Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik 2022 Choice of Champions LEADERBOARD

Zhik partner with British dynamic duo: Dee Caffari and Shirley Robertson

by Liz Rushall 8 Jun 2022 16:00 BST
Zhik announce partnership with Dee Caffari & Shirley Robertson's 'Team RockIt' Double Handed offshore campaign © Zhik

Double Olympic Gold medalist, Shirley Robertson, and world record breaking solo round the world yachtswomen, Dee Caffari, are teaming up with Zhik as the Official Technical Clothing Supplier for their 2022/23 double-handed offshore sailing campaign.

Dee and Shirley bring a powerhouse of sailing talent and expertise to this campaign. As the first woman to sail non-stop solo around the world, against the prevailing winds and currents Dee has since completed six circumnavigations. Her offshore racing career includes the Vendee Globe and two Volvo Ocean Races.

After winning Olympic Gold in the Europe Class and then the Yngling keelboat, and forging a highly successful career as a TV and sailing media presenter, Shirley switched to offshore doubled handed racing in 2021. Racing with Henry Bomby, the pair finished second in class in the Fastnet Race and in the UK Double Handed Offshore series.

Now racing their new Jeanneau Sun Fast 3300 'RockIt' together, this years campaign for Dee and Shirley includes the RORC offshore race series and culminates with the marathon 1800nm Sevenstar Round Britian and Ireland Race. Since RORC introduced a double handed class 12 years ago, only 9 out of 25 teams have finished.

Shirley Robertson comments, "We're asking a lot from our technical kit - the Round Britain and Ireland race is long, inevitably we will encounter rough, cold conditions. Our boat is small, there's little protection and to race it well requires a high level of flexibility and physicality. It's extreme and staying dry, warm and in good shape is crucial to success - technical kit that performs, is durable and has been well thought out by the best sailors in the game is crucial. We're excited to partner with Zhik, they have a history of listening and adapting. It's exciting to be working with them."

Piet Poelmann, Zhik CEO adds, "We are thrilled to be supporting Shirley and continuing our existing partnership with Dee. Double handed offshore sailing is some of the toughest racing out there and we are excited to be part of this highly talented and inspiring team. They will be wearing our latest high performance OFS800 breathable offshore gear and CST500 coastal gear for lighter weather."

Zhik sponsorship manager Johnny Rodgers adds, "It's awesome for Zhik to be signing up with two of the World's best female sailing athletes. We are looking forward to working with Dee and Shirley and following their progress in the six episode film series following their build up to and the race around Britain and Ireland."

www.zhik.com
#MadeForWater

Related Articles

New Zhik SuperThin Bootie
Next generation footwear The SuperThin Bootie pushes the boundaries for footwear with an all new knitted upper that is 4X more durable to abrasion than neoprene, combined with a super lightweight and flexible rubber sole for enhanced manoeuvrability. Posted today at 3:00 am
Planet-friendlier summer watersports gear
The newly launched Spring 2023 collection from Zhik The newly launched Spring 2023 collection from Zhik introduces more environmentally friendly water sports and shoreside gear, leading with new ranges of shorts and polo shirts for warm weather activities. Posted on 24 Mar
Zhik appoint Dismarina as Spanish distributor
A business established in Spain for 25 years Zhik are delighted to announce the appointment of Dismarina as the brand's exclusive distributor for Spain. Established for 25 years, Dismarina set out to represent the best brands of boating equipment, hardware and sail cloth. Posted on 8 Mar
ReZHIKle your old wetsuit
Zhik are proud to launch a new recycling pilot program called reZHIKle Zhik are proud to launch a new recycling pilot program called reZHIKle. Whilst our focus is innovating more eco-friendly garments, what happens to them at the end of life is equally as important. Posted on 6 Mar
Want to own a piece of Zhik?
Zhik launch $4m crowd funding opportunity Technical water apparel brand Zhik has released an introductory video to launch a crowd funding campaign giving everyday sailors and loyal customers the opportunity to become shareholders and invest in the company's future success. Posted on 15 Feb
Zhik ZKG amphibious footwear make welcome comeback
Looking totally at home on the boardwalk, designed entirely to be 'Made for Water' Zhik's contemporary, casual styled ZKG amphibious watersports and boat shoes are making a popular return. Looking totally at home on the boardwalk, these technically proficient shoes come into their element in water and are designed entirely to be 'Made f Posted on 8 Feb
2023: A Huge Year for Zhik
New products, new athlete partnerships, new fabric innovations and much more 2022, what a year! Whether you're a world champion, a weekend cruiser, learning to sail or just getting into water sports, we would like to thank you for trusting in Zhik to keep you protected and at the top of your game when out on the water. Posted on 19 Jan
New eco-friendly insulated Cell Vest from Zhik
A versatile midlayer for on and offshore For warmth on and off the water, this new stylish slim fit Cell Vest is perfect as an extra layer. Inside the vest contains RepreveĀ®, a quick drying 100% recycled, breathable synthetic insulation fill that provides high warmth with low bulk. Posted on 16 Jan
Zhik's new multi-purpose breathable PFD
So light it barely feels like you are wearing it Zhik's new ultra lightweight, breathable PFD is an ergonomically profiled buoyancy vest, which is so light it barely feels like you are wearing it. Posted on 9 Dec 2022
Sir Peter Blake Regatta to be supported by Zhik
The largest junior and youth regatta in the Southern Hemisphere The 20th edition of the Sir Peter Blake Regatta, the largest junior and youth regatta in the Southern Hemisphere, will be supported by Zhik as it kicks off this weekend at Auckland's Torbay Sailing Club. Posted on 1 Dec 2022