Branagh Marine Composite (BMC), a leading manufacturer of custom carbon-fibre parts for the super yacht industry, is proud to announce a great success of their clients at this year’s Superyacht Cup Palma. The popular Mediterranean regatta was hosted by the lovely Mallorca yacht charter destination from June 18 to 21, 2014.
During the regatta, the BMC Commercial Director Luke Hendy was lucky enough to be invited on board the infamous sailing yacht Unfurled. The 14 year old Royal Huisman yacht showed absolutely no signs of age as she sailed to victory, not just in her class but also bagged the silverware for winner overall. This was the second super yacht regatta the yacht has won in just a few weeks having taken the cup at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta in Porto Cervo earlier this month.
BMC would also like to congratulate one of their biggest winter clients of 2014, the beautiful Spirit Yachts superyacht 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.
Luxury yacht Gaia spent the winter in STP Shipyard being tuned and upgraded to enhance their 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 retro-fit on the beautiful Spirit 100 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 were also on call during the regatta which proved invaluable to the Holland Jachtbouw built J Class luxury yacht Rainbow. Who sustained damage to their 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…
It has been a very busy month and season for BMC, once again pushing the boundaries and undertaking many exciting new projects and although the company is looking forward to the summer the team still have plenty on to keep them busy, and with the Copa Del Rey just around the corner you never know what will happen next..