project.

Three months ago, Gore and Henri-Lloyd set out to find three remarkable people to take part in the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race. Hundreds of applications came in from across the whole of Europe and after a demanding selection event in Hampshire this weekend the finalists were whittled down to three winners.

The GORE-TEX Experience Tour enables people to make their dreams a reality. And for those people passionate about sailing, the dream doesn’t get much bigger than ocean racing!

Representing the GORE-TEX Experience Tour and Henri-Lloyd on Leg 3 – The Southern Ocean Sleigh Ride – will be Julie Cully who, after seeing the competition advertised in the London underground, decided to set herself a challenge that would take her out of her comfort zone. Originally from Ireland, Julie 37 is now based in London and was impressed by the competition, “Any one of the finalists would have made an incredible ambassador for this project. I am really honoured to have been selected and am determined to do each one of them proud when I take my place on Leg 3.”

For Leg 4 – Cape Leeuwin and Three Oceans – the judging panel chose Grace Freret who was inspired to follow her sailing dream after reading ‘Come hell or high water’ by Claire Francis as a young girl. “I am so grateful to GORE-TEX Experience Tour and Henri-Lloyd for helping me to realise a childhood dream,” commented Grace who is 31 and lives in Liverpool.

And finally, on Leg 5 – The Asia Pacific Challenge – the winner is Romanda Simpson. Romanda’s thirst for adventure has taken her from her native Canada to all corners of the globe and she is excited about the next steps. Now based in London, Romanda 31, commented,, “the experience so far has been amazing. It has been inspiring to spend time with inspirational people who share the same lust for life. What’s even more thrilling is the prospect of what is in store for me and the other three winners.”

No sailing experience is required to take part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, so when the Clipper 68 foot ocean racing yacht left harbour this was the first real sailing experience for some of the finalists. After a full day on the water where everyone had chance to try the different roles on board, the judges convened on shore to make their final deliberations.

“We have been really inspired by the people we have spent the last two days with,” said Anna McNamara of W.L. Gore & Associates, the organisers of the GORE-TEX Experience Tour. “We wanted to find three people with a passion for life and a will to succeed and I think it is fair to say that we found those qualities in all twelve of our finalists.”

As well as their prize of joining a crew for the race, Julie, Grace and Romanda will also be kitted out for their adventure in the latest GORE-TEX products from Henri-Lloyd who are Official Technical Clothing Partner to the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The runners up all received Henri-Lloyd Falcon GORE-TEX Jackets.

Graham Allen, Commercial Director Henri-Lloyd Limited concludes, “Unsurprisingly, there was fierce competition for the final places, but I am confident that we have found 3 winners who will not just benefit from, but will thrive from this incredible adventure. We are all looking forward to following their progress.”

About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.:

Gore is a technology-driven company focused on discovery and product innovation. Well known for waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX fabric, the company’s portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Newark, Del., Gore posts annual sales of more than $3.2 billion and employs approximately 10,000 associates in 30 countries worldwide. Gore is one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists since the rankings debuted in 1984. The company also appears regularly on similar lists around the world. Learn more at gore.com.

About Henri-Lloyd:

In 2013 the family run company will be celebrating half a century as one of the market leaders in technical sailing and lifestyle apparel and has paved the way for all modern foul weather clothing, setting the standard for performance and comfort.

Founded in 1963 in Manchester, England by the late Mr Henry Strzelecki and managed by his son’s Martin and Paul since the 1980’s, British specialist clothing brand Henri-Lloyd has pioneered the development of modern foul weather clothing technology and design. Mr Henri also introduced of a number of design firsts which are now accepted as industry standards including, first ever Bri-Nylon® garment with hand taped seams, integral safety harness, non corrosive zips and the use of Velcro® as a closure on garment.

Henri Lloyd’s association with the world’s sailing elite includes working with the early pioneers of solo circumnavigation and exploration Sir Francis Chichester and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, and more recently Sir Ben Ainslie, quadruple Olympic Gold Medallist, the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, allowing Henri-Lloyd to stay at the forefront of intelligent innovation.

Henri-Lloyd also has a strong international presence and distributes to over 50 countries.


About The Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race:

The Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race will start in summer 2013 and return almost a year later after completing the 40,000 miles route, making it the world’s longest ocean race. The event was established by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to give everyone, regardless of sailing experience, the opportunity to discover the exhilaration of ocean racing. 650 people representing more than 40 nations will compete in the Clipper 13-14 Race on twelve brand new 70-foot yachts designed by renowned naval architect Tony Castro. It’s the largest race ever. Crew members can sign up for the whole circumnavigation or one or more of eight legs. The only qualification for the race is the minimum age of 18 (there is no upper age limit) plus a thirst for adventure. The overall race is divided into individual stages and points are accumulated in a Formula 1-style scoring system. The yacht with the highest total points at the finish wins the Clipper Trophy.


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