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Araldite Part of Record-Setting Racing Team

11 December 2009

The Safran Open ‘60’ boat, constructed using Araldite 2000 Plus adhesives, has taken top honours in the 2009 Transat Jacques Vabre race.

The team were able to win the race in a little over 15 days and took the race record, completing the course two days faster than the previous race record which was set in 2005.

The monohull racing boat utilised two products from the Araldiate range, Araldite 2031 (a black epoxy adhesive) and Araldite 2022 to bond the boat’s bulkhead to its hull, machined from carbon-nomex sandwich panels. It also used Araldite 2031 to attach key pieces of ironmongery during the build and to build the ballast tank entrance.

Commenting on why Araldite adhesives were chosen, Thierry Eluère, MD of the CNL shipyard where the boat was built by the Safran Group said of the team decision: “We chose Araldite 2000 Plus because of the breadth of the range and the exceptional track record of its products necessary for a responsive racing boat. Our technicians said that they had never come across a structural adhesive quite like Araldite 2031 before.”

Safran Open ‘60’ is a 60 foot long ergonomic boat that took five months to build.

In addition to the Jacques Vabre race, the boat has also completed in the challenging Vendee Globe race and is looking forward to more races in the next season.