Over the last six months, the Clipper Race fleet of twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts has been given a makeover of mighty proportions in preparation for the Clipper 2017-18 Race.
In addition to major works during this refit, the Maintenance Team is also carrying out the usual servicing, replacements, re-rigging, upgrades and improvements, including the application of Coppercoat Antifoul to the hulls.
Each Clipper 70 is having its current antifoul slurry blasted off to apply the long-lasting recycled copper antifoul, which is making its debut as the first Official Antifoul Supplier for the eleventh race edition.
Coppercoat is made from recycled copper and renowned as the strongest copper based antifouling available, through its combination of solvent-free epoxy resin and the high purity (99%) copper. It is the only antifoul that exposes active copper, allowing the underwater surface to withstand the unrelenting attack of a wide variety of fouling organisms the fleet will encounter. It will also provide less drag from its smooth surface and long lasting clean hull, which will provide better performance during the eleven-month race campaign.
With a proven lifespan of at least ten years, this will eliminate the need to re-antifoul and provide the added benefit of low-maintenance and long-term reduced costs.
Did you know?
- The fleet of twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts are currently being painted with Coppercoat, which will cover a combined area of approximately 1700m2, the equivalent of more than eight tennis courts.
- This process involves the use of 1000kg of copper, more than the weight of the England Rugby team scrum.
- The total volume of paint to be used is 650 litres – the equivalent of approximately six baths, or nearly 2000 cans of Coke.
The Clipper 70 fleet is currently in the process of its refit in preparation for the race which starts this summer. Each of the twelve ocean racers are being lifted and refitted and you can check out images of the Coppercoat application process here.