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.
“Knowing that Coppercoat could help the fleet to sail around the world more efficiently, it become clear that this was an event we should support,” explains Ewan Clark, Coppercoat Director.
“When developing Coppercoat, we set out to produce the most hard wearing and long lasting coating available. For us, an antifoul is about endurance as well as performance. These are just some of the qualities required by Clipper Race crew; ordinary people with a desire to show they can perform at a high level for extended periods whilst simultaneously enduring everything the ocean can throw at them.
Image: (L-R) Clipper Race CEO William Ward OBE, Coppercoat Director Jayson Kenny, Clipper Race Chairman and Founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston celebrate announcement of two-race partnership.
“The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is one of the best-known events in sailing, and one of very few with true global reach. Being a global business ourselves, it provides us with the perfect opportunity to showcase our product in existing, emerging, and indeed new market places.
On the conclusion of Coppercoat’s debut as Official Antifoul Supplier and ahead of the Clipper 2019-20 Race, Ewan Clark added: “We have of course made it clear that we will touch up the coating on the race boat hulls if required, but this emphatically hasn’t been necessary as yet.”
"Based on the unsullied condition of the Coppercoat on those hulls, supported by the innumerable positive testimonies we’ve accumulated over almost three decades of trading, there’s every reason to suggest that the original coating we applied in 2017 will last not only throughout the 2019-20 race, but will also see out the 2021-22 event. Its coat-and-forget properties represent their own ringing endorsement.”
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