Email Print Volvo Penta – sixth time supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race25 May 2017For the sixth time, Volvo Penta has signed as an official supplier to the Volvo Ocean RaceFor the sixth time, Volvo Penta has signed as an official supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race, providing each of the Volvo Ocean 65 sailing boats with a D2-75 engine with saildrive, hands-on engine maintenance and support, as well additional power during the race stopovers.The engines have already done one lap around the world, covering around 39,000NM during the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. The same engines will be used for the forthcoming race.“The conditions of the Volvo Ocean Race are extreme and not only push the boats and sailing crew to the limit, but, also, all the equipment,” commented Mark Turner, Volvo Ocean Race CEO. “We need to ensure everything onboard is 100% reliable. Volvo Penta provides the perfect engines to suit these extreme conditions.“These boats have been built for two editions of the race and we have so much faith in the condition of the engines that we have not replaced them; we are confident they are up for a second trip around the world.”The engines will supply both auxiliary and propulsion power. During the race, the gearboxes will be sealed, with the engine used to power the boats’ total demand for electricity for computers, navigation equipment, lights and communication units onboard. Additionally, the engine will provide power to the batteries to run the water maker and to the hydraulic system for the canting keel.Hands-on technical expertise is also available from Volvo Penta to the race organisation and sailing teams through Volvo Penta engineer, Johannes Karlsson. Johannes who will travel to each race stopover.In addition, the company is providing its next generation petrol sterndrive engines – the V6 280 – and prop to helm equipment for new RIB boats that will be used by the sailing teams.
AkzoNobel named as Official Supplier to The Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard
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AkzoNobel sign a deal to ensure that the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean fleet will be coated with the company’s International and Awlgrip range of products
AkzoNobel will be the official coatings supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard in 2017-18, after signing a deal to ensure that the fleet of Volvo Ocean 65 racing yachts will be coated with the company’s International and Awlgrip range of products
The competing boats – including team AkzoNobel’s brand new Volvo Ocean 65 – have already been coated with Awlgrip products, while the keel on each boat is protected with International coatings.
“As the world’s leading supplier of marine and yacht coatings, we’re delighted to be partnering with the Volvo Ocean Race as an official Boatyard supplier,” said Alberto Slikta, Managing Director AkzoNobel’s Specialty Coatings business.
“The race is the ultimate test of performance and, given our long association with the sea, it’s the perfect showcase for the company’s market-leading products.”
The boats that competed in the 2014-15 edition have been through a million-euros-per-boat refit process at The Boatyard shared service centre in Lisbon. Team AkzoNobel’s newly built Volvo Ocean 65 has also received its final fitout at the Lisbon facility.
AkzoNobel has developed unique and eye-catching custom colours for every team in the race, and the partnership ensures that the boats will continue to look the part even as they race through the toughest oceans on the planet, thanks to expert aftercare service from AkzoNobel’s International yacht business.
The company will supply all coatings required for repairs and maintenance in each stopover, and will also provide technical expertise when required to supervise the application process in Host Cities around the world.
“We’re excited to be part of such a thrilling and captivating sporting event,” continued Collins. “It’s the kind of extreme test of high performance that our products are made for.”
The Volvo Ocean 65 fleet will leave Alicante in October 2017 and race around the world, taking in Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff and Gothenburg, before the big finish in The Hague at the end of June 2018.
Volvo Penta returns as official engine supplier to Volvo Ocean Race
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Amalia Infante/Volvo Ocean Race
Ugo Fonolla/Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Penta will again be an official supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18 – the sixth edition that the round-the-world fleet has used Volvo Penta engines to provide vital communications and safety functions on board
Designed to withstand the toughest conditions on Earth, the Volvo Penta D2-75 with Saildrive engines completed their first lap of the planet in the 2014-15 edition as an essential part of the One Design Volvo Ocean 65 boat.
In the next edition, starting 22 October, Volvo Penta will provide hands-on technical expertise 24/7 to the race teams as the fleet prepares to race three times more Southern Ocean miles than in recent editions.
Although the use of engines as a primary propulsion source is prohibited during racing, the D2-75 engine is a key part of life onboard – powering the boat’s total demand for electricity for computers, navigation equipment, lights and communications units.
Additionally, the engine onboard provides power to the batteries to run the water maker, supplies power to the hydraulic system for the canting keel – which provides extra counterweight when racing – and is a potentially lifesaving instrument in case of an emergency situation.
