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Race Day 1 of the 2011 Toyota Optimist NZ Nationals + Video By Christine Hansen, Devonport , 5:35 PM Thu 21 Apr 2011
Lack of wind delayed racing until the afternoon, the Open fleet return to shore with no races completed but the Green fleet manage to get their first race away. Race Day 1 of the NZ Toyota Optimist Nationals at Wakatere Boating Club in Auckland began with balmy summer conditions and absolutely no wind. ...[more]


Virbac-Paprec 3 wins the Barcelona World Race with Southern Spars By Southern Spars Media, 6:24 AM Tue 5 Apr 2011
Southern Spars would like to acknowledge the outstanding performance of skippers Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron, as Virbac-Paprec 3 crosses the finish line for the team’s second back-to-back win in the double-handed Barcelona World Race. Southern Spars supplied the mast and EC6 Continuous rigging for Virbac-Paprec 3 ...[more]


Southern Spars update regarding superyacht Salperton IV dismasting By David Glen, Southern Spars, 6:00 PM Tue 15 Mar 2011
Southern Spars has been commissioned to design and build a new mast and EC6 rigging package for Salperton IV to replace the previously damaged mast and failed PBO standing rigging. The cause of Salperton's dismasting is yet to be determined but an investigation to be led by the yacht’s insurers with both the manufacturer, and its carrier, actively participating in the aforementioned investigat ...[more]


New home for Southern Spars By Sail-World, 9:52 PM Wed 16 Feb 2011
Southern Spars New Zealand have settled into a new home. The bespoke 10,000m² manufacturing facility will enable Southern Spars to introduce new technologies and accommodate the growing demand for larger and more technically advanced superyacht and grand prix race rigs. ...[more]


Leading sparmakers Southern Spars and Nordic Mast to merge By Southern Spars and Sail-World, 10:56 AM Wed 21 Jul 2010
The Directors and Shareholders of Nordic Mast and Southern Spars have announced the merger of Nordic Mast and Southern Spars. The merger will create a combined entity with over 350 staff that will be better equipped to compete on the world stage, supplying a comprehensive range of high quality carbon fibre masts, booms and carbon rigging to meet the demands of all market sectors. Taki ...[more]


New Archambault M34 launched and sailing at La Rochelle By Brenna Pringle, Southern Spars, 9:54 AM Thu 24 Jun 2010
Following months of design and development, the first Archambault M34 was launched and sailed last week in the seaside port of La Rochelle, France. This innovative Joubert-Nivelt-Mercier design was selected as the new class for yachting's famous Tour De France a la Voile, starting in 2011, replacing the Farr 30 after 12 years on the circuit. A full regatta schedule and a transatlantic race a ...[more]


New Luxury European Superyacht arrives from Australia By Media Services, 5:07 AM Wed 23 Jun 2010
There is a new arrival in Europe. Having waited for her to travel halfway around the world from her birthplace in Australia the anticipation of her owner is tangible. Singularity is no ordinary cargo and she is no ordinary yacht. At 24.5 metres (80-feet) with a maximum beam of 5.33m (17.49-feet), the Lutra 80 Singularity is a slender thoroughbred, conceived with performance and luxury in mind. ...[more]


Andrew Brown describes the winning of the 3.7 National Championships By Andrew Brown, 7:58 PM Mon 5 Apr 2010
New 3.7 National Champion Andrew Brown describes the final day of the 2010 3.7 National Championships held at Evans Bay, Wellington: After no racing on Days 1 and 2, it left Day 3 to do five races without a drop race to get the series in! We started at 9am sharp in a northerly breeze of 15kts gusting to 18kts. This breeze was dying through the morning. ...[more]


1,2,3,4,5....... is reward for Southern Spars in Rolex Sydney Hobart By David Glen, Auckland , 6:34 AM Thu 31 Dec 2009
The performances of Alfa Romeo, Wild Oats XI, ICAP Leopard, Investec Loyal and RAN confirm the status of Southern Spars rigs at the forefront of the world's leading offshore yachting events. Southern Spars achieved a notable feat with the fully rigged Ericsson Racing Team and PUMA leading home in the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race ...[more]


