GRIMM supports sailing record attempt

Project ANT ARCTIC LAB aims for first single-handed circumnavigation of the world


On July 12th 2020, the sailor Norbert Sedlacek will set sail to conquer a route of about 34,000 nautical miles – a round-the-world trip. Particularly noteworthy: the seven-month tour is to be single-handed (i.e. with no other person on board), non-stop and without outside help. So far no sailor has succeeded in this. The ANT ARCTIC LAB project is supported by GRIMM, the aerosol specialist of the DURAG GROUP.

GRIMM's products measure aerosols in the ambient air. This plays a role, for example, in compliance with limit values, and thus also in environmental protection. This is the connection to the world record attempt by Norbert Sedlacek. Because in addition to the sportive aspect, environmental awareness is also a central message of ANT ARCTIC LAB.

The sailing professional cares a lot about the message associated with the trip. The boat is made entirely of recyclable materials (primarily volcanic fibre and balsa wood), is at the same time robust and reaches a maximum speed of 55 km/h or 30 knots. "This will prove that extreme performance can be achieved with recyclable materials and that nothing could possibly stand in the way of a new world record," says Sedlacek.

As a career changer, the 58-year-old Austrian has taken the path of a professional skipper. Before that, Sedlacek controlled other means of transport; he was a tram driver in Vienna for years. By the way, this is not the first attempt for the ANT ARCTIC LAB project: In July 2018 and July 2019, a test had to be prematurely aborted for technical reasons. Norbert Sedlacek is not discouraged by such setbacks: "I always say, the person who has never failed cannot grow.”

From July 12th, the Austrian will be on his own on the high seas, but he is not without support. "I have had a wonderful team at my side for months now. Here I would like to thank all friends, partners and sponsors very clearly. Without this support, this challenge would never have been possible," emphasizes Sedlacek.

More information about the ANT ARCTIC LAB project can be found Opens external link in new windowhere


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