Barba’s adventures are not powered by wind and exploratory spirit alone. In order to reach the remote and extreme locations that drive our adventures we are dependent on the very best equipment available. Below are our sponsors, whom we are grateful to for contributing to the journey and helping make our adventures a reality.
SAILING GEAR SPONSORS
Alpha Ropes® is a leading brand found in several boats in top sailing regattas such as America´s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, and Vendee Globe among many others major sailing events. Barba has been upgraded with Dyneema running rigging by Alpha ropes with excellent assistance from Maritimt Kompani in Trondheim, Norway.
B&G is the world leader in marine instruments, autopilot systems and tactical software solutions for race boats, sail boats, blue water cruisers and superyachts. All the electronics on Barba have been updated with B&G and Simrad equipment.
Dubarry of Ireland is an Irish-owned company with a collection of premium performance footwear, clothing, leather goods and accessories. Their range includes some of the best sailing boots on the market, currently being worn by the Barba crew on the Svalbard expedition.
Facnor is a worldwide leader in designing and manufacturing furling systems. The company supplies furlers for races like the Vendée Globe, The Race and the Volvo Race. Barba is fitted with the excellent RX-165 system, chosen for its reliability even under demanding arctic conditions.
Lofrans provides some of the very best anchor winches in the market. Barba is equipped with the x2 model, chosen for its reliable and sturdy design on the market. The ability to use the anchor with ease, further expands the capabilities of the Barba operations.
Musto is a leading sailing clothing brand and innovator of many of the marine and yachting clothing designs on the market. When sailing in the Arctic this summer we will be equipped with the very best gear available, the Musto HPX range, contributing to our safety, comfort and performance.
Scanstrut Ltd is the international market leader in the design and manufacture of installation solutions for marine electronics. Barba is fitted with a LMM-1 self-levelling radar mount from Scanstrut. This provides us with the additional safety of having a functional radar image, even when the boat is heeling over.
Spinlock is an independent and innovative company, widely acknowledged as the world expert in ropeholding. They sponsor Barba with the award-winning Deckvest as well as deck hardware. With the lifejacket being the single most important item for crew safety, we are pleased to have them as our sponsor.
Takacat has presented a new dinghy design to the market which we eagerly adopted. With crucial characteristics such as low power to speed ratio, low drag under towing, easy interaction with water as well as being self-draining it´s quite simply the best dinghy we have seen to date.
Ullman Sails, a world leader in sailmaking, has supported Barba by helping outfit the boat with a full inventory of sails built with custom features specifically designed for reliability and performance in exceptionally challenging environments. With over 80 locations in 29 countries, Ullman Sails is dedicated to helping sailors accomplish their goals, no matter where they are.
Yanmar always stands out among fishermen, insurance agents, boat mechanics and sailors as one of the best marine engine manufacturers around. With the assistance of Yanmar Norway, Barba´s engine has been upgraded to a 28HP 3YM30AE.
The primary heating source of Barba is a Webasto diesel heater, allowing for comfortable living conditions down below even as the temperature drops to -20 degrees Celsius. Webasto is chosen for its proven reliability, as well as excellent service facilities across the arctic playground of Barba.
We use an extensive range of mounts provided by RAM mounts. With 3000 components to choose from, the mounts satisfies all needs, ranging from camera gear mounted on the underwater scooter, to navigational equipment on deck. For additional details, please refer to ram-mounts.se
Reel Diving is a Scandinavian distributor of diving equipment specializing in diving gear for dive centres, the armed forces, commercial divers and governmental institutions.
Santi is a world-renowned manufacturer of drysuits. The high-end suits are the preferred option for both technical divers and recreational divers. The Barba crew uses Santi E. Motion drysuits for optimal comfort and safety when diving in both coastal Norwegian waters and in the Arctic’s cold water environment.