May 3, 2017

Olympic medal-winning partnership continues between Gleistein Ropes and the Danish Sailing Association

Fruits of cooperation – the extraordinarily durable RunnerTwin Olympic line – now also taken up in the regular Gleistein Ropes range

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Bremen, 3 May 2017

After several successful years that were capped off with a two Olympic medals in Rio 2016, the winning cooperation between Gleistein Ropes and the Danish Sailing Association will continue – and has been extended to 2021. The initial partnership, which was officially announced in early 2014 at boot Düsseldorf, resulted in the development of an ultra-durable line suitable for deployment as a sheet and halyard. Gleistein’s premium partner in Denmark, Riggerne, was also involved in the development process of the new RunnerTwin Olympic line. Made with a core of Dyneema® SK78 and a triple fibre cover, RunnerTwin Olympic ensures maximum control and the best possible grip in cleats while also delivering extremely long service life – especially for small, fast keel yachts. All Danish Olympic boats in Rio 2016 competed with these innovative lines and none required replacement, allowing more time on the water for training and competition. With two bronze medals at Rio, the results speak for themselves. From the beginning of the 2017 season, RunnerTwin Olympic is now also available in the general Gleistein Ropes range. With the extension of the partnership with the Danish Sailing Association, Gleistein looks forward to even greater joint successes and the development of more high-tech solutions to deliver an ongoing decisive edge in competition.       

The Danish Sailing Association and Gleistein Ropes have announced that they will continue their successful partnership and extend the existing material sponsorship agreement until 2021. The decision comes on the back of the medal-winning campaign by the Danish National Sailing Team at the Rio Olympics in 2016 during which all boats were fitted the new Gleistein Ropes RunnerTwin Olympic line.

Gleistein, together with the Danish National Sailing Team and Riggerne – Gleistein’s premium partner in Denmark – developed the line to prevent wearing in jamming cleats and thereby enhance longevity throughout entire regatta series and beyond. Key to the achieving this was the new rope cover enveloping the 12-plait Dyneema® SK78 core. The innovative triple fibre mix in the cover, comprising Technora®, Dyneema® and Polyester, ensures first-class grip in jam cleats while guaranteeing an extraordinarily long service life. RunnerTwin Olympic features a very stable cross-section and boasts excellent break load attributes with lowest elongation and possesses best handling characteristics for releasing by hand.

Commencing at the beginning of the 2017 sailing season, RunnerTwin Olympic is now also incorporated in the general Gleistein Ropes range and especially suited for small, fast keel yachts, such as J/70 and Melges 24, as an outstanding competition line with also unrestricted suitability as a halyard.

Dr. Heide Giese-Bothe, Head of the GeoYacht business area at Gleistein Ropes comments: “We are delighted to extend our cooperation with the Danish Sailing Association until 2021 and look forward to building on the successes already achieved. The new RunnerTwin Olympic line is a clear testimony of our resolve and capability to continuously develop and improve solutions for better performance, handling and all-round user satisfaction no matter the class of yacht.

About Gleistein Ropes

Gleistein has been manufacturing ropes since 1824 and is the oldest family industrial company in Bremen (Germany). Together with its Trencin (Slovakia) plant the company boasts two of the most modern rope manufacturing facilities in the world with a total production area of more than 19,000m². Modern chemical fibres, sophisticated designs and future-oriented rope finishing equipment and procedures offer a definite quality “plus” that directly benefits the consumer. Gleistein offers a complete service, provides its customers with industry-leading know-how and assists in selecting the perfect rope – whatever the need. Ready-to-use finishing of products, execution of contracted tests and the development of tailor-made solutions round out the comprehensive range of services.

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