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INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM FOR NEW LEISURE CRAFT MADE IN CORNWALL
The ROCAT has just been declared a finalist in the Sports & Leisure category of the International JEC 2007 Innovation Programme Awards.
The ROCAT is a new and highly innovative rowing catamaran. It combines a number of novel features to transform the ancient sport of rowing into an exciting new watersport with a much wider appeal. It is both fast, and extremely stable, which means that it can be used safely on open waters previously off-limits for rowing. And it has a new (patented) sliding rigger, which is not only more efficient than the conventional sliding seat system, it is also less likely to damage the rower’s back. The ROCAT’s use of cutting edge advanced glass and carbon fibre composites technology makes it exceptionally light and strong, so that it is easy and safe to use, as well as being easy to transport and store.
The JEC Composites Show, which takes place in Paris in April, is the leading international composites trade fair. Every year, as part of its ‘Innovation Programme’, they give awards for the most innovative use of composites materials in eight different categories. Judges are looking for technical excellence and originality, market openings, financial impact, and benefits for end-users. In the face of competition from companies of all sizes, from all over the world, ROCAT’s unique way of making its 5 metre hulls in one piece attracted the attention of the judges, and they voted it into the final three of the sports and leisure category. Whether or not the ROCAT wins the award, it will be exhibited on the Innovation Programme stand at the show in April.
The ROCAT’s designer, Christopher Laughton, said: ‘ROCAT has been trading for less than a year but, thanks to the internet and a very good product, we have received orders from countries as far a field as Canada, Argentina and the USA. It is extremely gratifying that our innovative use of these exciting new materials has got us into the finals of such a prestigious international awards programme. Anthony Fryett, Production Manager at ROCAT, said: ‘It’s bizarre to think that this small company in west Cornwall can be pushing the boundaries of advanced composite technology. It feels really good to get this recognition by an international panel of composites experts. And it will give customers extra confidence in the product, too.’
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For further information on the JEC awards, see www.jeccomposites.com/jec-awards
The ROCAT: fast and stable and easy to transport … a winning combination!