“As soon as team AkzoNobel’s boat launched with those vibrant colors I loved it, and I wanted my boat to look just as good,” explained Sylvestre. “I also wanted to pay homage to the team when the race arrives in Brazil. I’ve been following the Volvo Ocean Race from the start, and I’m even more proud to have such a famous Brazilian as Martine Grael on our team.”
The seventh leg, from Auckland to Itajaí, coincided with the launch of Awlgrip in Brazil, making it an even better time to put the brand’s colors on proud display. Thanks to the expert color-matching technology of Awlgrip, Sylvestre was able to match the Light Blue Metallic of the team boat exactly.
“I’ve been a boat owner since 2002, and felt close to the sea since my childhood. My jobs have always been related to boating as well, especially working for International Paint and AkzoNobel. It really helps to be so engaged in the boating world – it’s much easier to relate to customers when you have the same needs!”
As the fleet left for its next destination outfitted with Awlgrip and International coatings, it was easy to see how each boat’s attractive livery can be an inspiration for employees, customers and sailing fans alike.