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[cleeng_content id=”955278869″ description=”99 cents or 10,000 hours. The path to being an expert can be easy or hard. ” price=”0.99″]Germany & UK. Gleistein confirmed as Rope Supplier for TEAMORIGIN 34th America’s Cup challenge

There are certain things on a boat that are quite important – like ropes. Gleistein is the oldest family-owned industrial enterprise in the Hanseatic city of Bremen, perhaps not the most obvious choice for TEAMORIGIN, the British  Team intending to challenge for the 34th America’s Cup, but Gleistein has been selected as the “Official Rope Supplier” by TEAMORIGIN for 2010.

Gleistein will supply all rigging as TEAMORIGIN prepares its challenge for the world’s oldest and sailing’s most prestigious sporting trophy.

TEAMORIGIN recently announced the appointment of an environmental manger as part of their Race for Change, a partnership with the Carbon Trust tha aims to use sailing to increase awareness about environmental issues. ‘Race for Change’ will create opportunities commercial partners to support the sporting bid as well as demonstrate their commitment to fighting climate change.

Pushing the boundaries of technology while delivering an environmental message is going to be a challenge. While the sport is powered by the wind, the materials used in modern yacht racing are complicated man-made compounds with very long half lives. As the Gleistein website says:

“…High-strength fibres are also extremely versatile and form the basis of our broad range of products…  optically similar, but technically far superior natural fibre substitutes. Real natural fibres now play hardly any role in the yacht ropes sector.”



Aigle becomes official supplier of technical clothing for Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges.

More environmental positioning in the announcement that Aigle will provide Derek Hatfield gear for the Velux 5 Oceans Race, which starts in October.

Aigle is actively involved in perpetual recycling and fully support the “Eco Circle” concept, the closed-loop recycling system for certain polyester products. Through recycling, you can help reduce waste and oil consumption. “Eco Circle” reduces energy and carbon-dioxide emissions by one-fifth compared with production or raw polyester material from petroleum. Aigle recognizes its responsibility to protect the environment by committing to minimize the ecological impact, both through behavior, design and development of products.

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OC Technology Announced as Partner of the Global Ocean Race.

The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 is has entered into a partnership with OC Technology.  Two OC Tracker units will be supplied for each Class40 entered in the Global Ocean Race.

The OC Tracker system uses the constellation of 66 Iridium satellites providing total global coverage for the duration of the race with a delay of between 30 seconds to three minutes at a scheduled reporting time for a yacht’s position, COG, SOG and DTF to be registered on the system’s secure server. The OC Tracker will be linked with the Global Ocean Race Geovoile Race Viewer providing precise data every six hours on the Global Ocean Race website.

Josh Hall, Race Director says:

“With OC Technology onboard as Race Partners we can be sure that our primary safety mechanism is of the highest standards. The massive side benefit of a top quality tracking system is that race followers can watch the event unfold on their screens via the Race Viewer which will show the boat’s positions, tracks and a wealth of other pertinent data.”