123 – Tales II & 128 Toothface II Enter 2016 race, plus Bainbridge International joins as Official Partner
Spanish Entry Tales II & Boston based Toothface II Enter the Atlantic Cup
Bainbridge International Signs on as Official Race Partner
Founded in 1917, Bainbridge International is one of the longest established sailcloth manufacturers in the world, with almost a century’s experience in developing and supplying the highest quality, highest performance materials to the marine industry. We are looking forward to working with the Bainbridge team and their affiliated brands, Watt & Sea, Karver and Airx to provide truly outstanding service and products to our teams!Since the original location opened in Boston in 1917, Bainbridge International has been the premier choice for sailcloth and sailmaking hardware in the USA and has always been at the forefront of technical developments for the sailmaking industry.
From the first synthetic mainsail fabric in the 1930’s, the first use of Dacron in 1953, or the introduction of state-of-the-art Kevlar laminates in 1982, the history and success of Bainbridge sailcloth is one of continuous technical development. AIRX, our world class spinnaker fabric is among the latest in a long line of performance driven products chosen by winners.
Sailcloth development over the last decade have been partnered by major growth in the U.S. distribution of high quality marine equipment from many innovative international companies. We are proud to now be able to offer products from Karver sailing equipment, Watt & Sea hydro-generators and Plastimo hardware and safety equipment, amongst many others.With a policy of technical innovation and a legacy of success, we look forward to the next 100 years at the leading edge of the sailing industry.
Technical Innovation and Service – The Fabric of Our Business
Sailing for the first time in US waters and in the Atlantic Cup, Gonzalo Botín and Pablo Santurde on Tales II will be a top team to watch.
Botín and Santurde have 11 trans-Atlantic crossings between them, multiple wins in the Class40, including the 2015 Fastnet and the last two Caribbean 600s. The racing schedule for 2016 includes the Caribbean 600, Atlantic Cup and Quebec-St. Malo.
When asked to rate his chances in the Atlantic Cup, Gonzalo said, “we always sail to win!” Read Gonzalo & Pablo’s full interview here.
Tales II Vitals
Boat Name: #123 Tales II
Port of Registry: Santander, Spain
Builder: Ximo Lopez
Designer: Botín Partners
Year Launched: 2013
Source of Energy Production: Solar
For more on Tales II, visit their TEAM PAGE
#128 Toothface Racing pairs two top Boston sailors together in Mike Dreese and Tristan Mouligne.
Toothface II skipper Mike Dreese raced in both the 2011 & 2012 Atlantic Cups. Since then, he’s commissioned an Akilaria RC3, which has proven to be a very fast boat. Mike’s also sailed quite a number of miles including two trans-Atlantic crossings just this summer.
Mike is teaming up with 2012 and 2013 Gryphon Solo 2 co-skipper Tristan Mouligne. In addition to racing on Gryphon Solo 2, Tristan is an accomplished short-handed sailor with many Bermuda 1-2 wins to his credit. This Boston based team will definitely be one to watch in 2016!
Toothface II Vitals
Boat Name: #123 Toothface II
Port of Registry: Boston, MA
Designer: Marc Lombard
Launch Year: 2014
Source of Energy Production: Hydrogenerator & Solar
For more on Toothface II visit their TEAM PAGE