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Northern Light Composites has chosen the International Boat Show to unveil the first prototype of ecoracer, the recyclable sportboat designed by Matteo Polli with the aim of combining performance and sustainability. Ecoracer is present on land, in the Sailing World Area at stand YB01, thanks to the hospitality of the International Boat Show and Confindustria Nautica.

During the awards ceremony of the Design Innovation Award, an award that aims to promote excellence in the nautical sector, the project of the young Friulian startup was awarded in the category reserved for sailing vessels up to 10 meters.

The jury of the award was chaired by Admiral Nicola Carlone, and the member of the steering committee Luisa Bocchietto. The other members of the jury were Silvia Piardi, professor of design at the Milan Polytechnic, Andrea Ratti, professor of yacht design at the Milan Polytechnic, Franco Michienzi, director of the magazine “Barche”, Nabil Farrat, editor of the magazine “Yachts and Boats ”, and Carlotta de Bevilacqua, president and CEO of Artemide.

The 7.69-meter boat is de facto built with nlcomp’s rComposite technology: thermoplastic matrix, linen fibers for the hull and deck and the Atlas by NMG Europe recyclable core. The mast and boom materials – aluminum – were also chosen for their sustainability characteristics, while the engine is a Mitek electric outboard and a Fly Solar Tech solar panel powers the bilge pumps.

In addition, the sails – with Onesails Forte 4T technology – are the first in the world to guarantee recycling at the end of their life, as well as being tested at the highest levels during the last Vendee Globe aboard Pip Hare’s IMOCA