We have supplied sustainable custom ropes, with a core in Dyneema® Bio-Based, for the running rigging of the stunning Ecoracer 30 One Design: the world’s first recyclable monotype, developed by Italian startup Northern Light Composites.
NLcomp launched the new Ecoracer OD 30 last July at The Ocean Race Grand Finale in Genoa. It is the world’s first recyclable production sailing boat, a one-design with distinctly sporty characteristics which will have a dedicated race circuit: the Ecoracer Sailing Series, but which can also be used in inshore and offshore ORC regattas.
But, above all, it is the world’s first one-design boat built with a recyclable hull. Northern Light Composites has indeed developed a composite material made of thermoplastic resin Elium, which is used with linen or carbon depending on the areas of the boat. This material can be melted at the end of its life, thus separating it from the fibers that can be reused.
Armare Ropes has been supporting the Ecoracer project since 2021 when we were a technical partner of the Ecoracer 769 project. Likewise, we provided the running rigging for the new Ecoracer 30 OD, developing innovative custom ropes with Dyneema® SK78 “Bio-Based” cores for all on-board manoeuvers.
Dyneema® SK78 Bio-Based, derived from Polyethylene polymers obtained from renewable bio-based sources, has a remarkably lower carbon footprint —90% less than generic HMPE— Bio-based Dyneema® fiber and maintains the same exceptional qualities as conventional Dyneema® including impressive strength, excellent cut and abrasion resistance and heightened durability against chemicals and UV.