Just like the Clipper Race crew, Musto is driven out of the desire to go beyond the accepted, enabling sailors to tackle the most extreme ocean conditions. Its for this reason that Musto has been appointed Technical Clothing Partner for the Clipper 2023-24 Round The World Yacht Race. With over 40 per cent of Clipper Race crew having never sailed before, Musto and its reputation for proven performance will prepare them to take on one of the toughest challenges on the planet.
Founded in the UK in 1964, Musto is the world’s number one performance sailing brand and a global leader in outdoor clothing apparel. As the first sailing brand ever to partner with GORE-TEX, Musto sets the bar for innovation on the water, taking insights drawn from the best sailors in the world, who win Olympic medals, circumnavigate the globe, and battle some of the most volatile environments on the planet. The lessons we learn out at sea, empower our performance on land, as we work with the best fabric technologies on the market to deliver kit that can handle extreme adventures on solid ground, and lifestyle clothing that delivers both style and substance.
Says Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Founder and President of Clipper Ventures:
When you wear Musto, it’s more than a product. You’re wearing thousands of hours of experience in the harshest conditions with the best athletes. In the real world and in the lab, we push our products to their absolute limit, to ensure our customers remain safe, protected, and able to perform at their best in any environment.
Both the Clipper Race and Musto have ocean racing in their DNA and unrivalled expertise in the field. The Clipper Race has come to know what sailors need to succeed, whilst every Musto technical sailing garment has been precision-engineered to meet the demands of sailors in the worst conditions. It’s this instinct for keeping people protected and performing out at sea that makes Musto and the Clipper Race the ideal combination.
A round the world yacht race, where crew face the toughest conditions that Mother Nature can serve up, makes for the ultimate testing ground for Musto kit. From the blistering heat of the tropics, to freezing storms and gale force winds in the North Pacific, the Clipper Race Skippers, First Mates and Race Crew are able to test Musto’s products in the planet’s most challenging environments. As a result Musto has been able to use feedback to develop and refine its fabrics and products- the brand’s industry-leading HPX fabric that was tested by Skippers on the 2019-20 edition will be worn by the Clipper 2023-24 Race Crew on this edition. Find out more here.
Nick Houchin, Head of Marketing comments, “What’s really unique about the Clipper Race is that it has the potential to take someone out of their comfort zone and provide them with an experience that changes the way they see their lives forever. The inspiration and drive that comes from seeing what you can achieve when you push yourself extends far beyond the race. These sailors will be facing the most challenging of conditions, which is why they need the best protection to keep them focused on the task at hand.”
By collaborating with the Clipper Race, the industry-leading British clothing brand will further enhance its global reach, beyond the 40 countries in which its apparel is already sold.