Xerox (NYSE: XRX), the world’s leading enterprise for business process and document management, is a Fleet Sponsor for the 40,000-mile Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. As a Clipper Global Business Partner, Xerox also provides the printing technology and services to manage and deliver thousands of pages of documents critical for the race.
“The Clipper Race is the longest global ocean event of its kind and one of the truly great sporting challenges. Through our sponsorship, we’re using Xerox people, products and services to help the race organizers navigate the unpredictability of pulling off an event of this scale,” said Darrell Minards, head of Marketing Communications, Xerox Europe. “Supporting the Clipper Race helps us demonstrate Xerox’s capabilities, showcase our brand, and engage with our customers.”
With almost 500 crew taking part, 15 stopovers on six continents, and a fleet of racing yachts to maintain over the course of nearly a year, Xerox will support the race by helping to deliver Clipper’s global publications – from newsletters to international sales documents.
The race will set off from the Southampton on 31 July with each of its ten stripped down ocean racing yachts carrying the Xerox brand. The race’s route will take the fleet toRio de Janeiro,Cape Town, the west and east coasts ofAustralia,New Zealand,Singapore,Qingdao,California,New York,Nova Scotia, Derry-Londonderry and theNetherlands. The race returns to theU.K.on 22 July 2012.
The race was established 15 years ago by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the world. Its objective is to give ordinary people the chance to do something truly extraordinary. To date more than 3,000 men and women from all walks of life have made the race a turning point in their lives.
Sir Robin says, “Not only does the race change the lives of the crew who take part, but it also delivers a powerful platform at ports of call around the world where our sponsors and partners can network together to develop international trade, promote tourism and celebrate culture.
“This new partnership with Xerox will ensure that our publications will be seamlessly delivered allowing the Race Team to focus on what we know will be an exciting race. Meanwhile, Xerox will be benefiting from the branding and hospitality aspects of the race, using the partnership for strengthening client relationships and team building.”
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The Clipper Race
Clipper 11-12 will be the eighth edition of the biennial event operated by Clipper Ventures Plc. The race was established by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to give everyone, regardless of sailing experience, the opportunity to experience the exhilaration of ocean racing. More than 500 people representing more than 40 nations will compete in Clipper 11-12. The only qualification for the race is the minimum age of 18 – there is no upper age limit.
About Clipper Ventures Plc
More than 40 years have gone by since SirRobin Knox-Johnston's record breaking solo and non-stop circumnavigation in 1968-69. Now, as Chairman of Clipper Ventures Plc, he is at the forefront of promoting round the world yacht racing. Clipper Ventures, the marine events company founded in 1995, is focused on developing and promoting major events capable of attracting significant participation, income, media coverage and associated sponsorship revenue. Sir Robin founded the company on the premise that sailing should be made available to everyone, creating the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in which anyone, regardless of age or experience, can take part. More than 2,000 people have now competed in the seven races to date. The company also owns the rights to the VELUX 5 OCEANS race and runs successful events and training divisions.
Xerox Corporation is a $22 billion leading global enterprise for business process and document management. Through its broad portfolio of technology and services, Xerox provides the essential back-office support that clears the way for clients to focus on what they do best: their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Xerox provides leading-edge document technology, services, software and genuine Xerox supplies for graphic communication and office printing environments of any size. Through ACS, A Xerox Company, which Xerox acquired in February 2010, Xerox also offers extensive business process outsourcing and IT outsourcing services, including data processing, HR benefits management, finance support, and customer relationship management services for commercial and government organizations worldwide. The 134,000 people of Xerox serve clients in more than 160 countries. For more information, visit http://www.xerox.com, http://news.xerox.com, http://www.realbusiness.com or http://www.acs-inc.com. For investor information, visit http://www.xerox.com/investor.
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