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Burgerstein Vitamine to support Swiss IMOCA team Oliver Heer



On 1st August 2022, Swiss health company Burgerstein Vitamine signed a partnership deal with Oliver Heer Ocean Racing, to support the team and their campaign for the next three races in 2022, as they work towards the 2024 Vendee Globe Race and securing a title sponsorship. 


The Company Antistress AG - producer of the Burgerstein products,was founded by Dr. Lothar Burgerstein, together with his son Uli Burgerstein, in 1972 and has been developing and manufacturing micronutrients for over 50 years. The company understands that health is the greatest gift in life, and their products help support and promote a healthy, active and carefree life.


In 2022 the company is now a 3rd generation Swiss managed enterprise, headquartered in Rapperswil, Switzerland at the lake of Zurich, under the management of Tanja Zimmerman-Burgerstein, the daughter and granddaughter of the founders.


“My family has a passion for water sports, especially sailing. My father was a great sailor and passed his love for wind and the sea on to me. In the past, Burgerstein Vitamine has supported several sailing teams, starting way back when Alinghi was participating in the America’s Cup in Valencia. More recently we have supported local regattas and teams on the lake of Zurich. We are so proud to sponsor offshore sailor Ollie Heer from the beginning of this very exciting journey.”


Tanja Zimmerman-Burgerstein – CEO Burgerstein Vitamine


"Burgerstein products are a combination of nature, quality and science."

The Swiss family business has over 80 products with micro-nutrients and secondary plant substances and carries a product line with probiotics in the Swiss home market. The composition and ingredients are optimally matched to the needs of the body, so that the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients arrive in the right quantity, at the right time and in the right place in the body.


As a successful Swiss business, Burgerstein Vitamine has strong social and ecological commitments and is proud to be a climate neutral company.


By supporting teams and individual athletes and working together with the respective trainers and sports physicians, Burgerstein create the best possible conditions for athletes to achieve top performance. The close contact and the lively exchange of experience in this network is exciting and gives the company the opportunity to provide individual and optimal advice according to the latest findings of sports and nutrition science.



The Burgerstein Commitment

Burgerstein has the trust of over 300 Swiss athletes, and partners and supports, coaches and Olympic doctors who look after the training programs of Swiss-Ski, Swiss Triathlon, the Rapperswil Jona Lakers Ice-Hockey team and the Swiss Tennis association as well as many individual athletes. Oliver Heer will now join the program and work closely with Burgerstein Vitamine to see how their product can support his fitness training and his mental endurance.


 

“When Sailing offshore, it is very important to prepare and look after myself both physically and mentally. I am very happy to count on our partner Burgerstein Vitamine, and use their products and expertise to stay fit and healthy as part of my daily routine. To have the financial support of Burgerstein Vitamine until the end of the year, takes the pressure off and allows us to keep sailing, keep developing as a team and keep working towards securing a title sponsor”


Oliver Heer, Skipper




 
Oliver Heer Ocean Racing

Oliver Heer Ocean Racing is a startup IMOCA team looking to participate in the 2024 Vendee Globe race. Led by 34 year old Swiss skipper Oliver Heer, the team have recently purchased the 2007 IMOCA “Gitana 80” which came 13th in the 2020 edition of the infamous race.


Ollie grew up in Rapperswil, on the lake of Zurich and has been sailing competitively all his life. He became a serious offshore contender in 2018, when he joined Alex Thomson’s team onboard the IMOCA 60 HUGO BOSS as Boat Captain and in 2021, competed as co-skipper with Alex Thomson in the double-handed Rolex Fastnet Race which was also Ollie’s debut in the IMOCA Globe Series. 




Ollie has sailed over 50’000 nautical miles together with Alex onboard the IMOCA yachts and has navigated a steep learning curve, giving him not only superior technical boat know-how but also an in-depth first hand experience of how to sail IMOCA yachts competitively offshore.


The first race for Oliver Heer Ocean Racing starts on Sunday 7th August and is a 1850 mile fully crewed race  Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland, starting and finishing off the Isle of Wight, Cowes UK. On board will be the IMOCA skipper Oliver Heer, supported by up and coming single handed figaro sailor Patrick Hutchings and Meteorologist and Navigator Libby Greenhalgh. The team will also sail with on board reporter Paddy Condy from PKC media who will film and photograph the race. You can follow Ollie and the teams progress here: http://yb.tl/rbni2022


The Oliver Heer Ocean Racing team will be back in France competing at the Defi Azimut Regatta in Lorient in September and then Oliver will take up his role as single handed skipper as he sails his first solo race competing on his 60ft IMOCA on the “Route Du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe”which starts in St. Malo France on Sunday 6th November. 


Apart from delivering a solid performance when sailing, the team is working towards securing suitable funding and title partnership for the campaign, and at the same time wants to make a difference. 


As a wind-powered sport, ocean racing is intrinsically linked with positive conversations about sustainability, climate change and environmental preservation. The team will carry the tag #RaceForChange and wants to influence behavioural changes in society that can contribute to protecting the planet for future generations. The team will deliver a climate neutral campaign, and collaborate with leading Swiss scientific partners and research institutes to carry an Ocean sensor aboard the yacht to collect valuable environmental data to help further understand the systems driving our planet’s climate.

To find out more about Oliver Heer Ocean Racing and the team, and how to support the campaign, please visit www.oliverheer.com




About Oliver Heer Ocean Racing

Oliver Heer Ocean Racing, was established in April 2022, to become a global IMOCA 60 sailing team, with Swiss roots. Managed and skippered by 34 year old Oliver Heer. The objective is to compete in the 2024 Vendee Globe, the solo, non-stop, unassisted round the world race, that takes place every four years. The next edition starts in November 2024. The management headquarters are based in Zurich, Switzerland, where Oliver was born. The skipper has a wife and home in the Hamble, UK and a French registered IMOCA sailing out of Port La Foret in Brittany, France.


The race program for 2022 is:

  • Round Britain and Ireland Race – August

  • Defi Azimut, Lorient France – September

  • Route Du Rhum, ST Malo to Guadeloupe – November


As well as racing, the team is working towards securing suitable funding and title partnership for the campaign, but also wants to make a difference. As a wind-powered sport ocean racing is intrinsically linked with positive conversations about sustainability, climate change and environmental preservation. The team will carry the tag #RaceForChange and wants to influence behavioural changes in society that can contribute to protecting the planet for future generations.



For further information please contact:

Theresa Heer

+44 7779 596275

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