Innovative Cornish fleeces to be used by Orca Sea Safaris

23 July — 1 December 2007

Fleeces made in St Agnes using fabrics worn by the British Mountain Rescue Team have been bought for the new Orca Sea Safaris team in Falmouth.

Finisterre was founded by Tom Kay about four years ago with the help of the Prince's Trust and will be supplying their Frontal fleeces to the company for use on the purpose-built wildlife-spotting rigid inflatable boat -Seaquest.

Tom said he is delighted to be working with Cornwall Ferries to supply both the Orca Sea Safaris team and Seaquests' passengers with the fleeces.

"The Frontal fabric combinations were developed to be insulating, durable and weather resistant. We have taken the principles of layering and put them into one uncompromising garment, dedicated to retaining body heat and maintaining core warmth. Quality takes time - the original Finisterre product is now five years in the making, and has become a beacon of performance in bad weather.

"This is our original product and was designed for surfers when they came out of the sea in February. The brand is a vehicle for our passions - surfing, technical product and the environment. As surfers, we have an inescapable relationship with the ocean, the direct result being a lifelong responsibility to this environment. As a result we were the first UK company to give a percentage of our profits to the Conservation of the Natural Marine Environment and last year we were the first European surf brand to become members of 1% For the Planet - a global initiative whose members contribute at least 1% of their annual revenues to groups on a list researched and approved environmental organisations.

"The last few years have seen us working very closely with scientists from Leeds and Bath universities - some of the leading textile departments in the world. This has meant that ou new range, which is out ths September, is made up from 80% of recycled materials and performs to the highest of standards. Some of the products are made from fabrics worn by the Special Forces and British Mountain Rescue Teams," Tom added.
Tim Light, managing director of Cornwall Ferries, who recently took over Orca Sea Safaris, said: "We are looking forward to putting Finisterre's clothing to the test. The previous team on Seaquest used the fleeces and spoke very highly of them, so we are delighted to be carrying on that good relationship and help a local company continue to thrive in such a competitive environment."