Newport-based Lemon & Line has announced that they have been chosen as an official accessory for the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race.

Partnering with preeminent European rope manufacturer Gottifredi Maffioli, the line supplier for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, and Musto, the event’s official kit supplier, Lemon & Line will manufacture the Official Volvo Ocean Race Bracelet from its headquarters in downtown Newport and make the product available at each of the 13 global stopovers as well as through the online shopping portal of the Volvo Ocean Race website. The first shipment has been sent to Alicante, Spain, where the race village is now open for Leg One on October 22, 2017.

“As a lifelong racer and sailor, this partnership represents everything I’ve been working for,” says David Norton, founder of Lemon & Line. “We’ve been at this for seven years. From day one we have remained committed and connected to our sport. This is our opportunity to solidify our market position in partnership with one of the most recognizable elite-level sailing events.”

“We’re just doing what we do best,” Norton adds. “We’re crafting incredible, authentic, products in the sailing capital of the world and we’re able to reach across oceans uniting sailors from all over with the same passion. Simply incredible.”

For more information on Lemon & Line, visit www.lemonandline.com.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).