We are delighted to announce our support of the incredible rowing feat currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean.
Proud sponsors of Benno Rawlinson on the 8-man ‘Trade Winds 2013’ crew, it’s our men’s silk-mix Tanga briefs that are keeping him comfortable throughout 30 days of high winds, low temperatures and gruelling exercise.
The crew are taking on the challenge of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, from Gran Canaria to Barbados, in under 30 days. With a purpose built boat, Avalon; an ocean rowing world record holding captain, Leven Brown; and a strong crew that includes ocean and river rowers, ultra runners, and adventurers, they aim to beat the current record, which stands at 32 days. Take a peek at this video from their Sea Trials.
In wildly fluctuating temperatures, almost constantly wet from sweat and seawater, a gruelling schedule of 2 hours rowing/2 hours resting for the entire journey, we’re glad Benno didn’t neglect to consider his underwear when choosing their equipment.
Silk is a popular base layer in outdoor sports, and we supply silk thermals and underwear to many runners, skiers and mountain bikers. As a natural fibre, silk is temperature regulating, and wicks sweat away from the body. Combine these properties with a fine knit and carefully made seams, and you avoid the chafing and sore, itchy skin that often occurs when you wear other materials next to your skin.
Benno was enthusiastic about the briefs we sent him: “I am seriously looking forward to using the Patra silk underwear. Having to row for long periods of time put stresses on the body and having the right clothing is incredibly important. The soft, lightweight and breathable silk will make the journey more comfortable for longer and help us towards breaking the world record.”
We wish Benno and the team the best of luck! You can read more about the crew on the Ocean Rowing Events website