Twelve people move a little closer to Achieving Something Remarkable with Henri-Lloyd and The GORE-TEX Experience Tour.

Henri Lloyd and the GORE-TEX Experience Tour have announced the twelve finalists who will compete to win three places on the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race. Going head to head over two days, the finalists will need to demonstrate the will to succeed that encapsulates the whole philosophy of this life changing race.

The finalists of the current GORE-TEX Experience Tour all have two things in common; a passion for life and an adventurous spirit. Other than that, they couldn’t be more different, which shows the diverse range of people that this amateur sailing race attracts. The finalists are:

For Leg 3 – The Southern Ocean Sleigh Ride
Andrzej Swiderski (Poland), Niall Newport (UK), Julie Cully (UK) and Jorieke Van Der Stelt (Netherlands)

For Leg 4 – Cape Leeuwin and Three Oceans
Romanda Simpson (UK), Tuija Mantyla (Italy), Theresa Pine (UK) and Grace Freret (UK)

For Leg 5 – The Asia Pacific Challenge
Mark Rushmore (UK), Simon Straetker (Germany), Mark Nichols (UK) and Ciendra Heaney (Northern Ireland)

No sailing experience is required, so for some of these people their first experience of sea life will be on Thursday 9th May in Portsmouth, when they board the new Clipper 70 ocean racing yacht – the same boat that the eventual winners will crew for one leg of the round the world race. Even the most inexperienced finalists needn’t worry as they will be kitted out in the latest GORE-TEX products from Henri Lloyd who are Official Technical Clothing Partner to the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Once on board, the finalists will be set a variety of tasks over two days designed to assess their suitability for the project. Sailing skills as well as qualities including resilience, team work and ingenuity will be taken into consideration by the judging panel when it makes its final decision. Although there is a very serious outcome to the selection program, there will also be a lot of fun along the way.

The three winners will be announced at a dinner on Friday 10th May and will be allocated to their teams for Leg 3, Leg 4 and Leg 5 the following day. After that the really hard work will begin as the lucky winners prepare to learn all of the sailing skills necessary to tackle this infamous ocean race.

About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

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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 inManchester,Englandby Mr Henri 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 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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