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Monohull Shatters 24 Hour Record and Wins 1st Leg of Volvo Ocean Race

  • Monday, 1st December 2008
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Ericsson Racing Team’s second race boat ‘Ericsson 4’, built using a range of ACG’s advanced carbon fibre products, succeeded in sailing 602 nautical miles in 24 hours, thereby breaking the previous record of 542 for a monohull.

This event, which is subject to ratification from the World Sailing Speed Record Council, beats the previous record set by another boat ’ABN AMRO TWO’, which was also built from ACG’s materials.

Presently, no other boats in the fleet have surpassed the old ABM AMRO TWO record so, subject to ratification, Torben Grael and the Ericsson 4 crew are claiming to have shattered the 24-hour record.

Fluid as events of this nature often are, on the tranquil morning of 2nd November, on Table Bay – South Africa, skipper Torben Grael and Ericsson Racing Team’s International crew on Ericsson 4 became the overall leaders in the Volvo Ocean Race when they won Leg 1 at 0554 GMT. Ericsson 4 earned 8 points for the leg victory, which the team attained with an elapsed time of 21 days, 17 hours and 54 minutes, and currently leads the overall standings with 14 points. Ericsson 4 ghosted across the finish line under Table Mountain whilst flying full sail on a calm sea.

Then, on 3rd November, Swedish skipper Anders Lewander led Ericsson Racing Team’s Nordic crew on Ericsson 3 to third place. The crew finished on the morning of the 3rd at 0408 GMT with an elapsed time of 22 days, 16 hours and 8 minutes. Ericsson 3’s finish completed a solid start to the circumnavigation race for Ericsson Racing Team.

Ericsson 4 and Ericsson 3 were built using ACG’s VTM264 – the Group’s long out life, intermediate viscosity epoxy resin matrix prepreg, and its associated VTA260 film adhesive.

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