Boating Business | QRS helps reefing

QRS HELPS REEFING

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THE RUTGERSON SNATCH BLOCK CAN BE USED ON ALMOST ANY BLOCK APPLICATION ON A BOAT OR SAIL

THE RUTGERSON QUICK REEF SOLUTION MAKES IT EASIER TO REEF SAILS

THE RUTGERSON SNATCH BLOCK CAN BE USED ON ALMOST ANY BLOCK APPLICATION ON A BOAT OR SAIL

THE RUTGERSON QUICK REEF SOLUTION MAKES IT EASIER TO REEF SAILS

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23 Nov 2020

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Swedish boat fitting manufacturer Rutgerson Marin has taken on the challenge of making sails easier to reef with the launch of a Quick Reef Solution (QRS).

The product consists of two parts of a low-friction ring that are screwed together on each side of a super ring and the sail cloth.

“This makes it childishly simple and quick to install on the sail since no tools at all are required,” said Rutgerson MD, Charlotte Rutgerson. “The large radius together with a unique Teflon coated hard anodizing gives very low friction for the line and is gentler on the sail.”

She added: “We love figuring out technical solutions that solve several difficulties at the same time and that lead to new products that are easy and fun to use.

“It is extra fun that the new product QRS is a complement to our existing product The Super Ring.”

Other product features include weight centralised on the sail compared to blocks that have been webbed on one side of the sail.

The company has also introduced its first openable block, the Rutgerson Snatch Block (RBS) that can be used on almost any block application on a boat or sail such as barber, hauler, genoa line.

The block is designed with a Rutgerson Low Friction Ring and a Dyneema loop making it suitable for low load high speed or high load low speed applications.

The block has a high working load and is designed with no loose parts. The low friction ring is anodised with a hard-coat and Teflon-impregnated anodisation with low friction properties.

The Dyneema loop has a diamond knot, developed in-house to generate twice the strength to the loop shackle compared to a standard diamond knot shackle with the same line dimension.

The products will be available from January 1, 2021.

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Boating Business | Holly is the new staff skipper

HOLLY IS THE NEW STAFF SKIPPERHOMENEWSPEOPLEHOLLY IS THE NEW STAFF SKIPPER30 Nov 2020EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintHolly Vint has progressed from youth crew to staff skipper. Photo credit Ben Wood Ocean Youth Trust SouthINDUSTRY DATABASEOCEAN YOUTH TRUST SOUTHOcean Youth Trust South has appointed Holly Vint as staff skipper for the charity’s sail training vessel Prolific.Holly will take over from Peta Koczy who, after four years with OYT South, is moving on to a new adventure.Holly’s first-ever sailing experience was as a teenage crew member with Ocean Youth Trust South in 2012, making her the first person to have progressed from youth crew to staff skipper with the charity.“When I first joined a sail training voyage as a teenager, I never dreamed that one day I would be returning as staff skipper,” says Holly. “In the last couple of years, I have done lots of sailing with adults and had some great times, but I am so excited to get back to full-time sail training with young people.

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Boating Business | Marlow Ropes to supply SailGP raceboats

MARLOW ROPES TO SUPPLY SAILGP RACEBOATS

HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSMARLOW ROPES TO SUPPLY SAILGP RACEBOATS

16 Nov 2020

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Marlow’s environmentally friendly ropes will be used on board the SailGP fleet

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MARLOW ROPES LTD

SailGP has collaborated with rope manufacturer Marlow Ropes.

Marlow will serve as official rope supplier with its ropes onboard SailGP’s race boats through to 2022.

Marlow Ropes will supply SailGP with high-performing lines from its new eco-conscious ranges, including the bio-based Dyneema fiber for use onboard the high-speed F50 foiling catamarans and Blue Ocean dock lines made from 100% recycled waste from plastic bottles to aid docking.

“Not only is Marlow Ropes an industry leader, but they share our passion for sustainable innovation,” said SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts. “Their products provide the impeccable quality needed to help power our race boats, and they are achieving that in an environmentally responsible manner.

“This is a key part of the marine industry’s future and we’re proud to help promote the acceleration of change through this important partnership.”

Performance

Marlow’s Blue Ocean dock lines provide an eco-alternative to standard polyester ropes, while still offering strength and stretch performance.

The rope is made from yarn manufactured from recycled waste plastic bottles, with 7.5 bottles incorporated in every metre of Blue Ocean dock line.

Marlow’s Bio-based Dyneema fibre has identical technical characteristics and performance as conventional Dyneema, but has a reduced reliance on fossil fuels, using products from waste in the pulp and timber industry as its primary raw material.

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Boating Business | Sip and puff sailor to take part in the ARC

SIP AND PUFF SAILOR TO TAKE PART IN THE ARC

HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSSIP AND PUFF SAILOR TO TAKE PART IN THE ARC

16 Nov 2020

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Natasha Lambert and her father Gary plot the navigation for her ARC challenge

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B&G UK

B&G is supporting disabled sailor and adventurer Natasha Lambert in her latest challenge, the ARC 2020.

