Marlow Ropes Announces Official Supplier Status to 36th America’s Cup Challengers INEOS Team UK
January 29, 2019 | posted by Nichola Bushnell
Marlow Ropes, the World-leading British manufacturer of high-performance rope is delighted to announce official supplier status to the British Challenger for the 36thAmerica’s Cup INEOS Team UK. This announcement marks the continuation of the relationship that Marlow have had historically with the British challenger, following their Technical Partnership for the 35thAmerica’s Cup cycle.
This relationship continues to thrive and Marlow will once again be working with the British America’s Cup team led by Sir Ben Ainslie and his technical team to develop bespoke, sustainable rigging solutions to race the latest generation of 75’ monohull foiling Americas Cup Class boats.
INEOS Team UK is skippered by Sir Ben Ainslie, whose relationship with Marlow stretches back many years from its his days of competitive British sailing and Olympic successes, which culminated in winning four Olympic Gold medals for Great Britain.
Innovation is key to the Marlow and INEOS relationship as Leisure Marine Director, Paul Honess comments:
“We are very proud to be the official supplier to INEOS TEAM UK. Our collaboration with the America’s Cup teams in the past has contributed to the development of the Marlow Grand Prix range that is used on the wider race boat circuit at all levels. Developing sustainable products and bespoke rigging solutions that are tested on some of the most demanding systems found on yachts today is crucial to Marlow’s future product innovation.”
Sustainability is of great importance for both the UK rope manufacturer and INEOS Team UK, and 2019 sees Marlow pushing for greater change in the rope industry to drive their reuse, repurpose, recycle mission. This year sees the launch of the first eco-conscious dockline range made from 100% recycled plastic, and the company will be reporting sustainability KPIs for the first time.
Chris Noble, INEOS TEAM UK rigger commented,
“It was an easy decision to partner with Marlow Ropes in our challenge to win the 36thAmericas Cup. As a world leading rope manufacturer the quality of their standard product and development capabilities allows us to work together to fully optimise the rigging on all our platforms.
Noble added; “As a British team it also makes it that much better to partner with a UK manufacturer – we look forward to developing the relationship further over the next few years as we head towards New Zealand”
Marlow’s history in world class British rope manufacturing dates back over 200 years, and has earned its reputation as the world-leading manufacturer of high performance rope. Now the premier sailing rope brand will again be featured in the heart of the most spectacular sailing competition in the world.