AkzoNobel has entered into a two-year partnership to supply the Extreme Sailing Series an annual global stadium racing circuit featuring some of the latest high performance hull coatings.
Bringing the action to a larger public with sailing close to shore, and dramatically increasing the pace on the water, the adrenaline-fuelled sailing event offers a fresh approach to the sport of sailing.
The Extreme 40 catamarans will be applied with AkzoNobel's Awlgrip yacht coating and are capable of reaching very high speeds even in moderate wind conditions. Flying a hull in as little as eight knots of breeze, the 12 metre long carbon speed machine requires coordination, but also sheer muscular power from the crews during races that do not exceed 15-20 minutes.
AkzoNobel provides its Awlgrip yacht coatings that offer technical expertise, high performance and aesthetics to the fleet of Extreme 40 catamarans raced in the series.
Conrad Keijzer, executive committee member for performance coatings, explains: “apart from the Series being an exciting event to watch and to participate in as a sailor, the races represent a great opportunity to demonstrate the high performance of our yacht coatings to sailing fans around the globe.”
Adds Andy Tourell, project director of the Extreme Sailing Series: “it is fantastic to have the support of AkzoNobel in a multi-year deal to further strengthen our growing family of Series partners. The support they can provide to the Extreme 40 teams will be a huge benefit during their annual refit period.”
The AkzoNobel yacht coatings business continues to provide sustainable solutions to boatyards and boat builders meeting the high performance expectations of boat owners.