Spinlock are very pleased to announce a new commercial partnership with Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe owners and organisers OC Sport Pen Duick. As Official Lifejacket Supplier to the Route due Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, Spinlock will provide life jackets to the many vessels required to support the event on the water at the finish in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe to maintain the safety standards required by such a prestigious and popular event.
Charting a 3,542-nautical mile course from Saint-Malo in Brittany to Pointe-à-Pitre on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, the Route du Rhum was first held in 1978 and has since established itself as one of the big targets for the world’s top solo ocean racers. This year’s race started on November 4th with a record breaking 123 male and female skippers in six classes, headlined by the super-fast and spectacular giant Ultime trimarans, competing in this 40th anniversary edition.
Many of the lifejackets will be worn by local fisherman, and other marine professionals, whose boats and crews are volunteered to the event management team for use in tasks such as course marshalling, filming the race finishers, ferrying of race officials and hosting VIP spectators. By way of small ‘thank you’ for their participation, the captains and crews are invited to keep these premium lightweight, comfortable lifejackets to continue to provide security at sea when business returns to normal on the waves of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean
Marine Derrien, Venue Manager for finish of the Route du Rhum -Destination Guadeloupe said “It’s great to have Spinlock on board as lifejacket supplier, their lifejackets are the best in the world and it is our responsibility as organisers to ensure all our staff and volunteers have the equipment needed to be safe while they work. There are a lot of vessels operating in a small area of the sea, and as well as orchestrating the movements of all the boats, we must also take precautions to preserve lives should anyone find themselves in the water unintentionally.”
Charlie Carter from Spinlock said “I was completely blown away by the scale of the Route du Rhum while visiting Saint Malo before the start, the event is a tremendous spectacle amongst the wider public in France and sets the example to the marine industry globally. It is in the media spotlight and rigorous standards to manage risk are crucial, especially with so many spectator craft participating on the water. Spinlock are proud to begin this partnership with OC Sport Pen Duick to help ensure that those standards are met and with the hope to leave of a legacy of improved education in marine safety, and a continuing cultural shift amongst water users around the world towards taking precautions against the risks inherent with being at sea.”