With the arrival of Team Sanya this afternoon, the whole fleet is now docked in Downtown Miami and we took the opportunity to meet all shore crews at the Bicentennial Park and discuss the performance of the products after 6 legs having 3 more legs to cover. The battle is still open for at least four teams (Team Telefonica, Groupama Sailing Team, Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand and Puma Ocean Racing by Berg).
Some of the tapes applied before the start in Alicante are still on the mast and they will probably survice to the 39270 nautical miles till the arrival in Galway. All teams stressed the two essential points of the solutions required and provided: performance and lightness.
Research & Innovation team has gathered very useful information, essential for the continuos performance program of PROtect tapes.
PROtect tapes is widely used on the Volvo 70 but each team is taking a different approach about chafing, friction and abrasion.
The only common products for all team are PMF076965330 and PMF125965330, glass coated PTFE used with silocon adhesive as mold release that has been used for the boat construction, during the stopover for small repair and in the few unforeseen pit stops.
PROtect CHAFE is used on the mast, on the deck and on the daggerboards and PROtect MASK on the rigging.
This is the list of the products normally used on the V70 (plus some tailor made products developed for some of teams):
PROtect CHAFE in various widths and lenghts
All mast will be stepped on 14th to be ready for the Pro-Am race scheduled for May 18th, followed by the In-port race and the departure to Lisbon.
PROtect tapes is official supplier of Team Telefonica and we proudly made available the new 49er kit to Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernández who will represent Spain in London 2012.