Fields find a Global Ocean Race backer

Bill Buckley's New Zealand-based engineering company leaps in

Thursday August 4th 2011, Author: Ollie Dewar, Location: New Zealand

New Zealand’s father-and-son duo of Ross and Campbell Field have secured title sponsorship from yachtsman Bill Buckley’s company, BSL, for the double-handed, Class40, Global Ocean Race 2011-12.

Ross and Campbell Field are the only father and son campaign and only New Zealand team in the GOR and both have significant yachting experience including multiple circumnavigations; offshore and inshore race victories and a number of world and national level championships. Ross’s success has secured two Whitbread Round-the-World Race wins; the first as a watch captain for the late Sir Peter Blake on Steinlager 2 and the second as skipper on the Whitbread 60 Yamaha in 1993-4.

Field and Buckley have raced together numerous times in the past on board the New Zealand super maxi Maximus that Buckley co-owns and the duo are looking forward to collaborating again. “Having sailed with Ross, I have absolute faith in his ability to propel New Zealand and the BSL brand onto the world yachting stage,” says Buckley. “BSL is an innovative company, leading the world in its field and to be part of an innovative father and son, Kiwi team is something I am proud of."

For Ross, the benefits of having BSL on board as a sponsor are not purely financial as the company’s involvement realises his dream of being a fully-supported, equipped and competitive New Zealand team. “The Global Ocean Race is an incredible event and to do it with my son and with Bill and BSL on board, flying the NZ flag is just magic.”

BSL is a privately owned New Zealand company specialising in the manufacture and supply of precision electro magnets to over 85 per cent of the world’s silicon chip market.

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