Cop­per an­tifoul ap­proved for DIY use by EU

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Bri­tain has proved it­self to be the world’s best sailing na­tion at the 2016 Olympic Games. As the United King­dom cel­e­brated com­ing se­cond in the Rio 2016 over­all medal ta­ble, the coun­try’s sailing squad topped the sailing medal ta­ble with two gold medals and one sil­ver medal. Fur­ther­more, none of the ten Bri­tish crews fin­ished out­side the top ten for their re­spec­tive classes in the Olympic re­gatta.

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark in the 470 women’s class, and Cop­per an­tifoul­ing will not be banned by the European Union. There were fears that var­i­ous forms of an­tifoul­ing could be banned over health and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns, but the EU’s Bio­ci­dal Product Com­mit­tee has de­cided that most cop­per com­pounds cur­rently used for marine an­tifoul­ing are safe. The Com­mit­tee also de­ter­mined that ap­proved prod­ucts can be used by both pro­fes­sion­als and DIY users.

The sub­stances di­cop­per ox­ide, cop­per thio­cyanate and coated cop­per flake have been ap­proved by the Bio­ci­dal Product Com­mit­tee af­ter thor­ough sci­en­tific study. The Bri­tish Giles Scott in the Finn class, both took gold, while Nick Dempsey in the men’s RS:X wind­surf­ing class won sil­ver. Team GB has now topped the sailing medal ta­ble for four out of the last five Olympic Games.

In other classes, Luke Pa­tience and Chris Grube came fifth in the men’s 470, Dy­lan Fletcher and Alain Sign came sixth in the 49er, as did Nick Thomp­son in the Laser. Ali­son Young in the Laser Ra­dial and Charlotte Dob­son and So­phie Ainsworth in the 49erFX both cam eighth. Bry­ony Shaw in the RS:X women’s wind­surf­ing and Ni­cola Groves and Ben Sax­ton in the mixed Nacra 17 cata­ma­ran class both fin­ished ninth.

Giles Scott was the first mem­ber of the squad to win a medal when he fin­ished his medal race in se­cond place with a 32-point lead over his near­est ri­val. ‘I had a par­tic­u­larly shaky start to the re­gatta start but Coat­ings Fed­er­a­tion an­tifoul sur­vey in 2015 ( YM, Oct 2015) formed part of the in­for­ma­tion sub­mit­ted to the com­mit­tee.

No other forms of cop­per have cur­rently been ap­proved for use as ac­tive sub­stances in an­tifoul­ing paints, al­though prod­ucts are man­aged to pull through with some good con­sis­tency. It’s not of­ten you can say you’ve won an Olympic Games be­fore the medal race,’ said Scott.

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark went into the dou­ble-points medal race with a 20-point lead but needed to avoid mis­takes.

Saskia Clark said: ‘It wasn’t a fore­gone con­clu­sion. We didn’t want to look stupid stood here with­out a medal, so we knew we had to just do the same bor­ing al­lowed to con­tain a se­cond, non­cop­per co-bio­cide.

The EU Bio­ci­dal Prod­ucts Reg­u­la­tion 528/2012 now re­quires that an­tifoul­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions for ap­proval of all their cop­per-based prod­ucts by 1 rou­tine things that we’ve been do­ing for the last ten days. The big fear was suf­fer­ing a break­age so we couldn’t fin­ish the race.’

The Par­a­lympics was about to start at the time of go­ing to press and Team GB hopes to re­peat the suc­cess of the Olympic team in the three Par­a­lympic classes. This will be the last time sailing is in­cluded in the Par­a­lympic Games af­ter the sport was dropped from the Tokyo 2020 games be­cause of a lack of ‘world­wide reach’. Jan­uary 2018, al­though prod­ucts con­tain­ing zinc pyrithione will have a later dead­line. Man­u­fac­tur­ers will also have to en­sure that paints are ap­proved by each in­di­vid­ual coun­try in which they are to be sold.

The Cop­per An­tifoul­ing En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­gramme, spon­sored by man­u­fac­tur­ers of cop­per for an­tifoul­ing paints, com­mented: ‘Cop­per in var­i­ous forms has been used his­tor­i­cally to pro­tect ves­sels from foul­ing, and re­mains a main­stay in­gre­di­ent for an­tifoul­ing paints. Foul­ing of ves­sels re­sults in loss of per­for­mance, in­creased fuel con­sump­tion, dam­age to hull sur­faces and, most im­por­tantly, translo­ca­tion of in­va­sive species. It is there­fore es­sen­tial that ef­fec­tive, eco­nom­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tally ac­cept­able an­tifoul­ing coat­ings re­main avail­able to boat own­ers.’

Giles Scott was dom­i­nant on the wa­ters of Gua­n­abara Bay

An­tifoul coat­ings such as Cop­per Coat have been ap­proved by the EU

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark with their gold medals

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