Raffica Sailing Team supported by Marlow Ropes

Marlow Welcomes Raffica Sailing Team to their family of elite Ambassador Sailing Teams

Co-sponsorship with Hungarian Leisure Marine distributor Rigging.hu.

In a new partnership for the 2024 summer sail season, Marlow Ropes are pleased to welcome Raffica Sailing Team to their family of elite Ambassador Sailing Teams, co-sponsored through Hungarian distributor Rigging.hu.  Raffica is a titan of European lakes sailing and the undisputed dominator of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, Swiss Sailing’s flagship regatta.

Skippered by Zsolt Kiraly, they achieved a hat-trick of wins in 2019, 2021 and 2022.  Raffica is an impressive monohull with her fifteen crew members, including ten on the trapeze.

The 84th edition of Bol d’Or Mirabaud was particularly challenging for the team after they suffered a 2:1 halyard block failure, severing the main halyard.  Urgent reparations were made and the team rallied to achieve a formidable second in the monohull ranking.  With lessons learned and motivation at an all-time high, there is no doubt that Raffica,  supported and rigged by Marlow Ropes and LinePlex will be back to claim victory next year.

Raffica is rigged with D12 SK78 & SK99, D12 Max 99, D2 Racing and D2 Grand Prix.

European Sales Manager David Mossman comments:

“This is a fantastic three-year partnership for Marlow Ropes Europe.  The extremities and challenges of European lakes racing is a superb test-bed for our Grand Prix Racer products. With a strong central Europe distribution network established, Marlow’s visibility across the European sailing spectrum continues to grow.  This year really highlighted the challenges that can take place during high-performance lakes sailing, yet the resilience and expertise of the Raffica team still achieved a podium-worthy performance.”

Rigging.hu co-sponsor Vajk Vajtai comments:

“It is a real treat for us to work with the team on their delicate yet powerful rig. The support from Marlow Ropes fuels Team Raffica’s dedication in keeping the boat’s legacy alive. The high performance and custom MGP ropes are fitted to harness the power of the whole system converting it to speed and ultimately to win races.”

Images credits: @brigipix