Bollé sunglasses sponsor GAC Pindar sailing team

March 21, 2012

Bollé’s Marine Collection has been thoroughly road tested by the RYA’s Skandia Team GBR in the build up to 2012.  It is designed to give the ultimate clarity, protection and comfort in the harsh and unforgiving sailing environment.  Using the latest optical technologies, embedded polarization and anti-reflective coatings eliminate distracting glare, and a hydrophobic coating repels spray, helping sailors’ see the breeze on the water.

Ian Williams comments, “We spend a vast amount of time on and around the water each year, in all varieties of weather from harsh, bright light in the tropics to flat light and rain.  As professional sailors, it is vital to both protect our eyes for the long term, and to ensure that our eyewear enhances our race performance.  Bollé are technically superior and having a dedicated Marine range and a revolutionary prescription service, makes them a perfect partner for the GAC Pindar sailing team.” 

Andrew Grose, Managing Director of Bollé says, “We are proud to be associated with the GAC Pindar sailing team, competing at the highest level.  Our Marine Collection is specifically designed to meet the on water challenges of harsh glare, poor visibility and of course, fast crew action.  All our impact resistant Marine lenses are encased in light-weight, highly durable frames with Thermogrip® nose pads and temple tips, to ensure they stay in place during high speed manoeuvres and sail hoists. We look forwards to supporting the Team throughout 2012.”

“Clear vision is what you need in business and every bit as much so in the business of sailing” comments Team Principal, Andrew Pindar. 

“The GAC Pindar sailing team are thrilled to be using the very latest in sunglasses for their 2012 campaigns.  Often racing in difficult conditions ranging from strong sunlight to sea mist, as they compete for the World championships, the team need to sure they have the clearest view and best eye protection.  With the support of Bollé they've got it in one.”


Photo Credit Mark Lloyd,

Bollé are Official Suppliers to the RYA’s Skandia Team GBR sailing team, providing the team with Marine sunglasses in their bid for medals in 2012 at Weymouth.

The Bollé Marine Collection offers two types of lens, the Offshore Blue for harsh light conditions and Inland Gold lens for lower light conditions.  See the marine lens simulator.

Bollé’s highly popular prescription service ‘B-ThinActive’ offers the widest prescription range in the world in wraparound frames (+6.00 to -8.00)  with lenses up to 70% thinner and 45% lighter than standard lenses. The lenses are also available in a choice of polycarbonate or Trivex®.

Bollé delivers the highest quality sunglasses and goggles for performance and protection. Bollé are constantly refining their trademark combination of fit, fashion, and comfort, resulting in some of the freshest and most technologically advanced eyewear in the industry.

The Bollé story began in the small town of Oyonnax, France in 1888. There Seraphim Bollé started his company by first manufacturing combs and hair ornaments from the boxwood and horn indigenous to the region. After WWII, Bollé led the way in moulding nylon to the highest standards in the world. Safety glasses and goggles were added to the Bollé line in 1950 and in 1956 Georges Bollé created the famous nylon 'cat-eye' sunglass. And in 1960, ski goggles were first marketed by Bollé. Leading the industry in product innovations, the Bollé family took the business from a small cottage industry to one of the world's most prominent manufa