Marlow Ropes 'The Core' Yearbook 2017

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Jon Intro Welcome to the first edition of “The Core”, a round up of some of the key news and activity that has taken place at Marlow during 2017. As you’ll see we’ve had a very busy year working with some amazing projects, big and small. From grass roots sailing to record breaking Grand Prix yachts and Antarctic exploration to sub-orbital space travel. Perhaps most gratifying this year has been our growing engagement with the local community, something we hope to do much more of in 2018. 2017 saw an expansion in our workforce and machine capacity to help us satisfy growing demand. Our night shift expanded, as has our splicing department and planning function. Much effort has gone into reducing waste and

increasing recycling over the course of the year, again a continuing theme for 2018.

Our sales and marketing teams have been busy attending 20 exhibitions in 2017, from local UK shows, to international exhibitions in Europe, The Middle East and the USA. We’ve also seen a dramatic increase in our on-line marketing presence and subsequent engagement with our customers.

DID YOU KNOW? All our rope is produced on-site which gives us full control of howmuch we recycle andwhere it goes. We supply off-cut ropes to local schools, animal rescue centres, textile andmaterial reclaimcompanies. Our waste aramid fibres are even recycled into brake pads! This year we have recycled 13 tonnes of cardboard, 6 tonnes of plastic and 6.3 tonnes of wood andwe hope to improve our efforts evenmore into 2018.

Next year we hope to build on the success of 2017 and to that end further office and factory expansion plans are already on the drawing board.

It just leaves me to thank all our customers for their business and loyalty, but perhaps most importantly all of the hard working and dedicated employees in Hailsham, UK and Plymouth, USA, without whom none of what you read in the subsequent pages would be possible. Thank you and here’s to a successful 2018. Jon Mitchell, Managing Director

£1,289.00 The total raised for Hailsham charities in 2017 £54.25 Raised from Pancake Day in February £805.00 Raised from a 10k Mud Run in May £429.72 Raised from Garden Party in July

£200.00 was donated to Sophie Curtis from Hailsham to help her

achieve her dream of representing Great Britain in Judo at the World Championships in Latvia.

DID YOU KNOW? InDecember 2016, Marlow created a bespoke 500m rope usingD2 Racing 78 (capable of handling a load of 12 tonnes, approx the weight of six cars) for the London Fire Brigade who rigged the first ever zip-wire across the Thames, which raised £1million for a new clinic research centre at Evelina Children’s hospital, UK.

NEW FACES OF MARLOW 2017 A warm welcome to:

DID YOU KNOW? This year Marlow worked with the Burfield Academy in Hailsham to assist them in educating their children about Hailsham’s history with rope and Thomas Burfield who founded what we now know as Marlow, over 200 years ago. In February, Technical Manager, Paul Dyer spent the morning with three classes teaching them the art of knot tying, in particular the figure of eight knot which is featured on the school’s logo.

Chuck Funk Katy Burrell

Technical Engineer Accounts Assistant Marketing Manager Marketing Intern

Emma Donovan

Sian Killean Thomas Gee

Production Planner Christine McGillveary Inside Sales - Commercial USA Nicole Hayward Inside Sales - Leisure Marine USA Eric Kemp Factory - Night Shift Graham Clements Factory - Night Shift Mark Sinden Factory - Night Shift Jack Hempton Factory - Splicing Brian Murtagh Factory - Reeling Jed Hodgkinson Factory - Reeling Jack Miles Factory - Splicing Paul Dobinson Factory - Braiding




