Madrid, July 11th, 2023 - The Spain SailGP Team has announced Zhik as the official technical clothing supplier for Season 4. Zhik, an Australian based brand, is known for being at the forefront of innovation, pushing the boundaries in the design and technology of sailing apparel fabrics. Zhik's range of wetsuits and dinghy sailing equipment, founded in 2003, has completely changed the design approach to performance clothing.
With three Sail Grand Prix events taking place in Europe and one of them in Cadiz, the deal is a great opportunity for Zhik to increase its reach in the region. Earlier this year the company appointed Dismarina, a leader of boating equipment, hardware and sailcloth in the Spanish marine sector, a country where Zhik continues to expand its customer base. Both SailGP and Zhik have a DNA that seeks to go beyond technological limits, and among its pillars are sustainability and innovation. In addition, the international impact and potential for growth and expansion of a high performance league like SailGP is a great opportunity for Zhik.
The partnership between Spain SailGP Team and Zhik has just been launched with the start of Season 4, but comes on the back of Zhik's support for Diego Botin and Florian Trittel, part of the Spanish team's crew in their 49er Olympic campaign.
Diego Botin, Spain SailGP Team’s driver said: “We are really excited to be able to partner with Zhik for SailGPs Season 4. We have been working with and wearing Zhik on the 49er for a while now, so to be able to extend this to the whole Spainnish SailGP Team is great. We have been working closely with Zhik in the development of some new products that are suited to the high-speed SailGP racing and we look forward to trialling these and really appreciate them supporting us and other top level athletes.”
Mat Belcher, Zhik CEO and triple Olympic medallist said: “It is great to be able to expand our partnerships with some of the world’s best sailors and teams. As a company that is always looking to propel the sailing and water sports industry forward, we see this as a very strong partnership to ensure we can continue to evolve and innovate. The Spanish market is a key one for us and we are very excited to be partnering with this team to expand our presence in such a strong sailing nation.”
Johnny Rodgers, Zhik Global Sponsorship Manager adds: "This is a great progression for us in top-level sailing. Not only partnering with the Spanish team as a whole, but also being able to continue support for Diego and Florian as they embark on their 49er campaign for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris striving for a gold medal.”