It’s very nice to supply tapes to super yachts 180′ long, AC72, IMOCA60, etc but at the beginning of the year, we have decided to develop something special for the smallest boat, just LOA 2.35, less than 8ft. The challenge was to put together a kit for a boat where abrasion and friction are limited because the sail size, the number of ropes and loads. Applying the same approach used for Moth and 49er we have approached the best sailors (Singapore Team and his coach Fernando Alegre) and work hard to develop effective solutions, we spent time in designing the shape, modifying some adhesives, creating special dies for the PTFE disks.
After the Europeans in Hungary, we spent several days with 5 fantastic kids (always smiling) and his coach, fine tuning the products for the Worlds, we did 5000 km from the factory to Riva to give them the best possible solutions. Fernando is the most demanding partner we ever had, looking for the best possible solutions with no compromises, shaving microns, grams if not necessary.
Singapore team was the only team using our products and racing against 58 nations coming from 5 continents.
Loh Jia Yi is the 2013 World Championship sharing the podium with Tan Edward (3rd), just in front of Han Bertha (4th and female World Champion). 6th is Koh Yi Khun then Mod Fathin (silver medal in female World Champion).
Singapore won the Team World Championship title too against (sorry to say) Italy.
It was a great experience and we would like to thank the kids, Singapore Sailing and Fernando for the opportunity given to PROtect tapes.
Optimist Kit will be available from August 5th.