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New Dyneema grade makes its maiden voyage onboard ABN AMRO ONE and Pirates of the Caribbean

DSM Coating Resins : 25 July, 2006  (New Product)
Making its debut in the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, new Dyneema SK78 fiber from DSM Dyneema proved its superior performance under extreme conditions. The new grade of super-strong polyethylene was used in the running rigging of the two world-class yachts, ABN AMRO ONE and Pirates of the Caribbean, that finished first and second, respectively.
Dyneema SK78 fiber delivers improved stability under static loads for better performance and longer life in exceptionally demanding conditions such as the nine-month Volvo Ocean Race.

The Pirates of the Caribbean entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, The Black Pearl, was the first of the new class of Volvo Open 70 yacht designs to adopt running rigging made with Dyneema SK 78, which the team used throughout the entire race. The ABN AMRO ONE team switched a portion of its boat’s rigging to the new material partway through the race.

Skipper Paul Cayard and his team of professionals were a late entry in the Volvo Ocean Race and had limited preparation time compared to the competition, therefore they relied on the expertise of suppliers, such as DSM Dyneema and Gottifredi Maffioli, who manufactured the Dyneema SK78 based running rigging used on the Black Pearl, to achieve optimal performance. By working together and combining state of the art materials such as Dyneema SK 78, the Pirates of the Caribbean were well prepared for the challenges they faced as they raced around the world.

Winning the final leg and finishing second overall in the Volvo Ocean Race, Cayard recognized the insight and support DSM Dyneema and Gottifredi Maffioli provided, 'Our success in the Volvo Ocean Race was a team effort. Working with expert suppliers such as Gottifredi Maffioli and DSM Dyneema gave us complete confidence in our running rigging throughout the Volvo Ocean Race,' said Cayard.

Roy Heiner, Technical Director of Team ABN AMRO, also commented: “In the extreme conditions of offshore races like the Volvo Ocean Race, small differences in material performance can determine the fine line between winning and losing. Team ABN AMRO has proven successful in combining the best hull design, best performance materials and a very talented team.”

Luigi Maffioli, Managing Director, Gottifredi Maffioli, said: “The partnership between the Pirates of the Caribbean, DSM Dyneema and our company has paid off in this race and we are looking forward to new market-driven innovations in the future.”

Bill Fretwell of Australian/New Zealand rope manufacturer Donaghys - Southern Ocean Ropes was responsible for the rigging supplied to the ABN AMRO ONE yacht and commented, “The new Dyneema SK78 enables us to manufacture lines for running rigging that meet the needs of the most demanding sailing teams.”

While preserving the highest strength-to-weight ratio, high modulus and resistance to abrasion and chemicals of other Dyneema grades, the new material adds improved creep performance. This property results in better performance and extended service life. Ropes made from Dyneema, already widely used for many years in yachting, are 30 to 40 percent lighter than aramid ropes of the same strength and only half the weight of polyester ropes. In addition to use in halyards and sheets, Dyneema SK78 can be used in backstays and standing rigging for performance cruisers.
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