Sustainability and innovative Dutch design are the key ingredients in the first IRC- and ORC-designed racer for the Hague Offshore Sailing World Championship 2018 proudly supported by Marlow Ropes. With the launch of the Waarschip W36 Worlds 2018 Edition, a unique project is born and one that Marlow is delighted to support in partnership with their distributor in the Netherlands; On Deck.

Craftsmanship and innovation have driven the W36 team to develop a 36-foot high-performance sail racer, built by specialists focusing on sustainability, packed with innovative concepts, rigged by On-Deck using high performance Marlow lines including D2 Grand Prix 78, M-Rig Max, D2 Racing, Excel D12, Excel Fusion and Excel Racing.

Marlow are pleased to be involved with a project that has sustainability at its’ heart.  The innovative build sees the Waarschip W36 Worlds 2018 Edition as potentially the only reusable and carbon-neutral yacht –potentially a new starting point for the yachting industry and a new standard for sail racers. Using FSC wood treated with biodegradable epoxy, the boat has been ‘baked’ to achieve extra durability. The result is lighter, stronger and more sustainable than the usual composite and carbon materials.

European Sales Manager Graham O’Connor comments:

“We have worked closely with our distributor in the Netherlands for 20 years and through this relationship we are delighted to collaborate on innovative projects that match unique boat-building design with Marlow’s technically superior high performance rope.  We wish the W36 team the very best in the forthcoming Hague Offshore Sailing World Championship in their bid for gold.”

The challenging seawaters of The Hague will host the Offshore Sailing World Championship between 12-20 July 2018, which sees 150 of the best racing teams battle for gold. For this event, the two leading handicap systems IRC and ORC have joined forces, combining two formerly separate competitions into one combined world championship.