Natasha began sailing at age nine, and despite being born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy has since been enduring various challenges and pushing herself to the limit and raise money for charity.

Her Bavaria Nautitech Open 46 – Blown Away – is fitted with a full B&G system including Zeus3, Triton² instrument displays, NAC3 autopilot computer, H90 radio with AIS and H50 handheld radio.

Natasha’s father, Gary, has developed a sip and puff control system, which is integrated with the B&G system on board, allowing Natasha to control the boat herself.

The first part of Natasha’s latest adventure was getting Blown Away from the UK to Gran Canaria, ready for the start of the event.

“Her system is integrated into the autopilot, so when she needs to control the sheets, she operates her tongue switch, which both changes the function of the straw from helm to sheets, and activates the autopilot,” said Amanda Lambert, Natasha’s mum. “This helps her to maintain her course whilst she adjusts the sheets, and everything worked impeccably.”

The ARC begins on November 22.

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Boating Business | State of the art collision avoidance for Vendée yachts

STATE OF THE ART COLLISION AVOIDANCE FOR VENDÉE YACHTSHOMENEWSBOATBUILDINGELECTRONICSSTATE OF THE ART COLLISION AVOIDANCE FOR VENDÉE YACHTS03 Nov 2020EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintOSCAR’s aim is to prevent a collision with any of the many potential threats a vessel can encounter at sea Photo: BSB MarineA next generation collision avoidance system promises to significantly reduce collisions taking place at this year’s Vendée Globe.This year’s race, which sets sail from Les Sables d’Olonne, France on 8 November, will see many of the competing IMOCAs fitted with the pioneering new safety aid OSCAR from BSB Marine.“Our boats have become wider and wider with the foils, increasing the chances of hitting something, so if there is a system that can reduce the chances of a collision then we must have it on board,” said Kévin Escoffier, PRB.Safety imperativeUsing day and thermal cameras combined with artificial intelligence, OSCAR provides a second set of ‘eyes’ for the solo skipper both during the day and, crucially, at night-time as well.OSCAR’s aim is to prevent a collision with any of the many potential threats a vessel can encounter at sea, be that other vessels, unidentified floating objects, or sea mammals, any of which could put a skipper out of the race…or worse.The system instantly alerts the skipper of any potential danger and indicates the position of that threat on a dedicated map. A skipper can also view and record the images transmitted from OSCAR’s cameras.While OSCAR is being put through its paces on solo non-stop round the world race boats, its applications elsewhere are already far-reaching ranging from pleasure boats to commercial vessels.

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Boating Business | State of the art collision avoidance for Vendée yachts

STATE OF THE ART COLLISION AVOIDANCE FOR VENDÉE YACHTSHOMENEWSBOATBUILDINGELECTRONICSSTATE OF THE ART COLLISION AVOIDANCE FOR VENDÉE YACHTS03 Nov 2020EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintOSCAR’s aim is to prevent a collision with any of the many potential threats a vessel can encounter at sea Photo: BSB MarineA next generation collision avoidance system promises to significantly reduce collisions taking place at this year’s Vendée Globe.This year’s race, which sets sail from Les Sables d’Olonne, France on 8 November, will see many of the competing IMOCAs fitted with the pioneering new safety aid OSCAR from BSB Marine.“Our boats have become wider and wider with the foils, increasing the chances of hitting something, so if there is a system that can reduce the chances of a collision then we must have it on board,” said Kévin Escoffier, PRB.Safety imperativeUsing day and thermal cameras combined with artificial intelligence, OSCAR provides a second set of ‘eyes’ for the solo skipper both during the day and, crucially, at night-time as well.OSCAR’s aim is to prevent a collision with any of the many potential threats a vessel can encounter at sea, be that other vessels, unidentified floating objects, or sea mammals, any of which could put a skipper out of the race…or worse.The system instantly alerts the skipper of any potential danger and indicates the position of that threat on a dedicated map. A skipper can also view and record the images transmitted from OSCAR’s cameras.While OSCAR is being put through its paces on solo non-stop round the world race boats, its applications elsewhere are already far-reaching ranging from pleasure boats to commercial vessels.

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Boating Business | New sustainable double braid from Marlow

NEW SUSTAINABLE DOUBLE BRAID FROM MARLOW

HOMENEWSFITTING OUTEXTERIOR FITTING OUTNEW SUSTAINABLE DOUBLE BRAID FROM MARLOW

28 Oct 2020

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More than half of Marlow’s yachting range is manufactured using sustainable materials

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MARLOW ROPES LTD

Blue Ocean Doublebraid is Marlow Ropes’ latest addition to its eco-conscious Blue Ocean product range manufactured from sustainable materials.

