Forward WIP partners with New Zealand SailGP Team

FORWARD WIP is proud to announce its partnership with the New Zealand SailGP Team as the official Athlete Safety Supplier for SailGP Season 2.

Forward WIP supplies the New Zealand SailGP Team with Impact Vests and Helmets.

The New Zealand SailGP Team has joined SailGP for its inaugural season, and the team brings an impressive range of skill and experience including six defending America’s Cup champions and five Olympic sailors.

SailGP features eight national teams battling in short, intense races at iconic venues across the globe. The high-tech, high-speed action features the sport’s best athletes racing in identical, supercharged F50 catamarans, flying at electrifying speeds of nearly 100 km/h. With such intense speeds, it is crucial the New Zealand SailGP Team gets the best protective gear available.

The Forward WIP Impact Vest has become a must-have protection device for elite athletes at the pinnacle of the sport. Selected by several America’s Cup teams and now used by the New Zealand SailGP Team, it features high-density foam combined with a low profile windage design and multi-pocket setup.
The Forward WIP X-Over Helmet, EN1077 approved, features advanced technology with its in-moulded micro-shell bringing superior shock absorption whilst also being ultra-light. Thanks to the many hours of wind tunnel testing, Forward WIP has significantly improved the aerodynamics whilst reducing noise at high speed.

Forward WIP is looking forward to working with the New Zealand SailGP Team which presents an exciting opportunity to develop new equipment. If performance in protection remains Forward WIP’s primary focus, sustainability is its key concern as the organisation is actively looking at new eco- friendly protection solutions for 2022.

About Forward WIP

Since its creaation in 2015, Forward WIP has made its name in the world of FOil, the new queen disipline that has revolutionised compeditive and amateur boating. Flying on the water at over 30 km/h offers new sensations and ever=higher performance. The need  to protect yourself at these speeds is obvious, as falls can lead to serious trauma.

Forward WIP has become the undisputed leader in protectice equipment for all disciplinces (foiling catamarans, windfoil, kitefoil, wingfoil, etc). The repuation has been forged thanks to the qualityu and relevance of our products whech are used by a long list of professional athletes! Glenn Ashby, Billy Besson and Loick Peyron... 3 world sailing stars who trust Forward WIP.

Being at the forefront requires constant questioning. Our team of engineers, riders, and testers gather the skills and passion required to develop the products of the future.

Our mission is to offer optimal protection for both professionals and amateurs and allow them to go beyond their limits, freeing their minds from potential injuries.

About SailGP

SailGP races for a better future, championing a world powered by nature. The
sport’s pinnacle league, SailGP features national teams battling in short, intense races at iconic stadium-style venues across the globe, building to the grand final – and sailing’s top prize of US$1 million. The high-tech, high-speed action features sailing’s best athletes racing in identical supercharged F50 catamarans, flying at electrifying speeds exceeding 60 mph/100 kph. Visit for more information.