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Volvo Ocean Race supports EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour with launch of Rookie Award for top two under 30 sailorsSaturday, 28 February 2015The Volvo Ocean Race has recognised EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour (SATT) as a leading development race for young offshore sailors by launching a Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) Rookie Award for the two best under 30 sailors competing in the event.Since 2011 when Oman Sail first launched its 760nm endurance race around the Gulf of Arabia, competitors have been drawn from the ranks of past and present Volvo Ocean Race crew and 2015 is no exception with past winners Damian Foxall (IRL) and Sidney Gavignet (FRA) currently at the front of the EFG SATT fleet as they head towards the finish in Bahrain. Three of the GAC powered by Dongfeng Race Team from China, namely Cheng Ying Kit, Liu Ming and King Chencheng are using EFG SATT as training for the next VOR which for any offshore sailor, represents the pinnacle of a career due to the formidable challenges set across the 27,000 nm route through the Atlantic, Indian, Southern and Pacific Oceans plus 10 inshore races staged at each stopover. Every Volvo Ocean Race team must have at least one crew member under the age of 30 but gaining racing experience to earn qualification is no easy matter and ambitious young sailors are constantly seeking opportunities to test their endurance, technical and strategic skills in events that replicate the VOR inshore-offshore model, such as EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour where 50% of all the crewmembers are aged under 30. The new Volvo Ocean Race Rookie Award was announced at the prize-giving for the inshore racing in Doha.“We are thrilled that EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour has attracted this recognition from the Volvo Ocean Race as being a valuable feeder event for young offshore sailors and we look forward to working closely together to promote the sport of sailing among young local and regional audiences,” said David Graham, CEO of Oman Sail. The Volvo Ocean Race will offer an economy return trip to Newport, accommodation and hospitality for the full stopover race weekend and pro-am day to the two top EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour Under 30 sailors, who will be nominated by their skippers and adjudged by a panel comprising George Catsiapis, CEO EFG Private Bank, Knut Frostad CEO, Volvo Ocean Race and Gilles Chiorri, EFG SATT Race Director. They will be announced at the prize giving in Bahrain at 16:30 local time on Saturday 28 February.“We are delighted to launch this award since the Volvo Ocean Race works hard to promote the development of young offshore sailors and also fully supports the initiatives and programmes that are being launched by emerging nations in the sport of sailing,” said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad.

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RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2015 – British Sailing Team manager Stephen Park and Laser star Nick Thompson will be among the expert speakers from 28 February to 1 March. London’s Alexandra Palace will once again be transformed into a dinghy sailor’s heaven as the annual show provides the perfect start to the dinghy sailing season, with free talks and coaching sessions and all the latest boats and gear to get you sailing faster. Whether you’ve never set foot in a dinghy or you’re already a seasoned pro, the show offers something for everyone and remains the only exhibition in the world dedicated exclusively to the sport. Stephen Park OBE, who’s heading in to his fourth Olympic Games as the British Sailing Team’s Manager, will be providing an insight into the road to Rio 2016 with now just 18 months to go until the Games, while four-time Laser Worlds medallist Nick Thompson will be sharing his top tips for super light and super windy sailing. If you’ve set your own sights on being a future Olympic gold medallist, then visit the RYA British Youth Sailing and Volvo Car UK stand (C36), where RYA staff and representatives from Class Associations will share information and advice on how to get involved with all levels of racing from club or regional level through to RYA UK Youth Squads and beyond. You can also have a go at the RYA Volvo Sail for Gold virtual sailing game, chat with British Sailing Team members campaigning for Rio 2016 and hang out in the interactive information zone with exclusive access to the latest coaching videos from Team Volvo. As the official car partner to the British Sailing Team, Volvo will also be showcasing the V40 Cross Country, V60 Plug-in Hybrid and the XC60, a very popular car within the sailing community. Volvo experts will be on hand to show you around the cars, explain the latest discounts available to RYA members, and how to get involved with the Volvo Sailing Academies. The British Sailing Team’s official technical clothing partner Zhik will also be on hand (G6) to assist with all your on water clothing needs, and will have items from the team’s limited retail range available to purchase. Proceeds raised from sales of the unique and patriotic range of men’s and women’s tees and polos, headgear, jackets and rash vests all go to support the British Sailing Team’s medal-winning efforts. British Sailing Team official suppliers Harken (G8) and Marlow Ropes (G42) are among the exhibitors showcasing their latest gear and gadgets, so feel free to stop by to chat about how they might help your dinghy sailing RYA

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Bowman signals: Getting great starts with hand signals >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News





Getting good starts is far from easy and the bowman’s role is crucial. Yachting World’s Jonty Sherwill asked grand-prix bowman Matt Cornwell for his five best tips on giving the right signals…

Five seconds to the start and the row of bows is accelerating towards the line. A boat to windward is early and obscuring your view of the start boat. The bowman signals for ‘full speed’, then runs aft and hits the rail. We’re off, there’s clear air and space below . . .

Stepping up to do ‘bow’ is to take on a multi-role, multi-skilled task. Clear communication is at the heart of all good sailing teams and during the prestart visual hand signals from the bowman, plus verbal input from the tactician and other team members, can help inform the helmsman of the distance to the line, proximity to other boats and whether to hold course, slow down, speed up, etc. Agreeing and understanding the visual signals is vital for a safe start.

Although the pre-start may demand the highest level of concentration and precision, for the bowman it can be just the beginning of a race-long job list of headsail changes, gybes, spinnaker peels and trips aloft. On bigger yachts a run to the bow may also be needed to call a port/starboard dip or mark overlap and here the same hand signal code can be used.

