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Henry Bomby gets Figaro campaign backing from Mitch Tonks' Rockfish restaurant

Friday May 24th 2013, Author: Sam Joseph, Location: none selected

Figaro sailor Henry Bomby's boat for this season will be named after Mitch Tonks’ award-winning Seafood & Chip restaurants, RockFish. The celebrity chef has supported 22-year-old Bombby for several years, but this title sponsorship is taking his backing to a new level.

Tonks commented: “Henry has to be the most driven, committed, enthusiastic, charming young man I have met, he is an inspiration to be around. It was his charisma, ability and belief that led us at the Seahorse and RockFish to want to sponsor his solo sail round Britain a few years ago and we have been closely following his progress since. This latest challenge on the Figaro circuit is seriously hard work and requires determination and support. He is an inspiration to those around him and we are so proud to be involved.”

Tonks and Bomby met in Dartmouth back in 2010 when they both sailed Contessa 26s. Tonks’ growing business means he has less and less time to spend on the water, but having contact with Henry inspires him to keep sailing. It’s a relationship that he hopes will last a lifetime.

Bomby commented: “Raising sponsorship and the funding to compete this year has been a real struggle, so to have the support of Mitch and RockFish has made a huge difference to my campaign. RockFish is a growing brand in the South West of England, and an exciting one too and we have many exciting ideas to help activate the sponsorship once the racing in France and the Solitaire is over, I can't wait to be working with his team again and am looking forward to the year's racing ahead.”

Bomby, a graduate of the Cowes-based Artemis Offshore Academy is currently in France ahead of the month-long Solitaire du Figaro race. The first leg starts in Bordeaux on 2 June where he will be one of 41 skippers racing single-handed on identical Figaro II boats. Once the race is over he will be sailing back to Dartmouth to thank all his local supporters and help Tonks launch his latest RockFish restaurant in Plymouth.

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