U.S. solo ocean racer, Ryan Finn from New Orleans, Louisiana is gearing up for the 2009 Transat 6.50, also known as the Mini Transat and will be competing on his proto Mini #252, Mryna Minkoff. After winning the 2007 Bermuda 1-2 race in the U.S. Mini Classes’ debut Ryan has been invited to compete in the famous 4,300 mile solo transatlantic race starting tentatively in La Rochelle, France this coming September making a brief pit stop in the Canary Islands or Madeira before finishing in Brazil. The specific ports will be confirmed at the Paris Boat Show this December. Ryan will be racing in the European Mini circuit this coming spring and summer to train and complete his qualifying requirements. Sailing 360o Sponsorships, S360S located in Baltimore, Maryland has announced that Columbia Sportswear Company will outfit Ryan with apparel and equipment for his upcoming 2009 Mini Transat 6.50 Campaign.
Columbia Sportswear Company, headquartered in Portland, Oregon designs and makes a variety of outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment. Columbia’s layers of apparel including outer shells will be tested to the extreme limits throughout the Transat 6.50 as Ryan faces a multitude of wind, waves, temperatures and weather systems, while hand steering his 6.50 meter Mini across the Atlantic Ocean in one of the world’s most challenging races. Columbia’s Titanium premium performance products are built for high-energy outdoor activities. Titanium apparel, footwear and equipment contains Columbia’s most advanced technologies for comfort and protection with an athletic fit for intense outdoor activities like the Transat 6.50. Columbia clothing is light weight, compact, water resistant, with moisture wicking base layers, providing several UV sun protection options while racing.
A complete listing of Ryan’s current race partners are available at www.ryanfinnoceanracing.com, which includes information about the America’s Wetland Campaign and Ryan’s involvement to bring further visibility to help sustain America’s wetlands along the Louisiana coast.