In partnership with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Helly Hansen has announced the return of its annual lifejacket clinic, providing Personal Flotation Device (PFD) guidance at the annual Round the Island Race this June.
Organised by the Island Sailing Club, the Round the Island Race is an annual, international yacht race attracting over 1,400 boats and around 15,000 sailors each year, with this year’s race on Saturday 25th June.
As a sponsor of the event, Helly Hansen, working in partnership with the RNLI, has organised a lifejacket clinic ahead of the race. This is the fourth year Helly Hansen and the RNLI volunteers have offered lifejacket advice to participants before the start of the race. This year’s lifejacket clinic will take place at the Helly Hansen Cowes store on Friday 24th June.
Commenting on the initiative, Cowes RNLI Coastal Safety Officer, Tony Reeve, said:
“It’s always important to wear a properly fitted and maintained lifejacket or suitable personal flotation device (PFD) when you go out on the water, especially in a sailing event such as Round the Island. Last year many of the lifejackets we saw appeared inadequate for use, highlighting the value of these clinics in helping the sailing public to stay safe by being able to properly look after and maintain their lifejackets.
“We also had some really valuable and insightful conversations and were able to offer advice on not just how to choose and maintain the right lifejacket or PFD but also what to do in an emergency on or near the water. During Round the Island the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews remain ready to launch to those in distress. And in an emergency at the coast please remember to call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard or use VHF channel 16.”
Emma Russell, Marketing Manager for Helly Hansen in the UK, Ireland, and Benelux, added:
“We are pleased to continue offering our lifejacket clinic at this year’s Round the Island Race. The potentially lifesaving advice is one undertaken with our trusted partner, RNLI, working towards our collaborative mission to deliver drowning prevention messages by supporting fundraising and safety campaigns and supplying the very best kit to the RNLI’s lifesavers.
“It is crucial for lifejackets to be serviced annually, as well as checked regularly before going out on the water, and as a brand that provides gear to help people stay and feel alive, we hope these clinics will continue to help save more lives at sea, and ensure users feel safe and confident on the water.”
This clinic, which was first offered to participants in 2018 at Round the Island Race, Cork Week and Dartmouth Regatta, follows Helly Hansen’s announcement of its continued support of the charity’s Mayday campaign, in which the brand will be donating 50% of all UK online sales during the month of May to the RNLI, as it has done since 2018. This year’s lifejacket clinic will take place at the Helly Hansen Cowes store on Friday 24th June, between 15:00 – 19:00.
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