Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

Southern Spars supplies new rig for iconic J-Class Endeavour

by Josh Impey on 31 Oct 2011
Endeavour under goes sea trials, Auckland . ..

The iconic J-Class Endeavour has been fitted with a new 53.7m (176.18’) gold-tipped mast and rigging package from Southern Spars as part of her multi-million dollar refit in Auckland, New Zealand which finished in early October.

Originally built in 1934 and reduced to being a complete wreck in the 1980s, Endeavour’s 2011 re-launch marks the completion of an extensive 18-month refit at Yachting Developments’ yard based in Hobsonville, Auckland. Designed by Charles Nicholson, she was raced in the 934 America's Cup under the burgee of the Royal Yacht Squadron, by Sir Thomas Sopwith.

Her first refit by the Royal Huisman yard, was commissioned US media heiress, Elizabeth Meyer, and set the scene for a revival of the grand class.

The Yachting Developments’ team has taken extreme care throughout the refit to preserve as much of the vessel as practical while taking advantage of 21st century sailing systems, such as a carbon fibre mast and EC6 carbon fibre rig package from Southern Spars for enhanced performance and improved functionality.

Endeavour’s future performance will benefit from the significant weight savings – an incredible 900kg on the boom, and three tonne on the rig and rigging from her previous rig – achieved by the Southern Spars’ Custom Projects team based in Avondale, Auckland.

No expense was spared during the restoration of Endeavour, and the rig itself is no different, says Southern Spars project manager Olivier Marthe.

'She utilises the latest Element C6 (EC6) continuous carbon fibre rigging technology, a 19m (62.33’) high modulus carbon fibre Park Avenue boom and to top it all off, the mast crane that sits at the very tip of the 53.7m high modulus carbon fibre mast is coated in gold leaf,' says Marthe.

'Being involved in the restoration of this classic America’s Cup yacht has been a dream come true for me personally; I have had an amazing week sailing on her during the sea trials.'


After completion of sea trials over the next few months Endeavour’s will spend some time on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour tuning the famous yacht which carries the legend JK4 on her sails. In February she will be shipped to the Northern Hemisphere ready to compete in the J-Class regattas in Falmouth and Solent timed to coincide with the 2012 London Olympics.

Southern Spars Custom-Projects facility in Auckland are also currently completing work on the new J-Class Rainbow’s rig and rigging package.

North Technology - Southern SparsSouthern Spars - 100

Related Articles

America's Cup - Southern Spars to build AC50 for Emirates Team NZ
Southern Spars has been appointed to build Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC50 wingsailed foiling catamaran One of the world's leading composite engineering companies, Southern Spars has been appointed to build Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC50 wingsailed foiling catamaran for the 35th America’s Cup campaign. The move marks a shift away from Cookson Boats who have been Team New Zealand's boatbuilder since 2000. No reasons have been given for the decision to change the builder.
Posted on 24 Jul
Rio 2016 - Southern Spars makes move into sports composite engineering
Cycling New Zealand has partnered with a world-leading composite design and construction specialist, Southern Spars. Cycling New Zealand has partnered with a world-leading composite design and construction specialist, Southern Spars. Southern Spars is better known for designing and manufacturing masts and rigging for the world's fastest race yachts and most luxurious superyachts. The North Technology company will be providing wheels to the 2016 New Zealand track cyclists at the Rio Olympics in August.
Posted on 29 Jun
Free $US3,000 Carbon Vang with SouthernFurl boom orders in July
Southern Spars is giving a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July Southern Spars is giving away a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with all of their SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July. Carbon gas vangs make a great addition to the furling boom package, though if you’d prefer to keep your existing one, Southern Spars will offer you a 5% discount on the price of your boom instead.
Posted on 29 Jun
SouthernFurl In-Boom furling systems withstand Sydney Hobart test
Southern Spars design team have developed the SouthernFurl Boom smaller budgets and yachts from 35-70 feet. Have you ever scared your family when you got stuck with too much sail up when you should be reefed? Southern Spars’ range of SouthernFurl booms are the answer – letting you reduce sail quickly and easily without leaving the safety of the cockpit.
Posted on 23 May
World Superyacht Awards - Unfurled wins Sailing Yacht of the Year
Southern Spars is hugely proud to have built the mast, boom and revolutionary outhaul system for the Frers 46 Unfurled. Southern Spars is hugely proud to have built the mast, boom and revolutionary outhaul system for the Frers 46 Unfurled. She is the 15th yacht to win an award at this prestigious event with a Southern Spars mast. This yacht also won the over 40 Metre classification award.
Posted on 17 May
Are you experienced in composites and want to join a world-class team?
Southern Spars is looking for tradespeople to join our team to help create the finest carbon masts in the world. Southern Spars is looking for tradespeople to come and join our team to help create the finest carbon spars in the world. We have several exciting opportunities available to come and work amongst our passionate, fun, young team in our brand new, custom-built 10,000 square metre facility in Avondale, West Auckland.
Posted on 16 Feb
Southern Spars & North Sails Australia collaborate on furling boom
North Sails and Southern Spars delivered the first of a kind collaboration out of its manufacturing base in Sri Lanka. North Sails and Southern Spars delivered the first of a kind collaboration out of its manufacturing base in Sri Lanka. The 6.6m Carbon Furling Boom with manual drive was delivered to the client, Windcraft Australia, with the sail rolled around the mandrel – ready to install on the mast and hoist the sail.
Posted on 19 Jan
Southern Spars sets lifts the bar with new interactive website
Southern Spars has launched a brand-new website at www.southernspars.com. This new site is one of the best, if not the best websites in the marine industry and is in the top echelon of corporate websites, in our view. It is both comprehensive and informative, taking the viewer behind the scenes at a very impressive spar manufacturing facility. Please take some time to have a look at through it, particularly at the videos which are very well produced and give an excellen
Posted on 8 Jan
CNN Mainsail - A year in the life and fun of North Sails' Ken Read
October's edition of CNN Mainsail, the highly respected global sailing programme follows the life of Ken Read. President of North Sails, skipper of the world's most exciting monohull Comanche, TV commentator for the America's Cup, twice Volvo Ocean Race skipper and America's Cup helmsman talks about his life and experiences in this outstanding three segment documentary.
Posted on 28 Oct 2015
The remarkable story of a Jockey Pole lost in the 2005 Transpac
A TP52 lost a Southern Spars carbon jockey pole in the 2005 TransPac, here's the remarkable story of what happened next In 2005, Hamish Purdy participated in the Transpac on the TP52 Braveheart. About 250 miles from Honolulu, during a night time gybe, the jockey pole was lost overboard. Hamish was standing beside the mast and saw it go over the side.
Posted on 5 Sep 2015