The common hand signals used are: CLICK HERE

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CLIPPER RACE – SPONSORSHIP EXTENSION2015-16 SeriesMarlow Ropes, are very happy to officially confirm we will be continuing our long-term race partnership on board once again ahead of the 2015-16 series.As the Clipper Race’s official rope supplier, Marlow Ropes will once again provide each of the fleet’s twelve Clipper 70 yachts with over 40,000 metres of high quality ropes which are made of modern, light weight fibres such as Dyneema. Crew will be provided with rope care and splicing advice by Marlow experts during training to help them get maximum lifespan and efficiency out of the running rigging during their eleven month challenge.Paul Honess, Leisure Marine Sales Director for Marlow Ropes Ltd, said: “Marlow is very proud to continue our association with the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race for the seventh consecutive race series. It was clear to see from the last edition of the race that the new Clipper 70 is a big step up from the Clipper 68s with regards to power and performance. “We continue to use mostly standard products on most of the running rigging but have now upgraded some cover composition for a few of the lines, this is to increase the longevity and performance in a few key applications ready for the next edition of the race.“The great thing about working with the Clipper fleet is that we can trial and test our products and look at ways to increase performance and longevity of the lines and get great feedback which we can then use to develop our Cruiser/ Racer range of products.”Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

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About Marlow

At Marlow Ropes we are always looking to the future with innovation and development – the two adverts above show Marlow at the forefront of rope technology with polyester yacht ropes in 1957, and today with our Grand Prix Series range.  However, we never forget our rich and proud heritage and whilst Marlow Ropes Ltd was originally set up as recently as 1961, the story of the Company and the intertwined history of rope making in Hailsham goes back over 200 years.


In 1807 Thomas Burfield founded his rope company in Hailsham, East Sussex – the present day Marlow factory still manufactures rope on Burfield’s original site.  In those days however,  Burfield made ropes from “soft” natural fibres, not only hemps imported from Europe and India but also Cannabis!

In 1830 George Green, an employee of Burfield’s, left to set up a rival factory across town called Green Brothers, making similar products but servicing mainly local industry.

Later that centuary in 1881, George Hawkins and Alfred Tipson founded Hawkins and Tipson in Millwall on the Isle of Dogs, London.  Hawkins and Tipson made ropes mainly for the maritime industry from “hard” natural fibres such as manila and sisal.


Hawkins and Tipson went from strength to strength, rapidly expanding it’s operations, thanks in part to a shortage of Manila fibre during the Spanish American war in 1898, which the Company foresaw and profited from.

In 1941 and 1953 respectively, Hawkins and Tipson bought Green Brothers and Burfield & Sons in Hailsham.  The purpose of these acquisitions being to provide land and capacity for the expanding Hawkins and Tipson Ltd.


At this time rope manufacture was still dominated by natural fibres such as hemp, manila and sisal.  However, by early 1950’s the “new” synthetic fibres of Nylon (polyamide) and Terylene (polyester) were becoming more widely used in industry and Hawkins and Tipson were among the first to realise their potential in rope making

In 1957 Hawkins and Tipson started manufacturing and selling synthetic fibre ropes, made in Hailsham, to the yachting industry under the “Marlow” brand.  These new nylon and polyester ropes were ideal for the demands of the re-emerging yachting industry which was just recovering after World War II.  The success of the Marlow brand led to the founding of Marlow Ropes Ltd in 1961, as part of the ever expanding Hawkins and Tipson empire, with the express purpose of  manufacturing synthetic fibre ropes for the yachting market..


During the 1960’s Marlow Ropes very soon become internationally know in the yachting industry and leaders in the field.  Yachtsmen around the world replaced their traditional 3 strand hemp ropes with braided nylon and polyester ropes manufactured by Marlow in Hailsham.

The 1970’s, saw Marlow Ropes (now the synthetic fibre arm of Hawkins and Tipson) moving  from strength to strength, further asserting it’s dominance in the yachting industry with innovative products such as Marlowbraid.  However, it also extended it’s operations into polyester ropes and slings for civil engineering projects and other general lifting work for land and marine use.


As the use of natural fibres declined in the heavy marine industry, Marlow, who also extruded their own raw materials in Hailsham, grew in it’s reach and product portfolio.  They soon became the dominant company within the group and by 1983 Hawkins and Tipson (now under new ownership) was restructured, becoming known as H&T Marlow and subsequently simply Marlow Ropes Ltd.

Marlow Ropes continued to lead the way in technical innovation and together with further expansion in the 1990’s the Company re-affirmed it’s position as one of the dominant forces in rope manufacture world wide.  The Marlow brand was renowned and respected in markets around the world from yachting ropes to military ropes and commercial mooring ropes to deep sea tethers for oil platforms.


By 2003, after a number of acquisitions, Marlow Ropes was a world leader in the design and manufacture of deep water tethers and mooring points for the oil industry as well as continuing to be the most globally recognised rope brand in the yachting industry.  The Company was manufacturing on three sites in the UK and also owned a climbing rope company in Germany.


At the end of 2005 however, the Company was split up and sold off to separate buyers.  The Marlow Cordage Division was bought by the owner of Marlow’s one time UK competitor, English Braids, who retained the name Marlow Ropes Ltd.

Today, Marlow Ropes has a brand new purpose built factory and warehouse and continues to manufacture quality British ropes on the same site as Thomas Burfield over 200 years ago.  Times have changed however and today Marlow specialises in the design and manufacture of technically innovative rope products using the very latest hi-tech and exotic man made fibres.

Marlow Ropes’ reputation for quality and technical innovation continues in the 21st Century and the Company continues to forge a path of progress and growth in the markets in which it operates:

•    Leisure Marine

•    Defence & Special Forces

•    Winching & wire rope replacement

•    Arboriculture

•    Fire & Rescue

•    Work Safety & Industrial Access

•    Cabling & Telecoms

•    Film & Theatre Rigging

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