Royal Southern Yacht Club’s Friday Series gets Gaastra Sponsorship

By iSportconnect | April 5, 2013

The new Friday evening short course regattas being run by the Royal Southern Yacht Club will see Gaastra Pro Gear BV as their sponsor.

The Dutch technical sailing and leisure clothing company will sponsor the events in May, June and July, which has been set up to appeal to owners and crew who are ‘looking for something that fits their busy lifestyles.’

Royal Southern have set the series close to the Hamble base and the competition offers one and a half hours of competition in Southampton waters.

Gaastra are also Royal Southern’s exclusive clothing partner and CEO Marc Blees said: “We are beginning to appreciate just what an innovative and professional team the Club has and how much they want to get their sailors on the water. We are right behind anything that makes sail racing easier and more fun to compete in and the Gaastra Friday Series does just that.”

Karen Henderson-Williams from Royal Southern Yacht Club commented: “What we learned last season was that quite a few of our regular competitors are boat-rich but time-poor, what with family and business commitments.

“So, our concept is for an informal series of evening racing where crews can just turn up and take off and then get back for a beer and a banter, with a Club supper to follow.

“We’ve been working with the RYA’s new NHC handicapping system as the best way to get all these boats racing together. This Series is designed to give extra racing for those short of time and with maximum fun in the minimum of time.”