Trophies and sponsors are not a dime a dozen, yet Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn have amassed a big collection already this year. They got the nod from Reebok Canada when they landed on the dock in Montego Bay, after being first in class and third in fleet in the Pineapple Cup aboard Vela Veloce, Richard Orland’s Southern Cross 52.
Said Bernard Cote, Reebok Canada’s Associate Marketing Manager, “Reebok Canada is extremely happy to form an association with the Clarke/Bjorn Sailing Team. Reebok is not a manufacturer of sailing equipment or apparel, but we as a brand recognize the importance of helping athletes outside of their own discipline. Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn are athletes who hit the gym and train several times a week, just as any other sports team would. We recognize their efforts and believe our partnership will help the team with its short and long term goals.”
Tyler Bjorn commented on the Reebok affiliation, “We are surrounded with high quality people, and we wouldn’t have been able to achieve so much as a team without the fantastic support of our sponsors. The affiliation with Reebok completes one more piece of the puzzle. We’re thrilled.”
Sporting his red Reebok Play Dry Polo, Richard Clarke said, “We are more than halfway through our 90-day sailing marathon, yet we are still on land and in the gym a lot of the time. We’re very happy with Magic Marine’s technical gear when we are sailing and it’s great to be able to change into comfortable, good-looking clothing when we’re on shore. We are outfitted with the latest from Reebok, including ZIGTECH, ‘the energy drink for your feet.’”
After completing a practice session off of Marina del Rey aboard the Open 60, O Canada, where Clarke is the helmsman and Bjorn is the grinder/trimmer, the Clarke/Bjorn Sailing Team jetted to Antigua for Vela Veloce’s Monday, February 21st start in the RORC Caribbean 600.