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by Bob Carter on 21 Aug 2012
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In the world of offshore yacht racing, they don’t get any bigger or more successful than Wild Oats XI. This is a Super Maxi yacht, launched in 2005, which has contested the Sydney to Hobart seven times, taking line honour wins five times already.

Rated as one of the fastest and best of its class in the world, Wild Oats XI has achieved an exceptional race profile by adopting only the very best products and practices in every facet of the sport of ocean racing.

This even extends to the PFDs worn by crew aboard both the Wild Oats XI and the mini maxi, Wild Oats X. The management at Wild Oats determined that they needed to keep crew safety right up to date with the latest technology, so purchased 40 Crewsaver 190 PFDs from the Survitec Group in Sydney.

'We were already using the Survitec Group to service some of our gear on Wild Oats,' crew manager John Hildebrand said. 'As Survitec are agents for Crewsaver, we took a close look at these PFDs.'

'The Crewsaver PFDs have a well deserved reputation for being a world class PFD. Our research proved that these PFDs are perfectly suited to our ocean racing needs.'

Already the Wild Oats crew members are glowing about their new inventory of Crewsaver 190 PFDs. These are light and compact. In a sport where weight and time are key performance measures, the light weight of the PFD together with the ease with which they can be donned and removed, rate very high.

And in spite of the Crewsaver 190 being a one size fits all type PFD, the Wild Oats crew have noted that the cut of the jacket is generous. These PFDs need to be worn on the outside of wet weather ocean racing gear, so it is important that the crew don’t feel constrained while wearing their Crewsaver PFD.

One of the key attributes of the Crewsaver 190 PFD is the low profile fit around the neck. This is an area where other jackets can chafe or can be bulky and uncomfortable. In this respect the crew of Wild Oats rate the Crewsaver 190 PFD a standout winner.

'We are delighted that the Wild Oats crew has selected the Crewsaver 190 PFD for both their ocean racing boats,' said Mark Barker, Managing Director of the Survitec Group.

'The Crewsaver PFDs are world class products. As an off-the-shelf product they are used by weekend family boaters and obviously the crew of Wild Oats. We supplied our standard Crewsaver 190 PFDs to Wild Oats, this is exactly the same product that is sold through marine retailers throughout Australia.'

Survitec Group in Australia (RFD Australia Pty Ltd) is primarily involved in the supply, service and project management of marine, fire, life support and gas control equipment to Government Departments and major corporations in the region. In the marine segment Survitec Group services recreational boating as well as the defence, shipping and aviation industries. Major brands distributed include: RFD, Toyo, DSB, Lifeguard, Beaufort, Plastimo, Kannad Marine, Comet, Hammar and Compact.

For further information contact:

Mark Barker
Managing Director
Survitec Group
Ph: (02) 9330 7000
Website www.rfd.com.au
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