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America’s Cup Partners With AkzoNobel’s Awlgrip Brand

Awlgrip  will be the official coatings supplier for New York Yacht Club’s American Magic team, which will challenge for the 36th America’s Cup.
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AkzoNobel’s Awlgrip brand will be the official coatings supplier for New York Yacht Club’s American Magic team, which will challenge for the 36th America’s Cup in March 2021.

The American Magic entry will use Awlgrip’s new high-definition technology (HDT) Flag Blue as the hull color for their first AC75 racing boat.

American Magic won’t just stand out because of its striking paint job, which will also include Awlgrip topcoat and Griptex non-skid component on the deck. The team’s AC75 class boat undergoes a striking transformation when it reaches a certain speed, rising up on hydrofoils and cutting across the top of the waves with its hull fully clear of the water.

“We’re delighted to team up with American Magic for one of the sporting world’s most prestigious events,” says Jean Michel Gauthier, AkzoNobel’s global business director for marine, protective and yacht coatings.

AkzoNobel spent more than three years developing and testing its Awlgrip HDT topcoat, which included collaborating closely with painters in the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard as the official coatings supplier for the 2017-18 edition. A key product feature is that it requires fewer layers of paint to be applied – resulting in crucial weight savings. 

“For the AC75, it’s important for us to use the most advanced and durable paint products on the market,” says Terry Hutchinson, skipper and executive director of American Magic.

“We’re always looking to push ourselves to the next level in order to achieve more, just like the sailors in the America’s Cup,” says Matt Anzardo, AkzoNobel’s yacht marketing manager for North America.

The new partnership with American Magic marks the first time AkzoNobel has been an official coatings supplier to a participating team. The next America’s Cup will take place in New Zealand in March 2021.

 

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