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Bollé sponsor sportsboat circuit and Dartmouth Week


April 23, 2012

Bollé sunglasses focus on eye protection with the SB3 circuit and Dartmouth Week 2012

Bollé sunglasses are announcing two additional sponsorships, to benefit competitors’ in both the SB3 2012 circuit and at this years’ Dartmouth Sailing Week, the second largest keelboat regatta in the UK after Cowes Week.

Bollé’s sponsorship means that competitors in the SB3 Scottish Championships (part of  the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series), the SB3 National Championships at Weymouth, and all keelboat classes at Dartmouth Week, will have the opportunity to win sunglasses from the Bollé polarized Marine Collection. 

These announcements complete a programme of sponsorships for 2012, ranging from the popular RS FEVA youth class, the RS 200 and RS 400 Northern Tour, GAC Pindar sailing team, through to Official supplier to the RYA’s Skandia Team GBR in the Olympic and Paralympic classes.  The Team have thoroughly ‘road tested’ the Marine range over the last three seasons.

Andrew Grose, managing director of Bollé says, “We are expanding our sponsorships to help promote our message of the importance of good eye protection, and extend the benefits to a wide range of competitive sailors across the UK, in addition to the British Sailing Team.  Racing sailors spend long periods afloat, dealing with harsh, bright conditions and dull, flat light.  It’s crucially important to protect your eyes in all conditions to prevent long-term eye damage. 

Taking your sunglasses off is similar to not wearing sunscreen – your eyes are vulnerable!   Our Marine lenses are designed to repel water and eliminate glare to ensure sailors can keep their ‘sunnies’ on in spite of spray. Plus, the frames have soft Thermogrip® nose pads and temple tips to keep them in place, so sailors can focus on their boat handling and sail changes, rather than keeping their sunglasses on their face!”

Christopher Smith, Sponsorship Secretary of the Dartmouth Royal Regatta sailing committee says, “It’s tremendous for us to have a major brand such as Bollé associated with Dartmouth Week.  It really helps add value for our competitors with high quality and high value prizes.  Plus, it helps our credibility when talking to other potential sponsors.”

Katie Ashworth, Secretary of the UK SB3 Class Association says, "Bollé have supported the SB3 fleet for a number of years and we're absolutely delighted that they have agreed to sponsor the Inlands, Scottish Champs and the Nationals this year. Bollé have provided us with some fantastic prizes and I know that the winners will enjoy their sunnies on, and off, the water....now let's hope that the British summer serves up some sunshine!”

NOTES TO EDITORS:
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.

Bolle’s highly popular prescription service ‘B-ThinActive design’ now provides 99% of those who wear glasses with their lenses fitted in Bollé sunglasses. 

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 ind