DID YOU KNOW? We have a Clipper Race blog - visit

RYA BRITISH SAILING TEAM 2017- 18 As official suppliers to the British Sailing Team, Marlow works with a collection of top sailing athletes competing in and working towards international competitions, and none more so than Tokyo 2020. TOMPHIPPS &NIKKI BONIFACE, NACRA TomandNikki started their campaign for Tokyo 2020 with a series of strong performances, finishing second at the SailingWorldCup inMiami before picking up fifth place in a competitive field at the Hyeres SailingWorldCup. Having taken delivery of their new foilingNacra 17, they also picked up a sixth place at the European Championships in Kiel. NICK ROBINS & BILLY VENNIS-OZANNE, 29ER UK YOUTH SAILING Nick and Billy have had a full year of 29er GPs and being fully involved in the 29er UK Youth Sailing squad. After finishing 2nd at theOvington Inlands they are the current UK 29er National Champions having finished top at both the 29er YouthWorlds and Youth Euros. InOctober they finished in third place at the high profile 29er Eurocup event in a fleet of 119 boats and BRITISH SAILING TEAM& BRITISH YOUTH SAILING TEAM NEWS FROMMARLOW’S 2017 AMBASSADORS Clemhas continued tomake good progress as part of the British Sailing Team’s PodiumPotential Pathway group this year culminating in acheiving a podiumposition at the Laser Radial U21 European Championships. DYLAN FLETCHER & STUART BITHELL, 49ER It’s been an outstanding year for Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell who took gold at both the 49er European Championships andWorld Championships over the summer. They rounded off a successful first year of their partnership by taking gold at the SailingWorldCup in Gamagori, Japan before winning at EnoshimaOlympicWeek, the venue for the 2020Games. CLIPPER RACE PARTNERSHIP 2017-18 MarlowRopes andClipper Round theWorld Yacht Race share a long-standing historical relationship and this has been the 16th year that the two leading brands in British sailingwill join forces. As official suppliers, the Clipper 70 has been rigged with D2 Racing which uses Dyneema SK78. 15,620 metres of this rope will travel 40,000 nautical miles for the year long race. The Race started in Liverpool, UK in August and will circumnavigate through Uruguay, South Africa, Australia, China, USA before arriving in Northern Ireland in July 2018. For the first time, Marlow will have an ambassador on board (Bosun Simon Du Bois) who will be reporting back from the boat and blogging about his round the world journey. ICSA COLLEGIATE SAILING, USA In 2017Marlow sponsored two ICSA Regattas; the Singlehanded Championships at Charleston College and theNEISA Sailors of theWeek at Dartmouth College. Both sawgreat skill from the College sailors andwe look forward toworkingwith the College sailing teams in 2018. are on good formgoing into the YouthWorlds. CLEMENTINE THOMPSON, LASER RADIAL to read our MarlowAmbassador’s live blog since the Race started andwatch our ‘behind the scenes’ filmabout themaking of the Clipper Race ropes.

US SAILING TEAM Marlowbecame theOfficial Cordage Supplier for the US Sailing Team in 2017 and is committed toworking alongside the USST through the 2020

TokyoGames, supporting individual sailors directly

as well as working with the teamon rope technology development to ensure the best

performing products for the sailors needs.

Marlow is one of the most trusted names in our sport, and as any sailor knows, having strong, dependable and customized line solutions on board your boat is a key factor in any successful racing program. Our National team loves working with Marlow to provide our sailors and development athletes with the best line products in the world. Two-timeOlympic Champion, MalcolmPage (Newport, R.I.) Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing.

DID YOU KNOW? Workingwith international elite teams givesMarlow valuable product feedback which is used to develop innovative products for sailors at all levels around the world.

THE AMERICA’S CUP As Technical Supplier to Landrover BAR and Softbank TeamJapan for the 35th America’s Cup Yacht Race, Marlow supplied both teams with rope and running rigging. Projects with top racing teams such as these keepMarlow at the cutting edge of rope and rigging innovation, helping to optimise high performance yachts. It has been a pleasure towork with professionals throughout the world’s sailing industry that share a passion for innovation and excellence andwe look forward to continuing our partnershipwith Landrover BAR in 2018.


Marlow is a world leader in rope technology and we are very pleased to have them onboard Softbank Team Japan. Shore Team Manager of Softbank Team Japan, Tyson Lamond

In June, the Everett B. Morris Trophy for Marlow Ropes was awarded to Ian Barrows (St. Thomas, USVI). Barrows wonmany of the regattas in A-division that he sailed over the last year andwas placed secondwith his teamat the 2017 Laser Performance TeamRaceNational Championship and the 2017Gill CoedNational Championship. “This honour means a lot and helps to show that the hardwork and time that I have put into sailing has paid off.” Ian Barrows

PROJECT SCARAMOUCHE This year, Marlow Ropes supported the inspirational Project Scaramouche who were

the recent Musto Rolex Fastnet Race PrizeWinners after their successful crowdfunding campaign which saw them successfully compete against the sailing elite. Project Scaramouche is an inner-city school project established by Greig City Academy, the first to have its own sailing club.

MARLOW TIES UP WITH ELLEN MACARTHUR CANCER TRUST Marlowprovidedmore than half a kilometer of high performance yachting rope to rig theGibsea 44 performance yacht, “Moonspray” which set sail on the 2,400-mile relay on 20thMay 2017, covering over 60 different coastal towns and cities every week fromMay to September. Round Britain 2017, is an initiative set up by the Trust, which celebrates achievement and potential. The 100 youngsters took part in this water-based relay and sailedwith the Trust following cancer treatments. The long relationship betweenMarlowRopes andDame EllenMacarthur startedmore the 17 years ago, and continues to this day. Marlowwill also be donating a percentage of sales to the charity from the new SplicingGuide which was launched this Autumn.

