Carbon fibre helps lighten the load for Americas Cup victors

Paul Boughton

With an epic turnover defending champions Oracle Team USA miraculously won the 34th Americas Cup sailing with totally 9-8 in points, coming back from being down with 1-8. Oxeon, through the proprietary TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fibre reinforcements, is a preferred supplier to the team and have contributed to weight savings and improved mechanical performance on selected composite parts.

Oxeon, a leader in Spread Tow reinforcements sold under the brand name TeXtreme, is a company originating from Sweden focusing on helping companies achieving performance benefits and weight savings through the use of their TeXtreme carbon fibre reinforcement solutions in the composite parts.

Oracle Team USA founder Larry Ellison said: “This was the most magnificent spectacle on the water. These 40-plus knot catamarans are amazing. By going to catamarans we tried to make sailing a bit more extreme, friendlier for the viewing audience. A lot of people weren’t interested in sailing, and now they are.”

The AC72 catamarans used in the 34th Americas Cup races can reach speeds on about 46 knots, which equals 75kph/46mph. The weight of an AC72 wing is the same as a small car, but it is 26 times the height with its 40m/131,2ft.

“We are extremely happy to see Oracle Team USA winning this prestigious title and are glad for whatever part TeXtreme has had in this success. Alongside victories in Formula 1, Tour de France and Stanley Cup we are very proud to add Americas Cup to that list of achievements made by TeXtreme users”, said Andreas Martsman, VP - Marketing & Sales of Oxeon.

Besides Oracle Team USA, TeXtreme is used in the marine industry by selected companies that are benefitting from the increased performance, weight reductions and superior surface smoothness of TeXtreme®=. Other customers can be found in Formula 1, bicycles, ice hockey, NASCAR, advanced aerospace, and various industrial applications, etc.

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