Gill - Gill is proud to announce sponsorship of the Optimist Class Association

Gill announces an exciting new partnership as Official Clothing Sponsor to the International Optimist Class Association (IOCA-UK). The sailing clothing specialist has come on board, in a three year deal, to join Volvo in joint sponsorship of the class.

Gill is pleased to be a part of the Optimist Class and feel it is extremely important to support these young sailors from the early stages of their sailing careers. They are a pioneer of the dinghy clothing market, as this is where the company’s roots are, so the decision to sponsor the Optimist Class was a natural choice. 

Nick Gill, founder and Chairman of Gill commented:

“I am delighted to be involved with the Optimist Class. They are the sailors of tomorrow and it is an opportunity for Gill to market its exciting new range of dinghy clothing to the next generation of customers and gain their valuable feedback. It is wonderful to see fleets of 300+ on the water and the challenge for the sport is to ensure they go on into other fleets in time.” The Gill Race Team already supports several Optimist sailors, including Sarah Norbury and Scott Wallis. 

Marshall King, Chairman of IOCA (UK) added:

“The Optimist Class is delighted to welcome Gill as our joint title sponsor with Volvo for the next three years. Gill is as passionate as our members about dinghy sailing and the technical clothing that sailors wear whilst getting wet. Many of our members sail all year round and appreciate high quality comfortable technical clothing of the type that Gill provides. Gill value the opinion of their consumers and strive to meet their needs and we are sure that our young sailors will do all they can to help develop the clothing of the future.” 

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