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EsthecŪ and the Volvo Ocean Race: the ultimate battle

The most prestigious ocean race in the world has finished in Gothenburg, Sweden. From the start in Alicante last October, seven teams took part in the largest round the world sailing race: the Volvo Ocean Race. In the last stages, the teams competed in extreme conditions to reach Gothenburg for the final victory. The Dutch team Brunel crossed the finish line in second place, securing Bouwe Bekking and his crew second place in the overall standings of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/2015. It was not just the ultimate battle for Team Brunel but also for Esthec.

02 July 2015

This was the first time Esthec took part in the most challenging sailing competition in the world as an official partner of Team Brunel. "The Volvo Ocean Race represents extraordinary stories of human achievement and adventure of international stature. And we, together with our clients, are able to experience this first-hand. From Abu Dhabi to Itajai and Newport to Gothenburg. During the Volvo Ocean Race, Esthec displayed their Decking and Terrace along the main markets around the world, culminating in a pit stop in The Hague" says Marcel van der Spek, commercial director of Esthec.

The Ultimate Battle
The Volvo Ocean Race has all the ingredients that Esthec values when it comes to teamwork and tactics plus the latest technologies and how to take on the forces of nature. Precisely with the latter, we have gained experience over the years at Esthec. Achieving a sustainable world is one of the biggest challenges that lie ahead. Reason enough to host a pit stop of the Volvo Ocean Race from the 18th to 20th of June in The Hague, a mini-symposium - called The Ultimate Battle- in collaboration with Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.NL.

'The Ultimate Battle' symbolizes the struggle of man against nature, or rather the human struggle against the forces of nature, with respect for nature. Esthec and Olthuis, who is known for his designs as "The Floating Dutchman", have endurance and harnessing power of nature as common values.

City Apps Koen Olthuis
The world famous architect Koen Olthuis (1971) studied Architecture and Industrial Design at TU Delft. In 2007 he was chosen as number 122 in the list of most influential people in the world in the field of water development. The French Terra Eco magazine selected him as one of the 100 "green" people who will change the world.

According to the vision of Olthuis, today many designers and architects are inspired to deal with the issues of climate change. They would need to broaden their perspective, by choosing dynamic urban components rather than the static alternatives. Olthuis' solution, called City Apps consists of floating urban components that have specific functions within the existing static grid of a city. Building on water provides space and offers cities the opportunity to respond flexibly to the impacts of climate change and urbanization.

The Westland, near The Hague, is the first place where his vision has come to fruition. The project involves both social housing as floating islands and apartments. In 2010, the government of the Maldives agreed, as part of a joint venture, to develop a floating city, floating islands, golf courses, hotels and a conference centre. With the threat of rising sea levels, the master plan for the Maldives has become an urgent solution to an impending problem. Also, on social and economic developments that will have the necessary positive influences. Globally, the potential of floating development opportunities has now been seen. Projects have been launched in many countries including China, the United Arab Emirates as well as several European countries.

A tribute to Team Vestas
Esthec's strong ties with ocean sailing were reflected in the gathering in The Hague, namely the ‘The Ultimate Battle' on the 18th of June and more specifically by the unveiling of The Esthec - a Swan 45 - a tribute to Team Vestas. Since Lisbon, the team re-joined the race, after they appeared to be in a precarious position in November 2014 near Mauritius. A highly visual part of The Esthec is the composite deck in which the isobar design is incorporated.

Esthec® Nautical Decking
Over the years Esthec became the international standard when it comes to composite decks on boats. Esthec Nautical Decking is easy to use and therefore requires little maintenance. The deck is of high quality, hard wearing and offers enormous creative freedom in terms of design, which is reflected in the design of the Swan 45. In the ground breaking world of ocean sailing, Esthec is starting to become a real eye catcher, due to its design which meets all the requirements concerning safety and functionality.