Line 7 Marine behind our largest YTP squad in history


Elite coach to the world’s most distinguished youth sailing programme chooses Line 7 Marine for largest youth squad in club history

Breeding grounds for the Volvo Ocean Race, America’s Cup and Match Racing Champions, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s Youth Training Programme will wear Line 7 Marine for the 2016-2017 season.

In 1987 the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron launched its Youth Training Programme (YTP) and as a result has seen a “generation of yachting dominated by Kiwi sailors” says Guy Pilkington, coach to some of the world’s top ranking skippers.

Pilkington counts 2015 NZ Match Racing Champion Chris Steele (currently ranked 7th in the world in ISAF Match Racing) and 2016 World Match Racing Champion crew members Stewart Dodson and Will Tiller amongst his recent graduates.

“The Youth Training Programme sail all year round in some of the harshest conditions from cold winters to hot, hot summers and in winds from four to 40 knots,” says Pilkington. “We look to exploit every possible advantage on the water and we were impressed with the new technology the Active Tee offers in stimulating circulation, enhancing recovery and regulating body temperature.”

“The new Line 7 gear is proving very popular with our young sailors who wear their ‘uniform’ each weekend training with us,” adds Pilkington.

Comments from the Youth Training Programme members referenced the easy fit, comfort and warmth the garments offered with a particular emphasis on the the 4-way stretch fabric as “fantastic for sailing.”

Line 7 business manager, Danielle Lambert, is thrilled with the reception of the marine-wear by the squad and is proud to back the next generation of Kiwi sailors.

“Key to our ethos is harnessing technology to support performance on the water – whether that’s at a grass roots or America’s Cup level – and we want to use that technology to support the nation’s sailing succession plan. Born in New Zealand’s waters, we’re proud to back Kiwi and we’re honoured to be on the backs of the youth that will take up the mantle to write New Zealand’s future yachting legends.”

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