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Marlow Ropes Rope-Show Education Workshops inspire next generation at Volvo Gill Optimist Nationals

by Emma Donovan, Marlow Ropes 10 Aug 2018 09:55 BST 4-10 August 2018
Marlow Rope-Show Education Workshops at the Volvo Gill Optimist British National and Open Championships © Marlow Ropes

As part of Marlow's commitment to youth sailing, we are pleased to be working with the International Optimist Association Class at their key events this year to deliver education workshops on ropecare and splicing. This August they have supported them at the Volvo Gill Optimist British National and Open Championships which welcomed 370 sailors from across the UK and rest of the world.

In between sailing and competing, the IOCA fleet and their parents took part in workshops held by Marlow's David Mossman, and they were delighted to see plenty of star splicers completing their first Dyneema strops, locking splices, diamond knots and soft shackles.

Marlow's UK Sales Manager David Mossman commented: "We're really excited that we can share our knowledge and passion with sailors as young as 8 in the Optimist class and in doing so, we are empowering them to make informed decisions about what is right for their boats, and ultimately this will have an effect on their performance."

He continues "It's been a delight to work with IOCA this week, we have taught over 80 adults and young sailors to splice Dyneema strops and everyone produced a kicker /sprit strop with a tapered locking splice during their sessions. They are now all keen to do all the splicing on their own boats and we hope to continue working with both the opi's and the young generations in other classes so that these skills stay with them throughout their sailing journeys."

With a history dating back to 1807 and known as one of the world's leading rope manufacturers, Marlow have led the way in engineering quality rope using exotic fibres for various applications across Leisure Marine. As official suppliers to the British and US sailing teams and as a partner to many of the top sailors and competitive race teams in the industry, their products and reputation have been developed as a result of staying at the cutting edge of the sport, and it is this insight that is now being shared with all types of sailors across the generations.

Marlow looks forward to sharing this technical knowledge through a new education platform which sees them deliver a series of roadshow style 'Rope-Shows' at UK Sailing clubs in 2018 and 2019 with the event programme launching at Southampton Boat Show this September.

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