“The conditions of the Volvo Ocean Race are extreme and not only push the boats and sailing crew to the limit, but, also, all the equipment,” commented Mark Turner, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race.
“These boats have been built for two editions of the race and we have so much faith in the condition of the engines that we have not replaced them; we are confident they are up for a second trip around the world.”
Nick Bice, Chief Technical Development Officer for the Volvo Ocean Race, added: “As a unique aspect for the Volvo Ocean Race, there are high energy requirements to provide power to laptops, camera and other media equipment, enabling the sailing teams to communicate directly from out at sea to the rest of the world.
“The engine is critical 100% of the time. It is the main source of power onboard, which converts energy for which the teams rely upon to survive. They depend on the engine to deliver drinking water, which is essential when the teams are sailing for weeks at a time.”
Volvo Penta engineer Johannes Karlsson – with 16 years experience as a marine engineer, and backed by Volvo Penta’s global dealer network – will deliver full-time support to the event, travelling to every Host City around the world to deliver world-class engine support through The Boatyard.
The Boatyard is a unique shared service centre facility which ensures that all the Volvo Ocean 65s have access to the same level of maintenance and repairs after each leg of the race. Each of the seven Volvo Ocean 65s has recently undergone a comprehensive one million euro per boat refit process in Lisbon, Portugal – and an eighth, identical boat has been built by team AkzoNobel.
Volvo Penta is also providing its next generation of gasoline sterndrive engines and complete prop-to-helm equipment for new RIBs that will be used by the sailing teams at each city where the race stops around the world. The V6 280 model has been provided, delivering the cleanest engines available on the market in the gasoline segment to the sailing teams.
Additionally, Volvo Penta is delivering power generation for the newly designed Volvo Pavilion at each Host City around the world, providing prime power to support business operations, guest hospitality, and the high-tech environment inside. This same technology is used every day to deliver power to people and society around the world.
“Volvo Penta is a proud supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race providing solutions from both our marine and industrial product portfolios,” says Björn Ingemanson, president of Volvo Penta. “We use existing, leading technology, available on the market today for our customers, depending on it to work in the toughest of environments – the world’s most extreme sailing competition.”
The Volvo Ocean Race begins on 22 October 2017 in Alicante and will visit a further 11 Host Cities around the planet – visiting Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff and Gothenburg, before a big finish in The Hague in summer 2018.
World Sailing and Volvo sign major partnership to help create next generation of pro offshore sailors
Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race
Yann Riou / Dongfeng Race Team
David Lichtneker/Team AkzoNobel
Following the ‘next decade’ event on 18 May, see below for more details on the race’s partnership with World Sailing and long-term commitment to the sport – plus news of a separate agreement with AkzoNobel’s ‘International’ brand to support the Youth Academy at stopovers in 2017-18
The Volvo Ocean Race has signed a four-year partnership with World Sailing, the sport’s governing body, as part of an ambitious plan to develop the next generation of offshore sailors, and create stronger links to the wider sport.
Under the terms of the agreement, Volvo Ocean Race and the event’s co-owners and sponsors Volvo Car Group and Volvo Group will become the official partners of World Sailing.
The partnership is a signal of the Volvo Ocean Race’s commitment to the sport and the future of offshore sailing.
The race’s long-term plan will include opening future Ocean Academies to help young high performance sailors gain the necessary offshore experience to compete for places on participating teams.
That would include racing in the same boats used in any future Olympic class of offshore sailing – something currently under discussion between World Sailing and the International Olympic Committee.
“World Sailing is delighted to partner with Volvo as they have been fully committed to developing sailing worldwide for many years,” commented World Sailing President Kim Andersen.
“They are an ambitious, forward thinking partner who match World Sailing’s vision and mission for the entire sport. They will be a crucial partner for World Sailing, working with us across all of our titled events, sustainability programmes and will have exclusivity in the automotive sector.
“It is vital that World Sailing continue to aid growth across all aspects of the sport and our partnership with the Volvo Ocean Race allows us to be closely aligned with one of sports major events.”
Under a separate agreement announced on Wednesday, the Race has also revealed that marine and protective coatings brand, International, will back the official Volvo Ocean Race Youth Academy in 2017-18.
Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner said the World Sailing agreement would help create stepping stones to the iconic round-the-world race – the toughest test of a team in professional sport.
