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Team Maverick agree partnership with Zhik as Official Technical Apparel Supplier

Team Maverick agree partnership with Zhik as Official Technical Apparel Supplier

Date: 12th February 2018
Article by: Hannah Cotterell

Sailing Team Maverick and clothing manufacturer Zhik have announce a joint partnership deal, which has named Zhik as Team Maverick’s official technical apparel supplier, kicking off at the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 this weekend.

Zhik’s dedication to innovation in performance sailing gear provides the perfect synergy with Team Maverick’s technical engineering and radical approach to yacht racing. The partnership has been deemed a perfect fit with Zhik’s innovative approach to sailing apparel aptly fitting the Maverick ethos of shaking things up and challenging the norm, as the team hit the global racing circuit with their radical Dynamic Stability System (DSS) foils, never before used on a 46 ft. mono-hull of their size.

Zhik was founded before the Athens Olympics when it was noticed that the sailing apparel markets could do with a spark of innovation. There was clearly scope to bring in technically proficient gear to help athletes win gold. Since then, Zhik has not only achieved this, but combined it with a fresh outlook in styling. Top athletes around the world reply on Zhik’s innovative sailing apparel, gear that will be put to the test in the extreme conditions Team Maverick will be facing as they hit the offshore racing circuit in their carbon fibre bullet!

Zhik UK Manager Tristan Hutt added, “We’re delighted that Team Maverick has decided to partner with Zhik as technical apparel supplier. This innovative and ground-breaking yacht embodies many of our values as a brand and provides another great platform to push our gear to the limit”. 

"Much like the boat, the teams travel plans aren't taking any half measures and they have an extensive program ahead for 2018. To help the team perform at their best we have worked with them to carefully select a variety of Zhik gear that features new innovation for both cold and hot weather environments. Gear selected includes our new ZhikDry LT range, the durably water repellent fabric Avlare and our ultra durable Isotak2 offshore range. The team will next be competing in the Caribbean 600 and we look forward to seeing the team in action”. 

Team Maverick founder and crewmember Quentin Stuart also commented that, “At Maverick we are delighted to partner with Zhik. We share a passion for sailing and a commitment to innovation and quality, the perfect fit for our ethos and our approach to the sport.” 

The joint partnership between Team Maverick and Zhik will commence at this years’ 2018 Royal Ocean Racing Club Caribbean 600 in Antigua. This 600 nautical mile annual sailing event will see the team take on the varied and often unpredictable waters of the Caribbean, racing around a scatter of West Indian islands, an event where Team Maverick have unfinished business and will be looking to hunt down that podium position!

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Sean McCarter RORC transat crew blog Day 3

Sean McCarter RORC transat crew blog Day 3

Good morning sports fans!

Team Maverick are well underway in this years RORC Transatlantic race. To be totally honest, it wasn't the start we were looking for with almost 24hrs upwind. Some of the bigger yachts are definitely better suited to punching through short, steep seas than our 5.5 tonne flyer.

At lunchtime today, we finally hoisted the first kite of the race and have been sitting comfortably between 12-17 kts (in similar wind speed) making good use of our DSS foil.

It's hard to complain; blasting into the sunset, impressive volcanic-backdrop of La Gomera to port and a delicious bag of Expeditions finest freeze-dried Spaghetti Bolognaise......

(big gap in typing...... as Sean gets called on-deck)

Sorry about that. As I was writing this I must have jinxed us as the wind shadow reached out from La Palma to grab us. We are all good after some quick crew work we are back in the gradient wind and making good boat speeds.

Anyway I have been up now for three watches so am going to sign off.

PS Can someone tell me how much Ireland beat Australia by?

Sean McCarter out...

Skipper blog update 17th November

Skipper blog update 17th November

Hello Team Maverick fans!

Well we are making good progress. Things are going well. We are in the Atlantic!!

It is starting to warm up which is nice as a few of the crew myself included had everything we owned on and were getting cold after a watch. Efficient packing I say!

Last night we passed though the straits of Gibraltar. We pulled the foils in as we were afraid of debris which we would not be able to see.  We ran under a reefed main and GS (Genoa Staysail). The conservative sail plan meant we navigated the strait with ease, known for its orographic channeling of the wind. However our premonition of the debris was correct. We had at least three rudder strikes and a keel strike.

There has been some minor damage to the rudder top plate but we will know more when we can inspect the underside of the yacht in Lanza. If the weather permits I might dive on the hull later in the trip.

Other than that all is well on board with he watches ticking through and the miles falling. We will have lots to do in Lanza so getting in a few days early is going to be welcome..

Oh yeah last night we had a GREEN FLASH!!!

"The regrets a person most has are those they did not commit when they had the opportunity"

Olly Out