VELUX Renews Title Sponsorship of VELUX 5 OCEANS

    LA ROCHELLE, France, Sept. 19 /CNW/ -

    Following a Successful Partnership in 2006/07, The VELUX Group Renews
Title Sponsorship in 2010.

    The VELUX Group, the world leader in the manufacture of roof windows and
skylights, announced today the renewal of its title sponsorship of the VELUX 5
OCEANS, a 30,000 mile around the world solo sailing race that is regarded as
the longest and toughest event for any individual in any sport.
    "Our sponsorship of the 2006/07 race confirmed for us that this event is
symbolic of VELUX key values - daylight and fresh air - and that the
sponsorship also matches our strategic and commercial objectives," said
Michael Rasmussen, CMO for VELUX, from the Grand Pavois Boat Show. "The gross
value of the worldwide media exposure we received in 2006/07 was in excess of
60 million Euros. In relation to the total cost of sponsorship, this was
highly favourable."
    The VELUX Group, and the race's British promoter, Clipper Ventures Plc,
have not disclosed the amount of the sponsorship agreement, but the investment
has significantly increased from the previous race. The increase is a sign
both of the overall value of the sponsorship and of the ambition both partners
have made to continuously lift the profile and interest of the race both on a
local and international level.
    "We saw a notable increase in brand awareness among our key markets and
an overall increase in brand equity during and after the 2006/07 race," said
Michael Rasmussen. "The sponsorship has also helped create a sense of team
spirit among our employees, who are spread around the globe in more than 40
markets in five continents."
    Through the course of the VELUX 5 OCEANS, skippers cross five oceans
alone, starting in Europe and then sailing to Asia, Australia and the United
States before returning to the finish in Europe. Along the way, they face the
most treacherous and legendary waters on the planet. The extreme demands
placed on the competitors are highlighted in the fact that fewer people have
sailed solo around the world than have climbed Mt. Everest or journeyed to
    "We are delighted to announce the ongoing sponsorship by VELUX for the 5
OCEANS asset," said William Ward, CEO of Clipper Ventures PLC, listed on the
AIM market in London (CLV:LN). "Now with three years to prepare for the next
race, and a productive and positive relationship already established between
Clipper and VELUX, the potential to develop the VELUX 5 OCEANS further is huge
and we have high ambitions for the future of this great event."
    VELUX and Clipper Ventures will now work together to outline the exact
format and timeframe of the next VELUX 5 OCEANS, which will start in either
France or Spain in autumn 2010. A Race Advisory Board, composed of sponsors
and previous competitors such as Alex Thomson, Derek Hatfield and Bernard
Stamm has been established to provide recommendations for the continued
development of the Ultimate Solo Challenge.
    The details about the race route, stopover points and new features to the
race are being finalised in the coming months and will be announced in early
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    About The VELUX Group

    VELUX creates better living environments with daylight and fresh air
through the roof. Our product programme contains a wide range of roof windows
and skylights, along with solutions for flat roofs. In addition, VELUX offers
many types of decoration and sun screening, roller shutters, installation
products, products for remote control and thermal solar panels for
installation in roofs. VELUX, which has manufacturing companies in 10
countries and sales companies in more than 40 countries, is one of the
strongest brands in the global building materials sector and its products are
sold in most parts of the world. The VELUX Group has around 9,500 employees
and is owned by VKR Holding A/S. VKR Holding A/S is a limited company wholly
owned by foundations and family. For more details, visit

For further information:

For further information: Lone Ellersgaard, VELUX A/S, +45-4516-4818,

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