Sailing people love to make comparisons between yacht racing and motorsport, and there are a lot of things that are similar. There are some big differences though – one of them being manufacturer support. Though the auto industry is in a bit of trouble at the moment, there are still good reasons why manufacturers go racing – the hope is that it sells more cars. Of course, manufacturers of car components also heavily back motorsport, as providing the bits that make the winning car win is great marketing.
While sailing’s boat manufacturers are largely uninterested in racing, those who make the components of winning yachts can benefit from real-world R&D as well as the positive brand effects of providing the winners with reliable equipment.
Future Fibres is celebrating again, after news of Mike Golding’s third place in the Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV), confirmed another impressive first, second and third for the Valencia based composite rigging specialist.
First to finish was Marc Guillemot, on the ultra lightweight Safran, which arrived at 09:52:10 on Tuesday, 15 days, 19 hours, 22 minutes and 10 seconds after setting off from Le Havre. And although not managing to beat the course record, Safran’s skipper, Marc Guillemot, admitted this was the hardest race of his 30 year career.
Talking about what it means to be so heavily involved with the TJV and the race industry, Future Fibres CEO, Ewan McLellan, remarked:
“We are delighted that our latest PBO rigging continues to lead the world of yacht racing at the very highest level. This is the ‘race of the year ‘so it was important for us to gain a strong result and you can’t do much better than 1st, 2nd and 3rd!”
Next to cross the finish line off Costa Rica was Kito De Pavant’s Groupe Bel, which features a deck spreader rig and a full set of optimised Future Fibres PBO rigging. Arriving less than nine hours after Safran, in brisk winds and afternoon sunshine, the duo’s constant high speeds were not quite enough in the end, finishing 8 hours 40 minutes and 20 seconds behind Marc Guillemot and Charles Caudrelier-Bénac’s Safran.