We are very happy to have Zhik join Sailing Anarchy as advertisers, and here’s some pretty big news for them.
The Volvo Ocean Race is fast approaching and this one will see three times more sailing in the Southern Ocean than recent editions of the round-the-world classic. However, the new course still takes the fleet four times across the Equator, so extremes of weather and climate are still very much part of the contest. Demanding on the sailors and very demanding on their clothing…
Pictured: Charles Caudrelier’s Franco- Chinese Volvo entry is one of two this year to now have committed to Zhik foul weather gear (in the last event Zhik gear was being worn discretely by some of the sailors but under the ‘surface’ to avoid sponsor issues). Caudrelier is a past Figaro Race and Volvo winner so this is a potential first big step into the French market for the Australian ‘clothier
This is shaping up to be perhaps the most competitive Volvo Ocean Race yet, because it’s very hard to pick a likely winner from the strong line-up of seven, potentially eight teams. Introducing the one-design element to the last edition of the race made for some of the closest finishes seen in the race. With teams using identical equipment, the focus now is on marginal gains wherever you can find them; one of those key areas is what you wear.
Two crew with a real chance of winning the 2017-18 edition are Team AkzoNobel and Dongfeng Race Team, and they’ve both opted to wear Zhik on their race around the world. Read on.
the status quo blows