Clipper Race Secure First African Sponsor with Invest Africa plus Cummins Onan as Technical Supplier

August 20, 2013

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has secured its first African commercial sponsor, anesthetist with Invest Africa becoming a team sponsor.

The deal sees the Invest Africa boat join the Clipper fleet for the ninth edition of the 11 month race, physician with the aim of increasing their visibility worldwide.

Rob Hersov, cialis Chairman and Founding Partner, Invest Africa said: “We believe the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race provides a unique global stage where we can promote the opportunities for investment in the planet’s most exciting continent.”

William Ward, CEO of Race Organisers Clipper Ventures PLC remarked: “We are delighted to welcome Invest Africa on board. They clearly recognise the power of the Clipper Race in building visibility within global markets.

“We are confident Invest Africa will discover this is a powerful platform for developing their international networks.”

Invest Africa aims to build business relationships within growing African networks and has made strides in Europe through deals with Premier League football club Sunderland.

The Invest Africa yacht also includes participants from the Sapinda Rainbow program, a youth initiative funded by the Sapinda Group with the endorsement of the Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund.

The Sapinda Group are providing eight underprivileged South African youngsters with the opportunity to participate in the race. The youths will form a relay with each team member completing one race leg each.

Cummins Onan announced as Official Technical Supplier

In other news, the Clipper Race has named Cummins Onan as the Official Technical Supplier of the 2013-14 race.

Cummnis Onan will provide the marine generators for the brand new matched fleet of 12, 70ft ocean racers.

The Clipper Ventures Race Director, Justin Taylor said: “Cummins Onan has an outstanding reputation for performance and reliability, and I for one feel extremely reassured that they will provide the highest quality of technical support and product for the duration of the 40,000-mile, 11 month Race.”

Cummins Onan Sales Manager, Phil Terry, added: “The Clipper Race is an incredible, unique and challenging race that tests the vessels and those who sail them to the limits. The elegant and sleek new design of Clipper 70 belies the extremely demanding requirements of the Clipper Race, which is why Cummins Onan generators are the perfect partner.

“Cummins wishes all who sail in the new Clipper 70 the very best of success in this amazing race.”