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Official Race Supplier for Clipper 09-10 Race

Clipper Round the World Race

ChartCo has become the official supplier of electronic and paper charts for the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race.

As with any offshore yacht race, routeing plays a vital role in attaining a podium position and the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is no exception. Navigation is as important as weather routeing in making sure that a team reaches the finish line first, but most importantly, safely. With ten identical stripped down ocean racing yachts battling it out over 35,000 miles the professional skippers and their novice crews will be reliant on the latest navigational charts.

ChartCo will be supplying high quality ADMIRALTY electronic and paper charts and their Chart Correction Team is busy updating the Clipper chart outfits, providing ten folios ahead of the race start from the Humber on 13 September.

ChartCo has entered into this exciting relationship with the Clipper Race because of the mutual ambition of both companies. As with the Clipper Race, ChartCo’s Leisure Division is keen for new people to come into the sport and learn the “ropes” properly through professional instruction and practical experience. Through www.bookharbour.com and resellers all over the country, ChartCo is the biggest distributor of marine publications, charts, navigational data and instruments, some of which are specifically designed for safe navigation, while others focus more on boat performance and sailing faster.

Terry Smallwood, Manager of Leisure Business at ChartCo, says, Sponsoring the race gives ChartCo the perfect opportunity to support the yachting industry and to promote its specialist products. As well as using our chart data for navigating, the crews will also have a range of our publications, including tide tables, details of shipping lanes, list of radio frequencies around the world, and a number of pilot books for specific information on sailing between the ports of call.

Representatives from ChartCo will meet those competing in Clipper 09-10 at the crew allocation event on 30 May where they will have the opportunity to browse through some suggested reading materials. These are aimed at giving aspiring race crews an insight into what makes a racing yacht perform well.

We know that the crews need high quality, up to date data in an easily understandable format, says Mr Smallwood. We are experts at providing this information for the leisure and racing yacht market, so we welcome this opportunity to work closely with the Clipper Race.

Clipper Race founder and Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, says, As the organisers of the world’s only non-professional round the world yacht race we pride ourselves in putting safety first. ChartCo is a very welcome addition to the race as an Official Race Supplier and the up to date navigational material they supply will assist in ensuring that our crews get round both quickly and safely.