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7 Jul 2014

BMC clients excel themselves at Superyacht Cup

The Superyacht Cup is over for another year and what a great regatta it was! During the regatta, Branagh Marine Composites' (BMC) commercial director, Luke Hendy was lucky enough to be invited on board the infamous S/Y Unfurled. The 14-year-old Royal Huisman showed absolutely no signs of age as she sailed to victory, not just in her class but also bagging the silverware for winner overall. This was the second superyacht regatta the yacht has won in just a few weeks having taken the cup at the Loro Piana in Porto Cervo earlier this month.

BMC has also congratulated one of its biggest winter clients of 2014, The beautiful Spirit Yachts S/Y Gaia, who came in second to Unfurled in their class and also attained third position overall, a fantastic achievement for the yacht and her crew.

 Gaia spent the winter in STP Shipyard being tuned and upgraded to enhance her performance and movement through the water.

One of the major upgrades was the project BMC completed on her keel.

 Luke Hendy, Commercial Director of BMC says:

 "One of our major 2014 winter projects was the keel retrofit on the beautiful Spirit100 S/Y Gaia…
The aim was to improve the hydrodynamics of the keel fin to make this beautiful yacht much more competitive. 
As well as a new modern shaped bulb, the keel fin profile was also redesigned, which we at BMC were contracted to do. We achieved this by 3D laser scanning the existing fin shape to produce an accurate workable CAD / 3D file.

"This new shape was then laid over the laser model and blended into the hull and new bulb. Once the steel fin had been treated and primed, BMC sheathed it with epoxy and E glass before the new shape was bonded into place. The new CNC-cut profile was then added in a series of PVC foam core slices to create the desired shape. Once bonded on they were sanded smooth, laminated and vacuum consolidated to seal the deal!"

BMC was also on call during the regatta which proved invaluable to the Holland Jachtsbouw built J Class S/Y Rainbow, which sustained damage to its spinnaker pole. Needing overnight repairs, BMC rallied the troops and worked through the night allowing them to compete again the next day with no delays.

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