Boys on Tour 2: It's All About the Sons By Godfrey Cray, Auckland , 6:36 PM Wed 23 Dec 2009
Old Bulls and young guns take out line honors in the Trans Atlantic Rally for Cruising yachts. The 1999 Greg Elliot designed 53 footer owned and skippered by Steve Wilson crossed the line in St Lucia early on December 6th to take line honors and a divisional handicap win in the 158 entry fleet. ...[more]


Boys on Tour 1: 3000nm of Tradewinds sailing across the Atlantic By Simon Gundry, 5:12 PM Wed 23 Dec 2009
Whitbread veteran, and New Zealand sailing legend, Simon Gundry reports from St Lucia on the ARC Race across the Atlantic: 'The New Zealand yacht Rapparee took part in the 2009 ARC race from Gran Canaria Island to St Lucia, some 3000 miles glorious downwind sailing in warm tropical headwinds. She is owned by Southern Spars, Steve Wilson, who brought with him two former Whitbread Round the World r ...[more]


Images of the Waitemata: A day out on Alfa Romeo By Richard Gladwell, 6:55 AM Thu 22 Oct 2009
Earlier this week the media were treated to a couple of hours sailing aboard Alfa Romeo, Neville Crichton's champion supermaxi, which is widely expected to take line honours and the race record in the upcoming HSBC Coastal Classic, which will be contested by around 200 yachts. ...[more]


Southern's Foiling Moth rig explained By Brenna Pringle, 7:59 PM Thu 15 Oct 2009
During the recent CST Moth Worlds held in Oregon, Southern Spars new rig design was put to the test. Results are in, and 10 of the top 20 competitors were using Southern Spars kit. So what makes up the Southern Moth rig? ...[more]


Southern Spars EC6 Hybrid has it covered from Foilers to J-class By Brenna Pringle, 6:57 PM Thu 15 Oct 2009
Southern Spars' Composite Rigging department has been hard at work developing an innovative EC6 superyacht rigging solution. Following a cautious and calculated process, an exhaustive R&D programme has been carried out including full sized fatigue testing. The result? EC6 Hybrid. ...[more]


Emirates Team New Zealand - blasting in Cartagena By Emirates Team NZ, Cartagena, Spain , 3:04 PM Wed 23 Sep 2009
Check out this stunning video from Emirates Team New Zealand competing in the final round of the Audi MedCup in Cartagena, Spain. ...[more]


Southern Spars’ Rig Pro and RSB Rigging Solutions of Palma join forces By Brenna Pringle, 7:31 PM Thu 10 Sep 2009
Southern Spars Rig pro and RSB Rigging Solutions have announced they are to form a new partnership. The pairing will combine the world-class reputation of Southern Spars’ Rig Pro, with the expertise and facilities of RSB Rigging Solutions. The new alliance will provide a high quality service operation to superyachts in the Med. ...[more]


First ever MedCup Hat Trick for Emirates Team New Zealand By Event media, 5:14 AM Mon 24 Aug 2009
Emirates Team New Zealand became the first team ever to win three consecutive MedCup Circuit regattas when they clinched the Portugal Trophy for the TP52 Series today off Portimao, winning by just 1.5 points from Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis. ...[more]


Richie Boyd appointed Design Engineering Manager at Southern Spars By Brenna Pringle, 11:42 PM Fri 7 Aug 2009
Southern Spars is pleased to announce the appointment of Richie Boyd as Composite Rigging Design and Engineering Manager. Based at Composite Rigging’s Rhode Island Office, he will oversee the day to day function of the design team as well as product development. ...[more]


Images from Cagliari: Day 5 Audi MedCup - Inshore Racing By Chris Cameron, 8:21 AM Sun 26 Jul 2009
Top international photographer, Chris Cameron was on shooting at on Day 5 of the Audi MedCup series in Cagliari, Sardinia ...[more]


Forza Kiwi - Mistral arrives for the Final Day of Audi MedCup By MedCup Media, 6:38 AM Sun 26 Jul 2009
Emirates Team New Zealand add the Region of Sardinia Trophy to the Marseille Trophy after a composed final day of racing in a building Mistral breeze, while Islas Canarias Puerto Calero win the GP42 Series Regatta. ...[more]


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