Firm’s lifevests to protect America’s Cup team in races

Hazel Proudlock from Crewsaver with a display of the  company's products     ''Picture: Sarah Standing (170599-7698)
Hazel Proudlock from Crewsaver with a display of the company's products ''Picture: Sarah Standing (170599-7698)
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A GOSPORT marine safety firm has clinched a deal to supply essential new kit to one of the teams racing in this year’s America’s Cup World Series.

Crewsaver, based at Haslar Marina, Haslar Road, has supplied Artemis Racing with two of its latest armoured buoyancy aids.

The life jackets will be worn by the Artemis crew as they compete in the contest.

Nigel Parkes, Crewsaver design manager, said: ‘Working with Artemis Racing gives us a very unique and exciting opportunity to not only design great product but in addition to learn and refine our designs from the constant testing and valuable feedback received from the team.’

The new safety devices feature a host of upgrades over previous models, designed to make them tougher, lighter and more protective than ever before.

Key developments also include a significant update to the stowage options for the compressed air carbon cylinder and regulator, which now has an additional storage option on the front and back of the buoyancy aid.

As highlighted in the Crewsaver #LifejacketSafe campaign, it is vital users wear correctly-fitting safety products not only for their overall comfort but safety too.

With this in mind, the firm’s new product has modified all sizes and introduced a medium size vest for smaller sailors, ensuring every person on the team has a bespoke vest.

Julien Cressant, sailor and rescue diver for Artemis, said: ‘Working with Crewsaver & Survitec on this project has given us the opportunity to take our buoyancy aid technology to the next level, throughout this project Crewsaver haven’t stood still, instead, together, we have step by step refine and refined again every aspect of our buoyancy aid designs to ensure the team are fully equipped to meet the needs of this new era of high performance sailing.’