MARIE GENDRON’S PROJET LE MINI Marlow Ropes is delighted to be working withMarie Gendron on her

The Trust aims to rebuild young people’s confidence through positive, shared experiences. Dame EllenMacarthur

Project: LeMini 930 which has seenMarie, at the age of 18, build her own boat, a Mini Transat and prepare to sail it solo across the Atlantic in 2019. Marie is using Marlow's DM20 rope to rig LeMini and will be providing information towards a case study on the use of the rope product for this purpose.

MARLOW SUPPORTS TEAM CHALLENGE RACING In May, Marlow partnered with Team Challenge Racing, a youth offshore sailing team, to provide all the running rigging for the team’s Sigma 38. The team is set to compete in the Round Britain and Ireland race in August 2018 with the latest D2 Dyneema running rigging.

It’s great to have brands like Marlow continuing their support of future solo sailors, having the best rope on-board our boats is a necessity. Charles Darbyshire, Project Director The Offshore Academy

MARLOW SUPPORTS OFFSHORE ACADEMY This year, Marlow Ropes joined the Offshore Academy’s partners and sponsors as Official Rope Supplier. As a founding partner, Marlow’s support to The

family of

Academy’s sailors often extends to Academy alumni sailors too who go on to join professional yacht racing teams such as Team Phaedo and Land Rover BAR Academy.

ROLEX FASTNET RACE This year marked the start of the 47th edition of the world-famous Rolex Fastnet Race andMarlow were delighted to be involved through riggingmany of the record-breaking 368 competing yachts. In particular the trimaran TeamConcise10 who won line honours and reached

the rock in 28 hours, 49 minutes. Rambler 88, also rigged by Marlow won line honours and reached the Fastnet rock in 2 days 9 hours and 34 minutes.


InNovember 2017, record-breakingpolarexplorerBenSaunders setout tomakethe first soloandunsupportedcrossingofAntarctica, awest-to-east traverse fromBerkner IslandtotheRoss IceShelf via theSouthPoleandtheShackletonGlacier Marlowis supplyingExcel Racing for theexpeditionwhich ismadeusingDyneema SK78whichoffershighstrength, easyhandlingandexceptional abrasion resistance. Ben,whocurrentlyholds therecord for the longest soloArctic journey byaBriton,will beusingthishighperformancerope forhaulinghispulkandwill have additional lengths inhispersonal protectionsafetykit inthe instanceof extractionand crevasserescue.

MARLOW ROPES PARTNERS WITH GLOBAL FOILING EVENT In July, Marlow announced its official partnership with The Foiling Week (TFW) 2017-18. The only global event dedicated to foiling boats, their sailors, designers and builders.



This year Marlow began working with Brazillian Circus Artist Adilson Santos when he required D12 Max rope for his kit. Santos follows the Bungee Straps discipline and performs breathtaking acrobatics around the world.

MARLOWHELPSCBBCDENGINEERS BUILDWORLD CLASSDENFORCLAIREHOUSEHOSPICE MarlowRopes regularly supply bespoke rope products for a range of film and television productions andwe are proud of our association with some of the leading broadcasters and production houses in the industry. This summer we were delighted towork with the BBC for a children’s makeover series called ‘TheDengineers’, which aired on the CBBC Channel inNovember. CBBC’s TheDengineers create out-of-this-world dens for children all over the UK and for this particular episode workedwith Claire House Hospice, a BBCChildren inNeed supported charity.

“Amassive thank you for everything you provided us with at Claire House. I don’t have enough words to explain what a difference this den and your help has made to the children and families at Claire House.” Claire House Hospice


Marlow’sability tocreatebespokeproductsmeans thatour rope isusedacrossaspectrumof applications, inawidevarietyof industries. FollowinganexistingrelationshipwithdriverAndyGreen, Marlowwere invitedtocreateabespokeapplication for theBloodhound Project. InOctober theBloodhoundSSCheld its firstpublic run inNewquay, Cornwallwhere it reached200mph, a fifthofwhat thecar isbeingbuilt toachieve in itsattempt tobreak theWorldLandSpeedRecord. in2019. Marlowisproudtobetheofficial ropesupplier and isprovidingabespokerope for the parachutebrakingsystem,whichwill slowthecardownonce ithas reached it's target speedof 1,000mph.

