Ritec Retrospective: Virgin Atlantic Challenger II

In August 1985, British entrepreneur Richard Branson attempted to cross the Atlantic in record time in his powerboat, Virgin Atlantic Challenger. However this attempt failed and he geared up for a second attempt less than a year later. During trials, one of the major difficulties encountered by Richard and his crew on the Atlantic Challenger II was the encrustation of heavy salt deposits on the vessel’s windscreens. Valuable time and effort was wasted when they were subsequently forced to stop and scrape the glass in an attempt to improve visibility.

Before setting out his second attempt, Branson had the windscreens of the Atlantic Challenger II treated with Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface protection to avoid the same situation re-occurring.

In June 1986, Richard Branson and his crew succeeded in crossing the Atlantic in the record-breaking time of 3 days, 8 hours and 31 minutes, shaving 2 hours off the record. The ClearShield-protected glass was a big help, resisting harsh staining build-up and optimising visibility.

For more information about Ritec’s award-winning glass surface protection solutions, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

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