Marlow Ropes Ties Up Deal For a Sixteenth Year With The Clipper Race

06 January 2017

There will be no need to show Marlow the ropes for the Clipper 2017-18 Race, as the UK based global manufacturer is signing on for the eighth time as our Official Rope Supplier.

“We are the perfect partner for the Clipper Race,” says Jon Mitchell, Marlow Ropes Managing Director.

“A circumnavigation is one of the toughest feats in world sport. To do this as an amateur, even if you are in the hands of professionals, takes courage and determination. That’s why we take pride in our partnership with the Clipper Race, an event that tests the endurance of the participants and our product.”

Marlow Ropes will once again be providing each of the fleet’s twelve Clipper 70-foot yachts with over 40,000 metres of high quality ropes for the 2017-18 edition of the race.

To rig just one boat, excluding spares, takes 1,415 metres of rope, weighing 191kg. Old fashioned ropes would weigh around 271kg, but thanks to Marlow Ropes’ use of modern fibres such as Dyneema, teams will enjoy around a 30 per cent weight reduction for their eleven-month epic race round the world.

“We have chosen to continue to partner with Marlow Ropes for an eighth consecutive race due to their ability to combine leading edge manufacturing techniques with the constant development of new fibres,” says Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

“We look forward to working together once again to create another extraordinary experience for our crew.”

In order to help the Clipper 2017-18 Race crew prepare for the adventure of a lifetime, Marlow Ropes will have experts on hand to give rope care and splicing advice during training. This will help the crew get the maximum lifespan and efficiency out of the running rigging during their 40,000 nautical race across the world’s oceans.

The Clipper 2017-18 Race Crew will also be able to test out their skills at Marlow Ropes’ knot tying display at the Clipper Race stand at the London Boat Show, which runs from January 6 – 15 at ExCel, London.

For more information about Marlow Ropes and its products, please visit

If you would like be a part of the Clipper 2017-18 Race and race the world’s oceans, contact our Crew Recruitment Team here or call +44 (0) 2392526 000.

You can now relive all the action of the Clipper 2015-16 Race as our TV series Race of Their Lives 2 is now available to order on DVD.

The seven-part human adventure series box set which contains four high quality DVD discs with seven one hour (52 minute) episodes of the TV series, plus bonus ‘My Story’ videos, can be ordered at for £24.95 Inc. VAT.

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