​Clipper Race fleet strikes to sustainable working rigging because it extends partnership with Marlow Ropes

Marlow Ropes will likely be supplying revolutionary, sustainably made and recyclable working rigging for the eleven-strong fleet within the upcoming Clipper 2023-24 Race. Made with 73% recycled or sustainably manufactured uncooked supplies, this would be the first fleet and ocean race the place this kind of recycled and sustainable rigging is used.

Picture: Testing circumstances throughout Leg 2 of the Clipper 2019-20 Race

The announcement marks over 20 years of partnership for the 2 organisations, spanning ten editions of the Clipper Race. All through this relationship, Marlow Ropes has been in a position to analysis, develop and refine its merchandise within the final R&D setting- a 40,000 mile circumnavigation the place matched ocean-racing yachts face excessive circumstances and intense racing.

Forward of the Clipper 2019-20 Race, every Clipper 70 was rigged with a mainsheet constructed from a Bio-Dyneema® core and a rPET polyester cowl, with a view to take a look at the sturdiness of those new fibres on the earth’s most hostile environments- from blistering warmth to gale-force winds and freezing temperatures. The success of the product now implies that the Clipper Race fleet can function with extra sustainable working rigging within the subsequent version.

Each rope will now be made utilizing a Bio-Dyneema® core, a sustainably sourced artificial fibre which has the bottom carbon footprint per unit energy in comparison with different artificial fibres as its manufacturing depends much less on fossil fuels.

The vast majority of rope covers will likely be constructed from a blended Blue Ocean rPET (recycled polyester) yarn constructed from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The sturdiness of this yarn was efficiently trialled within the 2019-20 version, with every yacht utilizing Blue Ocean mooring strains used while docking in ports all over the world.

Picture: BlueOcean Dockline within the Whitsundays

Greg North, Fleet Upkeep Supervisor at Clipper Ventures mentioned: “The strains fared extremely properly within the final version of the Clipper Race. We used a brand new sustainable cowl on the mainsheets to check efficiency and located no distinction in longevity between that and the merchandise used beforehand.

Picture: Race Crew Sophie Owles on Leg 5

“Along with getting used within the fourteen marinas we visited all over the world, the Blue Ocean dockline, which is constructed from 100% recycled plastic, additionally withstood an prolonged time frame holding the vessels alongside within the Philippines for 2 years throughout the covid pandemic. Throughout this time, the strains had been uncovered to the relentless sunshine and seasonal typhoons, but they nonetheless stored the vessels safe with out fault.

“Each Marlow Ropes’ merchandise and repair are glorious, which is a sentiment echoed within the longstanding relationship that the Clipper Race has with them.”

Paul Honess, Gross sales Director at Marlow Ropes added: “We’re very happy with our 20-plus yr partnership with the Clipper Race and are thrilled to see it again in all its glory this yr. The energy in our relationship allows us to proceed innovating and pushing the boundaries of yachting rope know-how.

“The event work and testing we’ve been in a position to do on account of working with the Clipper Race over time have performed a big function in bringing our sustainably manufactured yachting vary to the cruising market, while delivering distinctive efficiency that ensures our ropes are technically and environmentally higher for each the Clipper Race crew and for each sailor utilizing a Marlow cruising line all over the world.”