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Offshore Racing Academy & Expedition Foods Partner for 2022

16th January 2022
Kenneth Rumball of the Offshore Racing Academy
Kenneth Rumball of the Offshore Racing Academy

The Offshore Racing Academy which aims to provide professional impartial offshore sailing and racing advice to make offshore sailing and racing more fun, enjoyable and safe for sailors of all levels from the gruelling Figaro and Class 40 solo offshore circuits to national and coastal IRC sailing is delighted to announce a strategic partnership with Expedition Foods.

Established in 1995, Expedition Foods provides top quality freeze-dried meals to internationally acclaimed explorers, rowers, sailors, endurance athletes and mountaineers as well as campers, scouts, film crews, military personnel and rescue service teams all over the world.

Expedition Foods’ delicious light-weight meals provide the perfect nutrition for a wide range of outdoor pursuits. Sold globally, Expedition Foods is recognised as one of the top brands of freeze-dried meals available in today’s market. Manufactured in Britain, Expedition Foods is the expert in producing meals that retain all the nutrition of a perfectly balanced meal in a single, light-weight packet. Our meals deliver the fuel and balanced nutrition required for the most gruelling of challenges; to summit our highest peaks, to row our oceans, and to traverse the remotest wildernesses on our planet.

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Kenneth Rumball of the Offshore Racing Academy has been solely using Expedition Foods for the past number of years as supplier of choice for gruelling offshore races and expeditions, in his own words, ‘Expedition Foods are perfect for offshore racing whether you are fully crewed or sailing solo. The meals are lightweight, delicious to eat and with three calorie options High Energy (800+ kcal), Regular Serving (450 kcal) and Extreme Energy (1000 kcal) you can choose how much you need right away with no wastage! The fact that all you need to do is add hot water, you reduce cooking time and mess on board which means you can eat quickly and efficiently and then get back to the racing with minimal downtime!’

Expedition Food will be the Offshore Racing Academy’s food supplier of choice with members competing in both the Classe Figaro Beneteau and Class 40 circuits this year.

The Offshore Racing Academy’s racing season is non stop this year…. Some races are literally back to back, the calendar includes;

  • The Solo Maitre Coq – Figaro 3 15th-24th April – Solo Race as a qualifier for the Solitaire du Figaro
  • The Normandy Channel Race 15th-20th May
  • Sardinha Cup 3rd to 17th June – 2 leg double-handed race in the Figaro 3
  • SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race 18th – 25th June. Members will be competing on Fully – Crewed boats for this race.
  • Dhream Cup 12th – 23rd July Members will be competing in this race in both the Classe 40 and Figaro 3 boats
  • Solo Guy Cotton (Solo Concarneau) 2nd-6th August Figaro 3 Qualifying Race for the Solitaire du Figaro
  • Round Britain and Ireland Yacht Race 7th-14th August Class 40
  • La Solitaire du Figaro 15th August – 11th September. The Infamous solo marathon in the Figaro 3

The Offshore Racing Academy is actively seeking further partners to help actively promote the values of companies, businesses and individuals who wish to gain exposure in a unique diverse platform. With events in France, the UK and Ireland this year, any company or individual who is looking to promote their business of idea will reach a very wide audience.

If you would like more information on how to partner with the Offshore Racing Academy, email [email protected]

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