One of the twelve teams competing in the Clipper 13-14 Race made history this weekend, after setting a new Guinness World Record for world’s longest chain of reef knots tied in one hour by two people.
Team OneDLL went onto exceed the original target set by the Guinness World Record of 800 and tied an impressive 1,383 reef knots in one hour setting a brand new world record on Saturday. Although only two members of the team were able to tie the knots, the whole team were involved in the challenge which included tensioning, handing rope, labelling and photographing the reef knots.
Olly Cotterell, skipper for OneDLL who will lead his team of amateur sailors around the world during the 40,000-mile race, said, “I am so proud of the whole team, everyone worked so hard to achieve something remarkable.
“I would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the world record attempt, especially Marlow Ropes who donated the rope and made setting a new world record possible. I’d now urge everyone now to come along to Race Start and buy one of the reef knot bracelets, and support an incredible charity.”
The record breaking event took place as part of the of the team OneDLL’s official team building weekend, ahead of the 40,000-mile, 11 month ocean challenge. The team’s reef knot challenge raised over £4,460 for the Clipper 13-14 Race Official Charity, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
Paul Honess, Leisure and Marine Sales Director for Marlow Ropes, was quick to offer his congratulations, “Well done to the team. It is certainly one of the most unusual records we have been involved in. From everyone at Marlow we wish the team all the best on their next challenge, circumnavigating the globe during the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Race.”
Once the challenge is fully verified by the Guinness World Record the chain of reef knots will be made into individual bracelets and sold at the Clipper 13-14 Race Start. The bracelets will be available to purchase on the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust stand at St Katharine Docks, London where all the proceeds will be donated to the trust.