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Musto appointed as clothing partner for GBR Challenge
Author: Mark Bullingham
Musto Ltd, world's leaders in the design and manufacture of foul weather gear, are the Official Clothing Partner to Peter Harrison's GBR Challenge. Musto will be responsible for the design and manufacture of the crew's sailing and shore clothing, as well as a commercial collection, which will
be on sale to the general public.
Nigel Musto, Deputy Managing Director, commented, 'It's a great honour to be appointed to work with Peter Harrison's GBR Challenge. As a British company, to work with the British Syndicate was something that we were very keen to do. Through extensive research and experience, we know that the clothing system supplied will be one of the many factors contributing to the sailors' performance. The guys will be wearing the most revolutionary inshore sailing clothing - the development opportunities that this project gives us are very exciting and work is already underway.'
Harrison clearly has confidence in the clothing supplier that GBR Challenge have appointed, 'I am delighted that Musto are joining GBR Challenge as our clothing partner. In addition to the unparalleled technical expertise that they offer our Sailing Team, I have every confidence that Musto will be an excellent business partner for the Challenge.'
David Barnes, General Manager of GBR Challenge stated, 'This is my sixth America's Cup project. I know what the sailors will go through out on the water. The expertise, knowledge and resources that Musto bring to the campaign are a great asset to the project.'
Just as with previous high profile projects, Musto are undertaking an extensive development programme to ensure that the foul weather gear's design is optimised.
Key issues to be addressed are mobility, weight and breathability. Musto will be working closely with key business partners, WL Gore (GORE-TEX) and Malden Mills (Polartec), to develop new fabrics and optimise their use in the clothing to give maximum performance.
- GBR Challenge Website
- YachtsandYachting.com America's Cup Page
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