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Sponsorship for the "Solo Round Britain" challenge



Last Summer, Hempel UK Sales Manager, Darren Gittins, announced that Hempel would sponsor single-handed sailor Alan Rankin in his solo challenge to sail around the British and Irish coasts.

Hempel took responsibility of supplying antifouling paint and boat care products to keep the sailor's Triman slipping smoothly and efficiently through the water on a 45 day voyage.

During Alan’s journey, Hempel was responsible to keep the Sailor's Trimaran slipping smoothly and efficiently through the water on a 45 day voyage. “We are delighted that Alan selected Hempel products to help him succeed with this challenge. We know how keen he was to complete this mission smoothly and had great confidence that our products would perform and produce outstanding results and long-lasting protection” commented Darren.

The challenge to sail singlehandedly around the UK and Ireland was successfully completed in July after a 43 day 2,400 mile voyage calling at 10 ports and subsequently completing a 10k run for charity at each port. The challenge has to date raised just over £6,500 for Parkinson's UK, Cancer Research UK, MS Society, British Heart Foundation and Ocean Youth Trust Scotland.

For the duration, and following on from the completion of the challenge,  there has been significant media coverage in print, digital and social media channels.

Alan Rankin is planning to take a year off in 2014 but he is currently working on projects scheduled for 2015 and 2016. Hempel UK is proud to be a part of future projects of this nature which allows the company to engage with our customer’s passion for sailing and promote our key message to Keep Sailing. We wish all the best to the sailor Alan Ranking and look forward to when our paths cross again in the future.

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YouTube: 2,400 miles in 3 minutes 1AR 2