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Press Release

Kempen, September 2nd, 2004

DIMENSION-POLYANT Sailcloth wins multiple Olympic Medals

After two weeks of thrilling racing in the waters of Athens, the Olympic Games have ended. In almost every Olympic class, sailcloth from DIMENSION-POLYANT helped to win medals.

In the men’s 470 class, sailors from the USA won the Gold medal, followed by the British with the Silver medal while the Japanese team scored Bronze. Mains and jibs for all three medallists were made from 165 Square HTP from DIMENSION-POLYANT.

In the Women’s 470 class, 165 Square HTP also contributed to the Gold medal winning Greek team.

In the Finn class the Aramid laminate e04 helped win Gold, Silver and Bronze. The brilliant Englishman Ben Ainslie won his third Olympic medal, followed by sailors from Spain and Poland.

Also in the 49er class, which demands the most acrobatic skills, first place went to laminate sailcloth from DIMENSION-POLYANT.

A similar pleasing picture is DIMENSION-POLYANT’s view at the medal scoreboard of the King of Olympic classes, the Star boat. The Star has the longest history of all Olympic equipments and has been used since 1932 – with only one exception in 1976. At the games in Athens HTP plus styles from DIMENSION-POLYANT were used by all medal winners. Nearly unbeatable, Torben Grael and his partner Marcelo Ferreira from Brazil won the Gold, which was his fifth Olympic medal, setting an exceptional record. Silver went to Ross Macdonald from Canada and Frenchman Xavier Rohart enjoys his Bronze medal.

DIMENSION-POLYANT has also had a very successful 2003/2004 season in Offshore Racing. One highlight was winning the legendary Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race, which starts on Dec. 26, Australia’s Boxing Day. The race achieved tragic fame in 1998 when more than a dozen sailors lost their lives in a heavy storm. This year’s duel between the recently launched super yachts SKANDIA and ZANA was anticipated with bated breath. Both boats are the largest permitted participants at 30 meters / 98ft LOA.

The enormous mainsails, which are set on the 35 m tall masts of SKANDIA and ZANA, have a size of 240 sqm. The headsails measure even up to 390 sqm. A crew of 22 sailors is needed to master these massive sails under all conditions. The regatta had match race characteristics to it as both opponents never lost eye contact. At the end of the 600-mile course the two boats were only 15 minutes apart with SKANDIA winning in front of ZANA. Both yachts were equipped with D4 membrane material from DIMENSION-POLYANT.


Olympia
Ben Ainslie won the Finn class in an outstanding performance, overcoming a slow start to the week to win the Gold medal in Athens. © Getty Images


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DIMENSION-POLYANT GmbH, Speefeld 7, D-47906 Kempen
Phone: +49 (0) 2152-891-0, Fax: +49 (0) 2152-891-149
E-mail: info@dimension-polyant.com , Internet: www.dimension-polyant.com