“The Volvo Ocean Race is at the apex of the offshore and ocean racing pyramid, but unlike something like the eco-system in French sailing, we don’t yet have an established pathway to make getting there a natural progression,” said Turner.
“The partnership with World Sailing is important for us to show a long-term commitment to the sport and, equally, World Sailing’s support and understanding of what the Volvo Ocean Race does – to continue to inspire the world’s best athletes to go offshore.
“But we need to create some steps underneath it like the Volvo Ocean Race Academies and a closer link to the potential Olympic offshore class.
“If and when that is confirmed by the International Olympic Committee, the Volvo Ocean Race would be uniquely positioned to provide a path towards the Olympics, with qualifiers potentially taking place at our Host Cities during stopovers – and potentially even the Olympic offshore class being used as a point scorer inside the Volvo Ocean Race. That could expand still further the challenges the sailors must face to win this race.”
World Sailing has proposed an offshore showcase event to the International Olympic Committee for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. If ocean racing is included on the programme, the first Olympic-related event could come as soon as 2018.
The Volvo Ocean Race Youth Academy, powered by International, is committed to helping young people all over the world learn more about sailing, and drive excitement and interest around the race by encouraging more youngsters to experience sailing and teamwork.
For young sailors with more experience, a series of races in Optimist dinghies will take place at 10 of the 12 scheduled stopovers in 2017-18. Various workshops, training sessions and other activities will also be provided, such as educating and inspiring people to tackle the problem of plastic in our oceans.
“Connecting with young people and possibly helping to nurture the next generation of Volvo Ocean Race sailors is an exciting opportunity and we are delighted that the Youth Academy will be powered by International,” said Alberto Slikta, Managing Director of AkzoNobel Specialty Coatings.
Volvo have a long running commitment to sailing and previously worked with the world governing body of the sport, acting as title sponsor of the Youth Sailing World Championships from 1999 to 2010.
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Volvo Ocean Race unveils ultimate leadership programme – including new ‘Global Team Challenge’
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Anna-Lena Elled / Team SCA / Volvo Ocean Race
Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race
Following the ‘next decade’ event in Gothenburg on Thursday (18 May), see below for full details of the Leadership Development and Team Performance programme –– including the on-water ‘Global Team Challenge’
The Volvo Ocean Race will embed a comprehensive Leadership Development and Team Performance Programme in future editions, based on the hard-earned experience of the pro sailors and including a ‘Global Team Challenge’ race to provide the ultimate team development opportunity for stakeholders.
Sponsors have often asked skippers and crew to provide insights into the way they handle high-stress issues of leadership and teamwork during the Volvo Ocean Race. In response to the clear demand, the race will formalise these learnings and make them available to businesses with on-land and on-water elements.
Launching in the edition after 2017-18, the Global Team Challenge will form the centerpiece of the on-water part of this HR focused programme. This will also act as a new entry point for future sponsors of teams in the race.
This race will provide the ultimate challenge for amateur sailors, including those with no prior experience, giving employees a unique experience of offshore and ocean racing, under the highest standards of training and management, but nonetheless in conditions close to those faced by the professionals.
There will be a significant pre-race programme of individual days to complement the on-land training, as well as pre-race training for crews.
It will then shadow part of the Volvo Ocean Race route, and sponsors will be able to switch out their crew at every stopover to give more people an experience – and a challenge – of a lifetime.
Race CEO Mark Turner highlighted the added value the programme will provide to team and race sponsors in different areas.
“The Leadership Development and Team Performance Programme is all about creating new business value for our stakeholders,” said Turner. “The Global Team Challenge will be a big part of that and will provide an incredible way to offer leadership training, team building and incentives to employees.
“It will also provide a key boost to Employer Branding – supporting talent recruitment and retention for global businesses – and creating unique B2B opportunities, for example in giving key clients the chance to do a leg as well as a chance for sponsors to give key target media a real experience and insight in to ocean racing themselves.”
Richard Mason, who competed in the race four times before going on to coach Team SCA in the last edition and then join the race organisation as Executive Director, said smart busnesses would get a lot out of the programme.
“The Volvo Ocean Race drives human relationships from beginning to end,” explained Mason. “You get to know your crew better than your own family, you see them scared for their lives at times. You see your team at their absolute best and absolute worst.
“You’ll see that people have skills that will help you win but you need to know how to bring out the best in them, and it’s not always obvious.
“For a leadership or a management team to be looking into relationships that happen on these boats is smart. We’ve had CEOs who used to fly to every single Host City around the world to just sit in on our post-leg debriefs to understand the crew dynamics and learn from what was happening.”
The Global Team Challenge will be contested in the current fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s, detuned sufficiently to make it possible for non-professional sailors to handle them. Each yacht will have 8 amateurs onboard, trained and led by 3 experienced professional sailors.
Safety will be of paramount importance, not only with the 3-8 ratio of professionals to amateurs, but also in an extensive pre-challenge training period.
“There are so many parallels between running a business and entering a team in the Volvo Ocean Race,” said Race Director Phil Lawrence.
“Teamwork, leadership, managing challenging situations, setting targets, delivering on objectives – the issues faced by our teams are just the problems modern business face. They are amplified often 10-fold in the Volvo Ocean Race teams, with many lessons to share with teams under pressure in business.”
Volvo Ocean Race sailor Dee Caffari highlighted her own experience of being in demand by businesses to give insight based on her experience on Team SCA in the last edition.
“The value that companies can get from the team building and leadership is endless – as proved by how much we have all talked about it at conferences and after dinner speeches,” said Caffari. “There is a real appetite for this kind of platform. The sponsor buy-in will also be greater if they have this opportunity as engagement levels will rise and that will help enrich the activation during the race period itself.”
Monohulls and multihulls to feature in Volvo Ocean Race
22 May 2017
The race will introduce foil-assisted 60 foot monohulls and 32-50 foot flying catamarans. Image courtesy of Volvo Ocean Race – Facebook
Both monohull and multihull challenges are to be included in the Volvo Ocean Race, a move that could lead to the entire race being sailed on multihulls.
Officials have confirmed that the global race will introduce foil-assisted 60ft monohulls for the ocean legs and 32-50ft catamarans for multihull racing in the in-port series.
Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Mark Turner, revealed: “We had a lot of debate about multihull versus monohull – strong arguments in both directions. We decided on three hulls – a monohull plus catamaran.
“We’re using the best tool for each discipline. It’s going to push the sailors and sailing teams overall, to levels they have never previously had to perform at in order to win one of sailing’s ultimate prizes.”
French boat designer, Guillaume Verdier is developing the race’s new monohull, a ‘turbo charged’ IMOCA 60 that will use foiling technology. The boat will have an option built in to the design to be convertible to a short-handed rules-compliant IMOCA boat.
A tender process has opened for the design and build of catamarans to a strict one design rule, with the aim of permitting much of the very latest ‘flying’ technology to be built in, but at relatively low cost.
The next generation of one design boats will be introduced in 2019, designed for use over at least six years and to raise the race’s value in both sporting terms and commercial value. Initial builds will be eight of each monohull and multihull. Crew numbers will be between five and seven plus and onboard reporter and the boats will be offered on a lease basis.
Barton Marine’s Seawork line-up
22 May 2017
Barton Marine’s new curved track will be on show at Seawork 2017
Marine deck hardware manufacturer and supplier, Barton Marine, has announced its product line-up for Seawork International.
The company’s track and car systems will be on display, showcasing their benefits. The marine-grade extruded aluminium tracks and sliding car systems provide lightweight and high load bearing solutions, and are available for individual customisation.
Most tracks can be curved to special requirements, making them perfect for refits, special design applications for OEM uses and for replacing existing tracking systems.
From detailed drawings, Barton can deliver a bespoke curved track of up to 5m in length. As well as producing permanently fixed systems, Barton Marine can also increase functionality and convenience with its removable track bracket, allowing the track to be stowed away neatly when not required.
As an extension of Barton’s industrial range of products, its new line of industrial snatch blocks will also be displayed at the show. The blocks carry the CE quality assurance stamp and are easy to employ in a variety of general industrial maritime settings, suitable for those who need pulley blocks for moving and lifting loads from 200kg to 350kg.
The company’s new block on a strop adds an element of heritage to the brand’s product portfolio. The original concept was developed for use in theatres and consists of a durable number seven precision ball bearing sheave block with an attached webbing strap, designed to function as an easily portable lifting device for a range of equipment and tools.
With the ability to attach the strop to a pole, bar, or other robust structure, the device can be installed, removed and relocated when necessary to help reduce the health and safety risks associated with lifting heavy loads for marina operatives, scaffolders and builders alike.
“We’re glad to be back as exhibitors at Seawork’s 20th anniversary this year,” said Barton Marine chief executive Suzanne Blaustone. “We’ll exhibit Barton’s line of standard or bespoke tracks and cars which can be utilised for easy movement of loads on deck, man overboard systems and also for movable roofing which is a growth market for us.
Barton Marine will also showcase other products from its range of industrial and commercial equipment including the ClamSeal for the immediate repair of inflatables, LineTamers for safely securing and organising ropes and articles on board, EasySplice rope splicer and VuPlex plastic cleaner, polisher and protector for instrument panels, clear windows and multiple plastic substrates.
Barton Marine will be on stand SB60.
Volvo Ocean Race strengthens Southern Ocean commitment with new routes, formats and timing that will also boost commercial appeal
Yann Riou / Dongfeng Race Team / Volvo Ocean Race
Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race
Rick Tomlinson / Volvo Ocean Race
Following the ‘next decade’ event in Gothenburg on Thursday (18 May), see below for full details of radical changes to the racecourse, stopover formats and timing of future race activity.
The Volvo Ocean Race will strengthen its historic connection with the Southern Ocean, and the tradition of racing around the world, while boosting its commercial offering to sponsors and Host Cities, by introducing radical changes to the racecourse, stopover formats and timing of future race activity.
The changes include a commitment to race activity in every calendar year and a proposed non-stop lap around Antarctica as a leg of the race as part of future routes that could look very different.
But Race CEO Mark Turner stressed that racing around the world, and maximising Southern Ocean miles, would continue to be at the heart of every future edition of the 44-year-old fully crewed race.
The race has launched a Host City tender process for three editions after the upcoming 2017-18 race – with a commitment to there being race activity of some kind in each and every calendar year. That marks a clear evolution from the current situation, which features a gap of over two years between races.
And while the race is committed to two more starts from its home and key partner in Alicante, Spain, some future editions could start and/or finish outside Europe, Turner revealed at special event in Gothenburg.
New racecourse options to be selected over the coming decade include a non-stop leg around Antarctica as part of a round the world course – and Turner revealed that another leg could even be a full non-stop lap around the planet.
The dates of the three races after the upcoming 2017-18 edition have not yet been decided, but the sequence could start as early as 2019. Under instruction from the Volvo Ocean Race Board, the race is investigating the feasibility of a switch to a two-year cycle from the current three-yearly one, an evolution that could align all the major events of the sport – the Volvo Ocean Race, Vendée Globe, America’s Cup and Olympic Games – in a non-conflicting calendar for the first time ever.
“The race will always go around the world and the Southern Ocean will always, always be at the core of the challenge we set for the world’s best professional sailors,” said Turner.
“Over the next decade, we’ll be bringing in a new approach to where we go, when we go and how we go there while staying true to our core DNA.
“We know that from both commercial and sporting perspectives it’s vital that we have more continuity and more action – and that there is a return on investment every budget year of a Volvo Ocean Race campaign. That’s why it’s essential to make changes.”
The 2017-18 edition, starting from Alicante on 22 October, will visit a total of 12 Host Cities in a race lasting more than eight months.
Future editions may not always visit so many markets, thereby shortening their length. The race will, however, commit to visiting North America, South America, Australasia, Greater China, and at least five major European markets at the very minimum once every other edition, so that there is commercial certainty well ahead of final routes being contracted, making it easier for 2-cycle sponsor commitments to be made to teams.
“The last few decades years have seen an often uncomfortable compromise between commercial and sporting values, with more and more markets interested in hosting the event – and we think this evolution is a great way to boost both commercial and sporting aspects going forward,” said Turner.
In addition to varying the routes of the race, Host Cities will be able to choose from a range of flexible stopover formats – from a 24-48 hour pit-stop, to short-format stopovers of five days, through to longer ‘two weekend’ stopovers.
For the first time, potential Host Cities will be able to bid for not just for race stopovers but also for more permanent bases and activities that bring significant economic value. They include bases for Volvo Ocean Race Academies, venues for the sustainability Ocean Summits and future iterations of The Boatyard, currently based in Lisbon, Portugal.
The Boatyard is responsible for the refit of the boats between races, and will also now take on the actual finishing and assembly of both new boat fleets, to be completed in 2019. Locations for the pre-race assembly period, and the stopovers of the mandatory Leg Zero race qualifier also offer strong commercial value to potential stopovers.
“The offer to all our future partners is stronger than ever,” said Turner. “These race evolutions will make the Volvo Ocean Race even more attractive to potential Host Cities, and specifically, we have a lot more inventory that they can bid for.”
The Volvo Ocean Race began life as the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973 and the next decade will take in the 50th anniversary in 2023.
To mark the anniversary, a special edition race starting in 2023 may shadow part or all of the original route or there could even be a separate ‘golden jubilee’ race featuring race legends and older boats. Either way, the bidding process for 2023 will carry special additional value.
British sailors set for European title challenges
Written by RYA | 07 May 2017
RS:X, 470 and Finn European Championships set to start off Mediterranean coast
Some 23 British Sailing Team athletes will aim to tame Mediterranean winds and waters this week (8-13 May) as they bid for European Championship honours across five Olympic classes.
The French port city of Marseilles will host the RS:X Men’s and Women’s Windsurfing Europeans as well as the Championship for the men’s heavyweight Finn class, while the principality of Monaco will see European Championship battles unfold in the 470 Women’s and Men’s events over the same six days.
The World Cup Sailing event in Hyeres provided a timely warm up for all five classes, with British athletes finishing just outside the podium spots in three of them (RS:X Women, Finn and 470 Women) last week.
Izzy Hamilton, who finished fourth in the RS:X women’s windsurfing event in Hyeres, is one of three British women competing at the Europeans, alongside Emma Wilson and Imogen Sills, while Tom Squires is one of six British Sailing Team talents in the men’s fleet.
Ed Wright and Ben Cornish will both be aiming for podium finishes at the Finn Europeans, with Wright having finished fourth in Hyeres and Cornish wanting to build on a season-opening World Cup silver in Miami. Teammates Pete McCoy and Henry Wetherell will also line up in the 68-boat fleet.
At the 470 Europeans in Monte Carlo, Amy Seabright-Anna Carpenter will look to bounce back from a tough end to an otherwise positive week at the Hyeres World Cup where they slipped to fourth in the medal race. Fellow British Sailing Team athletes Jess Lavery-Flora Stewart and Sarah Norbury, sailing with Eilidh McIntyre, will join them on the women’s startline, with Martin Wrigley-James Taylor and Harvey Martin-James Bishop flying the flag in the Men’s division.
All five events are Open – permitting entries from non-European nations – with the Finn and RS:X events using experimental race formats.
The windsurfers will sail a 12-race opening series, after which the top 12 will advance to a quarter-final. The top six sailors from that will race a semi-final, with the top three semi-final finishers, each then assured of a medal, fighting it out for the order of the podium spots.
In the Finn event, the top three boats at the end of a 10-race opening series will fast-track to the final, with the next seven boats in the standings sailing a semi-final from which the top two progress to a winner-takes-all five-boat final.
The 470 event will contest an 11-race opening series with the top ten boats progressing to a double-points medal race.
Marlow Ropes renews as British Sailing Team Official Supplier
Written by RYA | 17 May 2017
Leading rope supplier on board until 2021
Marlow, the world’s leading performance yachting rope, has again been selected as official supplier to the British Sailing Team as they embark on their journey to Tokyo 2020 and beyond.
Marlow and competitive sailing have a long and very successful relationship. Having already supported the British Sailing Team for the last 20 years, Marlow’s cutting edge research and development of high performance rope has secured its position as the leading sailing rope in the world.
Jon Mitchell, MD of Marlow said: “Marlow has a long history supporting and supplying the British Sailing Team and as a British brand we are delighted to be supporting the team in its quest for more medals.”
RYA Director of Racing John Derbyshire said: “We’re delighted to have Marlow on board again for the coming four-year cycle. As a team that tops the medal table, we only partner with quality brands that share our values of collaboration and innovation in order to keep our athletes at the cutting edge of the sport – and the Marlow brand has earned an outstanding reputation based on products tried and tested in the world’s most competitive and challenging environments.”
Great Britain is the world’s most successful Olympic sailing nation, with British sailors topping the tables at four of the last five Olympic Games, including at Rio 2016, and emerging as top nation from the 2016 Olympic Classes World Championships and World Cup Series.