MARLOW ROPES AWARDED AS CLIPPER RACE IMPACT CHAMPIONS 2023
In December, we were pleased to be the official name sponsor of Clipper Race 4 ‘The Roaring Forties’ as the Clipper fleet took on the Southern Indian Ocean, making the 4,750nm crossing from Cape Town, South Africa to Fremantle, Western Australia.
Following their safe arrival in Fremantle we were delighted to invite our friends from W A Rigging Fremantle, to represent Marlow at the official Prizegiving and award the various Marlow Ropes prizes for Best Ropework and the podium finishes for the Marlow Roaring Forties Challenge ocean sprint.
Known as one of the most inhospitable places on the planet, the Roaring Forties threw just about every weather condition possible at the fleet – ferocious seas, swells, waves and freezing temperatures. As Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said:
“When you see the crew come into Fremantle, you’ll see them stand a little taller, a little more confident and self-assured. Because they’ve done it. They’ve been in the Roaring Forties; they’ve had their turn sailing through the Roaring Forties. Not many people have done it, so they will become part of an elite and something very special in sailing terms.”
Impact Champion Award Winners
As a new addition to the Prizegiving (and much to our delight!) Marlow Ropes (received by Dr Dianne McGrath, our Marlow Ambassador) was presented with the Impact Champion Award, designed to recognise any person or entity that has had an impact upon the Clipper Race ecosystem in any capacity.
“The Leg 3 Impact Award was awarded to Marlow Ropes for being a trailblazer in sustainable innovation. With a legacy spanning over two centuries, Marlow Ropes has been at the forefront of cutting-edge developments in rope manufacturing and was recognised for its dedication to environmental responsibility, innovative solutions, and remarkable contributions to making oceans cleaner and safer.”
Mark Light, Clipper Race Director.
Best Ropework Awards
Following this, it was our turn to give out the awards (thanks to our friends WA Rigging for their help in representing us!) At the start of the Marlow Roaring Forties challenge, we asked all crew to showcase their most innovative ropework skills. Special mentions go to Yacht Club Punta del Este’s entry that showcased Jorge’s impressive knowledge of whipping the Yankee sheets to prolong the life of the ropes, PSP Logistics very elegant rope dancer, and UNICEF’s festive Christmas rope-wreath!
But for embodying Marlow Rope’s values of sustainability by upcycling Marlow Rope fibres to fix the reefing lines in place on the boom, the winner of the Marlow Ropes award was Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam.
Racing Results for Race 4
Over to the racing and keeping everyone on the edge of their seats ahead of the grand reveal of the Ocean Sprint, first on the lineup was the Scoring Gate. Emerging from a well-timed Stealth Mode just as they slipped through the gate, it was Dare To Lead who took the top three points. Race 4 winners Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam took second place and two additional points, and Our Isles and Oceans took the last point up for grabs when they crossed third.
Image: Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam receive Ocean Sprint pennant from Stephen and Christian from WA Rigging, on behalf of Marlow Ropes