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Volvo Ocean Race: Southern Spars to be mast supplier for Volvo 65

'Camper used an all Southern Spars rig package to finish second in the 20111/12 Volvo Ocean Race'    Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©    Click Here to view large photo

New Zealand-based Southern Spars will supply the complete rig package – mast, boom and rigging – for the One Design Volvo Ocean 65 that will contest the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Renderings of the new Volvo Ocean Race boat design that will be used in the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. -  Farr Yacht Design-Volvo Ocean Race   Click Here to view large photo
For the 2014-15 and 2017-18 races, Southern Spars will supply a high modulus mast, high modulus racing box boom and a full EC6 bundled carbon fibre rod rigging package with deflected backstays for the new 65-foot One Design boats.

'We are very proud of our reputation for both speed and reliability,' said Kevin Batten, Project Manager at Southern Spars. 'Telefónica and CAMPER, the teams which used Southern only rig packages in 2011-12, both had a great race round the world. There are other factors in whether they win but we played our part as their reliability was fantastic.

'It’s great to be selected by Volvo to be involved in the next two Volvo Ocean Races. It is a significant order for us and shows confidence from some of the world’s best sailors that we can deliver a great product for this extremely harsh environment.

'We will also be using our Thin Ply Technology in the rigs to get the best combination of stiffness and strength. The thin layers give us the ability to create a more highly engineered structure, with better margins of safety in key areas'

'The rig design is now all but completed and we have started laminating the first rig. We are building two at a time to reach the required build deadlines and expecting to deliver two finished rigs to England in the first week of April.'

Southern Spars have gathered significant experience since their first involvement in the race in 1989-90, when they celebrated victory with Peter Blake’s Steinlager 2. In all, 31 teams in the Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race have used Southern Spars rigs, including winners such as Ross Field’s Yamaha and Torben Grael’s Ericsson 4.

Southern Spars 27m long, 5m wide TPT plotting table. -  Southern Spars   Click Here to view large photo
'The Volvo Ocean Race is in the company’s blood,' said Southern Spars director Mark Hauser. 'It is an honour to be involved once again and this time as sole spar supplier for the next two editions of the race.'

Southern Spars signed the cooperation contract with the UK-based Green Marine, who are leading the consortium of four boatyards building the new high-performance racing yacht, designed by Far Yacht Design in the United States. Work has already begun and the company will ship the first two masts to England in April 2013 – around 18 months before the start of the 2014-15 race.

The One Design concept goes much further than just the boat, with teams for the next race also sharing on-shore maintenance services under a project led by Nick Bice. Spare masts, supplied by Southern Spars, will be placed strategically around the world in case of emergency.

The Volvo Ocean Race has already announced the first team for what will be the 12th edition, with global hygiene and forests products company SCA entering an all-female outfit.


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