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Strata Manufacturing collaborates with SailGP to provide and manufacture vital parts of F50 catamarans

Strata will collaborate with SailGP Technologies to enable the global league to increase the number of international events on its Season 5 schedule in the future.

The most thrilling water racing competition in the world, SailGP has revealed a new production-based collaboration with Strata Manufacturing, a Mubadala Investment Company-owned composite aerostructure manufacturing facility.

Under the terms of the agreement, the UAE-based company will provide and produce essential components of SailGP’s F50 catamarans.

This fresh alliance between SailGP and Strata builds on Mubadala’s current association with SailGP, where it is already a global series partner and is committed to providing one of the league’s three partnership pillars: connecting ethical investing with innovative technology to drive forward fresh concepts. Mubadala is also the title sponsor of the forthcoming Mubadala New York Sail Grand Prix on June 22-23, 2024.

Since it began manufacturing in 2010, Strata has generated thousands of composite aircraft parts and components for global OEMs. Strata will produce and supply essential components for SailGP’s revolutionary, identical fleet of F50 hydrofoiling catamarans, comprising wing sails, T-rudders, and the newly developed T-foils, which will debut in Season 5.

Strata will collaborate with SailGP Technologies, SailGP’s major manufacturing site on the South Coast of England, to enable the global league to increase the number of international events on its Season 5 schedule in the future.

The ten current SailGP league teams all race using F50s, which are similar and feature state-of-the-art technology that is the result of ten years of research in high-performance foiling multihull racing. The top speed that the F50s can reach is 100 km/h (54 knots or 62 mph).

The new cooperation was launched during the Make it in the Emirates Forum (MIITE) in the UAE, an annual event that highlights investment prospects in the region’s manufacturing and technology sectors.

SailGP Managing Director Andrew Thompson, said, “We are excited to extend our partnership with Mubadala to include Strata as our new production partner. This new partnership compliments our existing manufacturing facility – SailGP Technologies – that is now based on the South Coast of England. Our fleet of F50’s is an innovative one-design fleet and by extending our manufacturing capabilities in the middle east, it will allow us to continually innovate as well as fully service our existing and new fleet of F50s, especially as we start and end Season 5 in the region.”

Ismail Ali Abdulla, Head of UAE Clusters at Mubadala Investment Company and Managing Director of Strata, said, “We are delighted to strengthen our partnership with SailGP and leverage the manufacturing expertise of one of our key portfolio companies to support this leading global championship. We are proud to see the F50 components being produced in the UAE, showcasing our advanced manufacturing capabilities and contributing to the ‘Make it in the Emirates’ initiative.

“As a wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala, we are delighted to have Strata support events such as SailGP and demonstrate its expertise in composite aerostructures to foster innovation, technological advancement, and economic diversification in the region.”

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