Barton Marine has announced that its Kevlar and Carbon fibre protection pads are currently being tested by the Spindrift racing team.
Based in Saint Philibert near La Trinite sur Mer in Brittany, the team is led by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard and is made of five multihulls tailored for racing: a D35 catamaran, a GC 32 trimaran Spindrift, a MOD70 trimaran Spindrift, a Diam 24 trimaran Spindrift and the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2.
Spindrift 2 (formerly Banque Populaire V), now sponsored by Mirabaud Zenith and Genes-X, is currently the largest offshore racing trimaran in the world at 40m (130ft) in length.
Skippered by Yann Guichard and owned by Dona Bertarelli and Spindrift Racing, the team is currently attempting to break the world record for sailing around the world.
To break the record and win the Jules Verne Trophy (JVT), Spindrift 2 will have to circumnavigate the globe in less than 45 days, 13 hours and 43 minutes, a record originally set by the French skipper Loick Peyron with Banque Populaire V in 2012.
Spindrift 2 was in a dry dock in Brittany in early 2015 for a 5-month reconfiguration refit for the JVT challenge, including the construction of a new 42-metre carbon fibre mast.
The original mast design was shortened by 6m for Yann Guichard to manage the boat single-handedly in the 2014 Route du Rhum race in which he achieved a second place in line honours.
During the training phase and build up for the Jules Verne attempt, the vessel undertook over 40,000 nautical miles of racing and training, participated in the 46th Fastnet Race in August 2015 and was the first to cross the finish line in Plymouth.
Spindrift Racing, a French-Swiss team, is aimed to optimise performance by using the marine industry’s top technical and engineering solutions.
Commenting on the news, the company says in a statement: “Barton Marine are very pleased that the new technical pads, technology born from the world of Formula One race cars, are being tested to extremes by a sailing race team at the top of their game.”
Produced with a special high performance 3M pressure sensitive adhesive backing, the new wear pads provide resistance to edge lifting, immersion and exposure to salt water. The pads are flexible, can be cut to size and will conform to curved or flat surfaces, they are ideal for preventing blocks and lines from damaging the deck and gelcoat.