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Caterham Composites Knowledge Plays Part in Monohull Transatlantic Record

  • Tuesday, 31st July 2012
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Caterham Composites has played an important role in the development of Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss monohull transatlantic recording setting yacht.

According to Caterham, a team of its engineers has most recently been working with their counterparts at AlTR in Barcelona to help prepare Hugo Boss for the transatlantic crossings, using their knowledge of lightweight structural materials and their applications to reduce weight in the yacht and improve reliability.

Caterham Composites says it joins the multitude of congratulations Alex Thomson and the Alex Thomson Racing team are receiving for setting a new world record after Alex completed the fastest ever single-handed monohull transatlantic crossing from New York to the UK in his Hugo Boss open monohull yacht in just 8 days 22 hours and 8 minutes. Alex beat the old record, set by Bernhard Stamm 10 years ago after leaving New York at 1909 GMT on the 17th July and crossing the finish line at Lizard Point, near Falmouth in Cornwall just 8 days and 22 hours.

Duncan Bell, Managing Director of Caterham Composites commented, “Our partnership with ATR has been a major success for Caterham Composites and we are extremely proud to be joining Alex and the whole team at ATR in celebrating this achievement.

“The partnership with ATR is bringing benefits to both parties. The expertise we bring to the Hugo Boss project is helping ATR perform more efficiently and, in return, we are finding huge scope for our knowledge and skills to be applied to the wider nautical industry.”

Mike Gascoyne, Caterham Group Chief Technical Officer continued “I want to join Duncan in wishing the most sincere congratulations to Alex and the team at ATR for this incredible achievement. To have played a part in helping Alex set this new world record is a proud moment for everyone at Caterham Composites and I am sure it is the first of many similar good news stories we will be talking about for many years to come.”

Alex Thomson said, “It’s been a long few days since setting off from New York. When I started I had no idea if I was going to do it. It has been hard with problems with broken equipment and a lack of sleep but it is amazing to have broken it by such a margin and I am very happy to be sharing this moment with the team at Caterham Composites for their on-going support in this campaign and our future endeavors.”

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