12/18/2006, Düsseldorf

 

Henkel as Co-sponsor of the Rubson Raid Turquoise

Henkel as Co-sponsor of the Rubson Raid Turquoise

Satisfied expressions all round among organizers and participants: on Saturday the Rubson Raid Turquoise ended successfully off the coast of Thailand.

Team spirit, fair play, determination to succeed, and an appropriate strategy were at the forefront of each team's thoughts as they looked forward to carrying out the specified tasks as efficiently as possible off the coast of Thailand. This was the second year in succession that Henkel co-sponsored this sporting event.
On the water, the teams were focused above all on achieving maximum speeds out of their high-tech rubber boats. By contrast, jet skiing made exacting demands on dexterity. The on-shore program included team races on the beach, mountain climbing and team tasks such as raft building. The other disciplines were diving, swimming and rafting. The different disciplines pushed the participants to the limits of their endurance. Individual team members were often on the point of giving up, but team spirit motivated them to carry on.
At the end of 5 strenuous days, "Rubson Benelux" from the Netherlands, "Only" from Guadeloupe and "Dutch Connection 1" from the Netherlands were in the hard-fought first three places. RRT debutants Russia (10th), China (9th) and South Africa (5th) performed well and want to compete again next year. Moreover, the South Africans won the"Henkel Fair Play Award", because they selflessly stopped to help the Russian team after an injury, and in doing so fell back by several places.
Henkel sponsors the Rubson Raid Turquoise with its Rubson® brand of waterproof materials. The brand is known for its sealant products, waterproof coatings, humidity absorbers, anti-corrosion treatments, etc. The Rubson brand product range is available in France, Benelux, Spain and Portugal. In Germany, the brand goes by the name "Ceresit."
Henkel sponsors sports events and teams throughout the world. These include the Beach Volleyball Grand Slams in Paris and Klagenfurt beside the Wörthersee. Henkel is also a sponsor of the 2007 World Ice Hockey Championships in Moscow. In North America, Henkel is active with several brands as a NASCAR sponsor. In Formula 1 racing, Henkel is Official Supplier to Team McLaren Mercedes. For the traditional Dakar Rally, Henkel provides racing teams with a wide range of products as well as technical support.