Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars

Volvo Ocean Race- Spar build well underway at Southern Spars

by Volvo Ocean Race on 9 Feb 2013
Volvo Ocean race CEO, Knut Frostad with the first spars at the Southern Spars facility in Auckland, New Zealand Volvo Ocean Race© http://www.volvooceanrace.com

Wondering what’s happening with the rigs of the new Volvo Ocean 65? It’s well underway at Southern Spars, New Zealand. The sole spar suppliers for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, are working fast: three masts are already being finished and the first boom is ready to go.

Southern Spars will supply all the masts, booms and rigging for the 2014-15 and 2017-18 races. According to Project Manager Kevin Batten, the build of the high modulus masts and high modulus box booms is well underway.

'We’re right into it,' he said over the phone earlier this week. 'We have masts 1, 2 and 3 on the shop floor being worked on. Mast 1 is ahead of the others and has most of its internal fittings installed.

'Mast 2 has some of its internal components fitted and mast 3 is just in the jig and is getting drilled off. Mast 4 is now out of lamination and is getting trimmed. We have mast 5 half way through lamination.

'Boom 1 is fully painted and boom 2 is with our paint team now. Boom 3 is in the jig and is getting drilled off and we have boom 4 in lamination.'

The Auckland-based company will ship the first two masts in April to Green Marine in the UK. Like all the suppliers involved in the One Design project, Southern Spars not only has strict deadlines to meet to make sure the first boat hits the water this summer, but must also deliver reliable and strictly identical products.

The company’s product reliability has already been proven in the last edition of the race, when Southern Spars supplied full rig solutions for Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand and Team Telefónica, who came through the race without suffering rig problems. They also supplied partial packages to Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg and winners Groupama sailing team.

'These new rigs will go around the world twice and the masts are deck stepped,' added Batten. 'So it has been a bit challenging to get all the electronics and control lines through the mast base into the boat. The masts are all jumper-less with three spreaders. In general, we are using a lot of our previous experience to make sure the rigs will be reliable.'

And Batten is confident that Southern Spars processes can guarantee all the masts, booms and rigging to be the same.

'Making sure everything is one design from mast to mast was a big job in the beginning. We have a process here: we pick fibre for each mast and check the resin content to make sure each mast is the same weight for the mast section. Once the masts come out of lamination, we weight them all to make sure they meet the designed weight.

'When the masts are laminated we have a datum mark in the mould. This mark is transferred onto the mast tube. When the masts are set into the drilling jigs we line up the datum mark with a mark on the stands so we know every mast will be drilled the same.

'We spent a lot of time designing all the mast and boom jigs. There are new stands in the factory for the Volvo masts and booms these stands are bolted to the floor. The drilling jigs are then bolted to these stands so each time a mast or boom is installed in the stands we know they will be the same.

'We are absolutely confident that we will have everything identical.'



North Technology - Southern SparsSouthern Spars - 100

Related Articles

America's Cup - Arbitration Panel Hearing over Kiwi Qualifier for July
ACEA CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. In a yet to be published interview in Sail-World, America’s Cup Events Authority CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. This is the first official indication that the three person Arbitration Panel had even been formed, however Sail-World’s sources indicated that it had been empanelled since last January, possibly earlier.
Posted on 27 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr