Balpha Mast will show its foldable mast system on board Balpha Global
The system has been produced by Ceilidh Composite Technologies in close collaboration with inventor and MD Stuart Balfour who has been demonstrating its capabilities on a tour of the River Thames, passing under 29 bridges.
“No bridge on the route was a problem to pass for Balpha Global with the easy lowering mast,” he said.
“This is exactly what I intended with developing the Balpha Mast system: sailing on waters that normally are inaccessible due to height restrictions.”
In addition, Balpha Mast is to sponsor the Great Loop, a continuous waterway in North America that recreational mariners can travel. The route includes part of the Atlantic, Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Great Lakes, Canadian Heritage Canals and the inland rivers of America’s heartland, an average distance of 5,600 to 6,600 miles.
“The maximum bridge clearance for the Great Loop is 5.82m, so regular sailing yachts cannot navigate the loop without removing their masts,” said Stuart. “However fitted with a Balpha Mast system even sailing yachts can navigate the Great Loop sailing instead of motoring. What a great experience it must be sailing the Great Loop on wind.”
Balpha Mast will be located at marina berth M266.
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