B&G®, sailing navigation and instrument specialist, has announced two new partnerships.
The first one is with NZ Sailing Trust, where B&G has installed electronics on both Lion NZ and Steinlager2 sailing vessels.
Today (22nd May) is the 30 year anniversary of Steinlarger2 winning the Whitbread, sailing into Southampton. B&G has also created a film in collaboration with Independent creative agency LIKEMINDS to highlight the fantastic work the NZ Sailing Trust does. It tells the story of a group’s experience over a few days on the Hauraki Gulf.
“B&G recognises the importance of sailing within NZ and also the hard work and tireless efforts of those who support the trust and are proud to be involved with such an iconic part of New Zealand’s sailing history,” says Michael Blackwell, Navico’s APAC Marketing Director.
The NZ Sailing Trust empowers young New Zealanders and, through on water experiences, brings to life the values of leadership, teamwork, courage and environmental awareness. The legacy of these iconic vessels, which helped shape many successful sailing careers, is being preserved by the trust along with providing inspiration to young NZ sailors.
B&G has also partnered with Team Malizia and Boris Herrmann.
Headed up by founder Pierre Casiraghi, and sailor Boris Herrmann, the team’s mission is to promote ocean science, protection and education around the world. With Malizia II, a newly upgraded foiling IMOCA 60’, the team have their sights set on the 2020 Vendée Globe. With the support of the latest B&G marine electronics on board, Boris Herrmann will attempt this ultimate race of endurance.
As well as competing in sailing races around the world, Team Malizia are collecting vital ocean CO2 data from a laboratory on board Malizia II. This data assists scientists in better understanding climate change within the ocean. The team has also teamed up with schools around the world to inspire young ambassadors with their sailing adventures.
“I am delighted to be partnering with B&G, I have used their products for many years and have always been impressed with their innovative and high-quality products,” says Boris Herrmann. “Having their renowned expertise and race-proven technology on board will be a great asset towards the Vendee Globe. As a team, we aim to deliver sailing success but also on a wider scale with our Malizia Ocean Challenge, where we focus on protecting our oceans through science and education. As sailors, we see first-hand changes in our environment. It is not enough to just sail fast. We have to work towards solutions to fight the climate crisis and we have to start now. I am looking forward to working on this topic with B&G and to see how we can adapt and use their technology to further scientific research.”