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Flying over the water: Evonik brings high-tech sailing to a new level

News International-French

8 Jun 2016

The German-Danish TeamGaebler and the specialty chemicals company Evonik from Essen have joined forces to bring high-tech sailing to a new level.

The new SpeedFoiler is an ultra-lightweight, foiling catamaran that will achieve exceptional performance. The latest carbon fiber and composite technology make it possible to fly over the water.

The specialty chemicals company Evonik offers a broad portfolio of composite and raw materials. These are, for example, sold under the brand names Vestamin, Vestanat, Nanapox and Rohacell and such composite applications can be processed in parts of the fiber, in the plastic matrix and the foam core. Furthermore, the company has the necessary raw materials as well as the extensive processing and process know-how. With various raw materials and additives from Evonik, composites are incredibly stable despite their light weight.

The SpeedFoiler has the dimensions of a C-class multihull: The length is 7.62 m, and the width is 4.26 m. The mast height is 12 m. Thanks to the extremely lightweight materials and the revolutionary design of the SpeedFoiler, it will be possible to start races from 1 knot on. The upper wind limit will be around 30 knots. Martin Fischer, an eminently respected multihull and hydrofoil designer, worked on the project.

To start with, Roland and Nahid Gaebler will use this boat to participate in some established regattas. Later, their own racing series is planned, the FoilingWorldCup- a new, professional sailboat racing series with 10 tour stops in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and America.

Evonik Industries manufactures a range of products that can be found in almost all components of fiber-reinforced composites. We supply core materials for sandwich construction, thermoplastic and thermosetting resin matrices, as well as the essential components for matrices such as crosslinkers, catalysts, impact strength modifiers or processing and process additives. Some of these products are used in sizings for glass or carbon fibers, and in adhesives for joining fiber-reinforced composites. Our experts in fiber-reinforced composites think “systems,” not “products.” According to the philosophy: when you work with us, you have the support of the entire team of specialists at Evonik. In short, you talk to one, you talk to all.

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