General Mills glides into the America’s Cup
The America’s Cup is the oldest and most celebrated international yachting trophy in the world. In September 1958, the sloop “Columbia” won the America’s Cup off Newport, R.I., with a little help from General Mills.
The “Columbia” is a 72-foot, 12-meter sloop. As of 2004, she was still active as a charter boat in Newport.
The special ingredient added by the Chemical division of General Mills was a hull coating based on the Versamid family of polyamide resins. Versamid 115 was selected because it allowed only five percent water absorption and for its amazing adhesion, flexibility and salt-spray resistance. It also probably helped the yacht go faster because it was lighter.
Editor’s note: Visit AmericasCup.com for details on the next event in San Diego in November.
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