With the America’s Cup fast approaching, high performance sailing is on everybody’s mind and we find ourselves in a new era of sailing. With this revolution comes a demand for personal safety equipment that can offer the very highest in protection and performance. This is where the ErgoFit 50N EX comes into its own. Designed exclusively with Artemis Racing for the America’s Cup, the ErgoFit 50N EX represents a revolution in buoyancy aid design.
In high performance sailing, entrapment is a real risk; as a result Crewsaver has built-in the facility for a chest mounted Spare Air cylinder. The cylinder’s unique positioning allows for hands-free use of the device meaning that, even with arms trapped, the user is able to receive air underwater. In case of entanglement, the buoyancy aid features a readily accessible integrated line cutter, which is easily deployed with a downward motion.
The Fusion 3D design is uniquely constructed to contour to the shape of the wearer’s body to provide a close and unrestricting fit. Airflow technology incorporated throughout the buoyancy aid allows for the efficient transfer of heat during the exertions of racing conditions. Forcefield armour, that consists of CE level 1 back protection with high density impact foam in the front panels, is available as an optional extra.
Alongside high tech safety features, the buoyancy aid has also been developed for practicality. It hosts a rear pocket, with concealed shoulder channels, that allows for storage of a hydration pack to keep the user properly hydrated whilst out on the water.
Iain Percy, Team Manager for Artemis Racing, comments: “Technology and innovation in the America’s Cup have taken a huge step forward over the last few years, but the technology for commercially available safety equipment did not meet our team’s needs. With Crewsaver, we wanted to find a supplier able to develop a best in class series of equipment that meets the demands of this new era of performance sailing. Crewsaver’s dedication to this project has impressed us all and we are extremely proud of the collaboration.”
equipment that meets the demands of this new era of performance sailing. Crewsaver’s dedication to this project has impressed us all and we are extremely proud of the collaboration.”
ErgoFit 50N EX with Armour RRP Inc. VAT: £170