Low lands back for a high seas spin
EINDHOVEN _ De Lage Landen, a Dutch financial services provider, will join the 2013-14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race again _ this time in One DLL, a sleek 70ft, bright blue ocean racer. The event is the longest round-the-world.
Under race rules, the yacht will be crewed by amateurs, including company staff. The skipper is Oliver Cotterel, a 27-year-old Britton, who has been sailing professionally since graduating from university. It will be Cotterel’s first Clipper Round the World.
“I have always wanted to sail around the world. Doing so competitively on a matched fleet in such a prestigious race is a unique opportunity,” says Cotterel. “The Clipper Race will give me the opportunity to follow a dream while doing something I love.”
The race will give De lage Landen, a subsidiary of the Dutch Rabo Bank, global exposure. Says CEO Ronald Slaats: “For an international company like we are, working together is crucial in order to be successful. Our participation in the previous edition of the Clipper Race had a positive impact on the internal connection between employees all over the world.”
The Clipper 13-14 Race leaves Britain in late August for an 11-month, 40,000m journey made up of races to 15 ports on 6 continents. The Clipper-70 yachts are provided by organizers. The 12 boats in the 2013-14 race are the third generation Clipper Race yachts and make up the world’s biggest fleet of one-design ocean racing yachts. They are faster than previous race yachts featuring twin helms and rudders, a 6ft bowsprit for 3 large asymmetric spinnakers and a suite of Yankee headsails.