The heat-set braid-on-braid Doublebraid is made from 100% recycled waste plastic bottles and designed to offer both strength and stretch performance.

The Blue Ocean Doublebraid follows the release of Marlow’s Blue Ocean Dockline, which offers sailors an eco-alternative to standard polyester ropes.

Since the launch of the Blue Ocean Dockline in 2018, more than half of Marlow’s yachting range is now manufactured using sustainable materials.

“It is important to us at Marlow that we take responsibility to become more sustainable and provide our customers with more rope options,” said Marlow’s leisure marine director Paul Honess. “We have worked hard over the last couple of years to eliminate plastics from our ranges, lower our carbon footprint and introduce sustainable materials.

“With half of our range now made using these sustainable materials we are getting closer to achieving our target of using 100% reliance on recycled materials by 2030.

The line is available on the reel as standard and also as spliced finished assemblies on request.

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Boating Business | Allie joins Oyster Yachts

ALLIE JOINS OYSTER YACHTS

HOMENEWSPEOPLEALLIE JOINS OYSTER YACHTS

21 Oct 2020

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Allie Smith is head of group events at Oyster Yachts

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OYSTER YACHTS

Allie Smith has been appointed as head of group events at Oyster Yachts.

Her role will include developing and managing Oyster Yachts’ international rallies and events including the next Oyster World Rally, which will start from Antigua in January 2022.

Allie previously worked as general manager for Mike Golding Yacht Racing, before being appointed as marketing manager at Clipper Ventures.

She founded Sailing Logic, growing the company to become the UK’s leading yacht race company with a fleet of identical 40ft racing yachts.

More recently Allie has worked with Tracy Edwards MBE and The Maiden Factor project managing the Whitbread yacht’s round the world promotional tour.

“Oyster events are world-renowned and have been instrumental in helping Oyster owners, families and crew enjoy over 20 million blue water sailing miles and 90 world circumnavigations,” she said.

In addition to hands-on organisation of events, Allie will be working with Oyster’s chief commercial officer, Paul Adamson, looking at key sponsorship and commercial partnerships between Oyster and other aligned brands.

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Boating Business | RigPro appoints Declan

RIGPRO APPOINTS DECLAN

HOMENEWSPEOPLERIGPRO APPOINTS DECLAN

21 Oct 2020

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Declan Clamp is the new assistant project manager at RigPro

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MARLOW ROPES LTD

Declan Clamp has joined RigPro, the service division of Halls Spars, Future Fibres and Southern Spars, as an assistant project manager.

Declan formerly worked at Marlow Ropes as sales representative since 2018 and during this time has had great success, thanks to his knowledge and previous roles as a rigger.

“My time at Marlow has hugely increased my knowledge of fibre running rigging in all its applications.

Marlow has been pushing the boundaries bringing the first recycled running rigging and mooring ropes to the market and it has been great to be a part of that.”

“A business is only as good as the people you employ, and for us at Marlow, training and skills of employees is all part of our commitment to being a responsible employer,” said Jon Mitchell, Marlow MD.

“We continue to invest in the development of our employees at all levels and this includes professional qualifications and apprenticeship schemes across areas including accounting, engineering and marketing.”

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Boating Business | Ronstan unveils new blocks for high loads

RONSTAN UNVEILS NEW BLOCKS FOR HIGH LOADS

HOMENEWSAFTERMARKETDECK HARDWARERONSTAN UNVEILS NEW BLOCKS FOR HIGH LOADS

23 Oct 2020

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Vang purchase system on a Laser Photo: Ronstan

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RONSTAN UK

Ronstan has been rolling out new products over the year, adding to its range of lashing and high load blocks with high load to weight.

New soft attachment blocks are said to achieve the highest ratings for dynamic load versus sheave diameter in Ronstan’s keelboat block range, says Jason Belben of Ronstan suppliers SailTek.

The SA blocks incorporate a full contact, self-lubricating composite journal bearing running on a stainless steel hub to reduce friction under load. Thrust washers are positioned between the sheave and cheek plates to handle high side loads, and testing has shown this to be more effective than ball bearings.

With a Dyneema SK99 cord shackle and titanium dog bone, the blocks are suitable for applications such as 2:1 main halyards, headsail and spinnaker sheets, mast base halyard deflection and running backstays.

Lashing block

Ronstan has released the RF35109HL 30mm lashing block for high load applications such as high load vang purchase systems on Moth and Lasers, halyards on skiffs, cunninghams, outhauls and backstay purchase systems.

With a maximum line of 8mm, the block has a maximum working load of 550kg and a breaking load of 1650kg. The hub can also double as a becket take off point.

Also proving to be popular with Ronstan customers is the new small swivel cleat arm, the RF50, used primarily for self-tacking jib control on dinghies such as the 49er but also useful for control lines on some larger yachts.

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