DID YOU KNOW? InOctober, Marlow supportedCancer Research UK by donating abseil rope products for their charity abseil events, a partnershipwhich will continue into 2018. Every year, Marlow continues to support Cancer Research UK through a donation from the sale of pink yarn rope products in both the Leisure Marine andArboriculture product range.

SENDINGCHICKENSANDWICHES INTOSPACE World View Enterprises are pioneering leaders in edge of space technology and the emerging stratospheric economy. Earlier this year they came to Marlow with a specific rope request for their innovative Stratoliner balloons. In June, World View worked with KFC to launch a Zinger Chicken Sandwich into Space using Marlow rope which reached the height of 80,000 feet for 17 hours.

2017 MARLOW AROUND THE WORLD As a leading global brand, Marlow’s sales and marketing activity is extensive and worldwide. Every year we participate in a number of events across the Leisure Marine, Arboriculture, Defence, Safety and Access industries, showcasing our latest developments and products whilst meeting with our network of distributors and stockists. 2018 Key West Race Week Leisure Marine January Boot, Dusseldorf Leisure Marine January IDEX, Abu Dhabi Defence February Donington, UK 4X4 February RYA Dinghy Show, London Leisure Marine March Baumpflage, Germany Arboriculture April Sail Pacific, USA Leisure Marine April The ARB show, UK Arboriculture May Sofic, Florida Defence May Cowes Week, Isle of Wight Leisure Marine August Cannes Yachting Festival Leisure Marine September DSEi, London Defence September Southampton Boatshow Leisure Marine September Newport Boat Show, USA Leisure Marine September Salone Nautico, Genoa Leisure Marine September Boot, Dusseldorf Leisure Marine 20-28 January RYA Master Conference, UK Leisure Marine 27-28 January Donington, UK 4X4 25 February RYA Dinghy Show, London Leisure Marine 3-4 March Sail Pacific, USA Leisure Marine 19-22 April AAAA, Nashville, USA Defence 25-27 April The Arb Show, UK Arboriculture 11-12 May Eurosatory, Paris Defence 11-15 June ITS, Marseille Industrial 26-28 June Cowes Week, Isle of Wight Leisure Marine 4-11 August Land Forces, Australia Defence 4-6 September APF, Warwickshire Arboriculture 20-22 September Southampton Boatshow Leisure Marine 14-23 September Le Grand Pavois La Rochelle Leisure Marine 19-24 September Salone Nautico, Genoa Leisure Marine TBA Cannes Yachting Festival Leisure Marine 11-16 September US Sailboat Show, Annapolis Leisure Marine 4-8 October American Towman, USA Vehicle Recover y November TBA TCI Expo, North Carolina Arboriculture 1-3 November METS, Amsterdam Leisure Marine 13-15 November Le Grand Pavois, La Rochelle Leisure Marine September US Sailboat Show, Annapolis Leisure Marine October A+A, Dusseldorf Rope Access October TCI Expo, Ohio Arboriculture November METS, Amsterdam Leisure Marine November Milipol, Paris Defence November

Marine Equipment Trade Show Amsterdam

Tree Care Industry Expo Ohio

A+A Safety & Access Dusseldorf

Southampton Boat Show with BST sailor Tom Phipps (centre)

Milipol, Paris

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NEW PRODUCTS LAUNCHED IN 2017 At Marlow, our ability to innovate and continuously develop our product ranges ensures that we remain the global rope brand of choice. Here are the products we were proud to launch in 2017.

LEISURE MARINE Excel R8: For the Excel Dinghy range. Developed with a Dyneema® SK78 core and 8 plait cover blended with Technora® for supreme grip and abrasion resistance. Shockcord with Dyneema®: For excellent durability. Mini Spool Dispenser: Point of sale product for Excel Racing mini-spools. Cordless hot knife: Portable and available with international adaptors Marlow’s Guide to Splicing : A 66 page guide providing step by step instructions on seven of the most common splices required with handy tips on knots and rope care. ARBORICULTURE Vega Climbing rope : CE certified with extremely low elongation. Throwline Dispenser: Point of sale product for Throwline spools.

DEFENCE Fast Rope Rack device enabling users to fast rope with multiple loads. Fast Rope Bag for safe and easy storing of Marlow’s fast ropes. ProTec 500 Tactical aramid abseil rope with a 100% Technora® cover for outstanding heat resistance.

ROPE ACCESS ProTec 500: Aramid abseil rope with a 100% Technora® cover for outstanding heat resistance.







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