25 Aug Mustang Survival sponsors first Canadian seeking to make history to complete Vendée Globe
New Canadian offshore sailing campaign launched, seeking to make history.
August 25, 2022
Canada Ocean Racing and Mustang Survival are proud to announce their partnership. The team’s President and Skipper, Scott Shawyer will compete in the solo, non-stop round-the-world race, the Vendée Globe 2028 , aiming to become the first Canadian to complete the pinnacle event in offshore sailing – widely regarded as the toughest sporting challenge on the planet. Mustang Survival is supporting him with apparel and safety gear.
This week, Shawyer launched a new offshore sailing team called Canada Ocean Racing. Backed by renowned British sailor Alex Thomson, Shawyer’s campaign aims to lead and inspire the development of offshore sailing in Canada. A core team of Canadian sailors will manage the day-to-day running of the yacht’s technical performance while the team embarks on a rigorous schedule of offshore training and race preparation. From youth engagement programs with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Foundation to gender equity and inclusion opportunities with The Magenta Project, the Canada Ocean Racing team will encourage the next generation to choose their own adventure and create a pathway for future athletes, helping them to build the necessary pathways and networks in performance sailing.
A journey this rigorous requires gear you can count on. On deck Scott will be wearing the EP 6.5 Ocean Racing jacket, salopettes and smock topped with the EP 38 Ocean Racing Hydrostatic Inflatable Vest. Scott needs technical performance gear that will bring him to the finish line, our EP 6.5 line up is tough as nails, just like him.
“As a Canadian brand, we are proud to partner with Canada Ocean Racing as the official technical apparel supplier. We’re also excited to support Scott in his pursuit to be the first Canadian to finish the Vendée Globe. At Mustang Survival, we believe life is best lived beyond land and produce marine safety and apparel products to enable this,” says Anja Mueller, Senior Marketing Manager.
Excited about the project Shawyer said “I know that taking on the Vendée Globe will be the biggest challenge of my life. I’ve joined forces with one of the best in the business, Alex Thomson, and like him, I have always been competitive and driven. With the launch of Canada Ocean Racing, we have three clear objectives: to become the first Canadian to complete the Vendée Globe, to develop the sport of offshore sailing within Canada, and to build a successful business in the sport. We are a proud and adventurous nation and it’s time for Canada to compete on the world stage in singlehanded offshore sailing”.
Shawyer and the Canada Ocean Racing team have recently begun training as they prepare to compete in the IMOCA Globe Series, a series of offshore races including solo and double-handed transatlantic crossings, leading to the pinnacle event, the Vendée Globe in 2028. With the mentorship of Thomson, who has competed in five Vendée Globe races, including two podiums and numerous world records, Shawyer’s team will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to run a successful professional sports team.