In four weeks from now Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand will be the first on the starting line to be the Challenger of the America’s Cup but at the same time PROtect tapes will be with Sebastien Roubinet and Vincent Berthet.
They are going to cross the Arctic Ocean, through water and ice, with only the wind and their own stamina to carry them. The departure is set from Point Barrow (Alaska) with arrival in Spitsbergen (Norway) via the North Pole, after nearly 3000 km (1750 nautical miles).
They will be aboard a very peculiar vessel, a catamaran/ice boat hybrid capable of sailing on both water and ice.  
When the winds will be favorable, the sails will be able to carry them; otherwise they will need to tow the boat themselves for two, maybe three months… without any external assistance. 

PROtect tapes is Official Supplier and has developped special products applied under the boat to reduce the friction between the hull and the ice, able to resist to water, low temperatures, extreme conditions and time (3 months).

What is their and our motivation? Several reasons: a technological bet, a sporting challenge requiring extraordinary physical and mental health, and love of the Polar Regions. Love, and therefore fear for those countries threatened by recent climate changes.

To follow them

Wild Oats XI is once again the winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart.
Mark Richard’s crew has repeated its historic performance of 2005, securing the treble of Line Honours, Overall Winner and Race Record with a finishing time of 1 day 18 hours 23 minutes and 12 seconds sliced 16 minutes 58 seconds off her own record.
PROtect tapes is proud supplier of the winner and many competing yachts taking part to the race closing the sailing season.

The excellent performance of Wild Oats XI is the cherry of the cake of a fantastic year for PROtect tapes started with the new record set by Loik Peyron on Banque Populaire V on January 6th, 2012 after 45 days, 13 hours and 42 minutes around the globe.
The list of 2012 achievements is extremely long 
-4 gold medals London 2012 (Star, 470M, Laser, 49er)
-European and World Championship 49er
-Extreme 40 Series
-TP52 Super Series
-Volvo Ocean Race
-America’s Cup World Series
-Maxi World Cup
-Swan Cup

-…and many others…including our friends François Gabart and Armel Le Cléac´h are getting closer to Cape Horn.

Today, we took the opportunity to meet all friends, sailors and partners in our flagship store in Rimini tossing to a fantastic fading out 2012. 

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