Composite Materials Help Set New Transatlantic Sailing Record

30th July 2012

Caterham Composites has played an important role in the development of Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss yacht which has set a new world record after completed the fastest ever single-handed monohull transatlantic crossing from New York to the UK. The crossing took just 8 days 22 hours and 8 minutes, beating the old record, set by Bernhard Stamm 10 years ago.

A team of engineers from Caterham Composites have worked with their counterparts at ATR in Barcelona to help prepare Hugo Boss for the transatlantic crossings, using their specialist knowledge of lightweight structural materials and their applications to reduce weight in the yacht and improve reliability.



Duncan Bell, Managing Director of Caterham Composites: “Our partnership with ATR has been a major success for Caterham Composites and we are extremely proud to be joining Alex and the whole team at ATR in celebrating this achievement.

“The partnership with ATR is bringing benefits to both parties. The expertise we bring to the Hugo Boss project is helping ATR perform more efficiently and, in return, we are finding huge scope for our knowledge and skills to be applied to the wider nautical industry.”

Mike Gascoyne, Caterham Group Chief Technical Officer: “I want to join Duncan in wishing the most sincere congratulations to Alex and the team at ATR for this incredible achievement. To have played a part in helping Alex set this new world record is a proud moment for everyone at Caterham Composites and I am sure it is the first of many similar good news stories we will be talking about for many years to come.”