Coppercoat is the world’s only water-based and VOC-free antifoul on the market, this copper-rich epoxy system is designed to repel marine fouling in all waters and commonly remains effective for at least ten years.
For long distance ocean racing, a clean hull is of paramount importance. By the midway point in previous races, the entire Clipper Race fleet required lifting so the tired antifoul paint could be replaced with fresh product. But using Coppercoat has eliminated the need for this work and expense.
Ahead of the upcoming 2023-24 edition, Ewan Clark, Coppercoat Director said: “We are delighted to be working with Clipper Round the World Yacht Race once again.
“The yachts that make up the fleet were first treated with Coppercoat in 2016. Since then they have completed both the 2017-18 and 2019-20 editions of the Clipper Race– a total of 80,000 nautical miles of hard offshore racing, per boat. With these yachts now being lifted and prepared for the forthcoming 2023-24 race it has become clear that the original Coppercoat treatments are still in fantastic condition, and re-painting is still not required.
“Before our partnership with the Clipper Race, the entire fleet would be painted with fresh anti-foul prior to each race, and again at the mid-way stage in Australia. By switching to Coppercoat, this time consuming and costly exercise has been eliminated, with the treatments being effective for three circumnavigations (120,000 NM) and 8 years. To partner with Clipper Round the World and feel part of the adventure, all-be-it from the comfortable surroundings of the Coppercoat offices, is both a privilege and a pleasure and we very much look forward to watching the Clipper 2023-24 Race competitors battle for the honours.”
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