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Triple 888 and Panama Jack take Young 88 National titles By Zoe Hawkins, 8:05 PM Mon 20 Apr 2009
North Sails cemented its claim at the top end of the Young 88 fleet during this weekend’s national champs. With 27 boats entered in the championship event for New Zealand’s most popular one-design keelboat class, racing was always destined to be competitive to the extreme, with winners rewarded for their ability to capitalise on a great start with superior boat speed in all legs of the race. ...[more]


Beau Geste has Southern Spar stepped in Auckland By Richard Gladwell, 10:53 AM Thu 9 Apr 2009
Beau Geste had her mast stepped in Auckland this morning. She was launched yesterday at the Gulf Harbour marina, North of Auckland and motored down to Auckland for her mast to be stepped. The spar is deck stepped and features a five spreader cathedral configuration, with EC6 rigging using clamp tongs. ...[more]


North Sails NZ help Team Ceeref excel on RC44 circuit By Zoe Hawkins, 8:10 AM Fri 6 Mar 2009
A new A1 sail crafted by the team at North Sails Auckland was one reason for Team Ceeref's clean sweep of victories in the match race component of the Puerto Calero RC44 Cup, raced in light airs at the end of February. Cameron Appleton and Team Aqua finished second, and Russell Coutts’ BMW ORACLE Racing third. ...[more]


Vintage beauties await new sails from North Sails NZ By Zoe Hawkins, 10:24 PM Mon 16 Feb 2009
Ranger is a product of the 1930s depression era, yet sports the most advanced sailing systems of her time, when the difficult business climate made any decision to build a new boat in which to challenge for the America’s Cup seem extravagant. However the project went ahead despite the controversy, and Ranger was launched on 11 May 1937, by Harold Vanderbilt in response to Sir Tom Sopwith’s plans t ...[more]


Hectic times despite recession for North Sails NZ By Zoe Hawkins, 8:50 AM Wed 11 Feb 2009
Fresh from completing 17 gennakers to be used in the first run of every race in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, the next six weeks are non-stop for the North Sails team in the Auckland loft. ...[more]


Rig Pro |Southern Spars offers standard line of LOUPSTM products By Southern Spars Media, 7:43 PM Wed 21 Jan 2009
Rig Pro | Southern Spars is pleased to announce the development of a standard line of LOUPSTM products which will be available through Rig Pro’s Portsmouth, RI facility. ...[more]


The S2H countdown has started for Southern Spars By Southern Spars Media, 9:19 AM Thu 18 Dec 2008
Eight days from now 104 boats will approach the start line for the 64th annual Rolex Sydney to Hobart race. Wild Oats XI, will be chasing a record fourth consecutive line honours victory. The supercharged maxi carries a Southern Spars ultra-high modulus hybrid mast that shed 80kg off her previous rig and a full set of EC6+ continuous carbon rigging. ...[more]


North Sails Fast Course: Mainsail Trim By North Sails NZ, 9:07 PM Tue 16 Dec 2008
By nature, a mainsail is the most durable and flexible sail in any inventory. It has to cover an incredible wind range, which means stretching into almost every shape possible. While the mainsail provides a good bit of power, it also has a lot to do with the boat's directional control. ...[more]


Paprec-Virbac races with EC6+ rigging – again By Southern Spars Media, 8:12 PM Tue 16 Dec 2008
When Paprec-Virbac 2 won the non-stop 29,000 nautical mile Barcelona World Race, they did so using a rigging product that, when tested post race, retained 100% of its strength, suffered no stiffness degradation and incurred minimum wear and tear on end terminals and spreader ends. The Open 60 set off round the world again on the 9th of November for the 2008-2009 edition of the Vendee Globe. ...[more]


Southern Spars - Carbonising the 49er By Southern Spars Media, 7:45 PM Tue 16 Dec 2008
It’s one of the fastest growing Olympic classes, with over 1000 yachts sailed in over 40 countries. The 49er is a One Design class known for its high performance, adrenaline pumping speeds. And it’s only going to get better given the latest development in moving to a carbon rig. The new rig is a result of rigorous research and development, a contest between two mast manufacturers ...[more]


Volvo: Delta Lloyd to get new mast in China By Volvo Ocean Race Media, 10:47 PM Tue 9 Dec 2008
Team Delta Lloyd shore manager Jeff Condell has confirmed that their boat will have a new mast from Southern Spars to be stepped in Qingdao. The team came into the race with a weakened mast because of damage sustained when the boat was still owned by Ericsson Racing Team. ...[more]


North Sails Tuning guides: How do sails work? By Paul Bogataj, North sails, 7:08 PM Thu 4 Dec 2008
North Sails' Paul Bogataj provides a technical explanation of how sails work. 'Sails are wings that use the wind to generate a force to move a boat. The following explanation of how this occurs can help understand how to maximize the performance achieved from sails.' ...[more]


North Sails NZ - A wealth of experience By Zoe Hawkins, 12:13 PM Thu 4 Dec 2008
Zoe Hawkins profiles the background and talents of North Sails New Zealand team including Andrew Wills, Richard Bicknell, Jim Maloney, Paul Murray and Josh Tucker. ...[more]


North Sails NZ recover sails for Hugo Boss By Zoe Hawkins, 5:48 AM Tue 11 Nov 2008
When Vendee Globe hopeful Alex Thomson was hit by a fishing boat just three weeks out from the start of the Vendee Globe, his boat’s hull suffered massive damage, and the rig, which was snapped in two, was cut free and sent overboard, the North Sails mainsail going with it. North Sails New Zealand and North Sails France put an emergency plan into action to help get Alex to the startline. ...[more]


Images of the Volvo OR: Action from the Deep South By Volvo Ocean Race Media, 7:41 AM Mon 3 Nov 2008
Images from the last stage of Leg 1 in the South Atlantic as the fleet head to the off Cape Town ...[more]


Images of the Volvo OR: PUMA Racing second Leg 1 By Volvo Ocean Race Media, 6:28 AM Mon 3 Nov 2008
US entry PUMA Racing (Ken Read) has finished second on leg 1 of the Volvo, Ocean Race ...[more]


Volvo OR Images: Finish of Leg 1 - Ericsson 4 By Volvo Ocean Race media, 5:20 AM Mon 3 Nov 2008
Images from the finish of Leg 1 off Cape Town of the first leg winner, Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael) ...[more]


Hugo Boss sails again By Gail Williams, France , 12:35 AM Mon 3 Nov 2008
Saturday afternoon, Hugo Boss left the port for the first few hours of sea trials following her repairs. All went well and when Hugo Boss returned to her rightful home alongside the other Open 60’s on the Vendée pontoons ...[more]


Ericsson 4 wins first Volvo Ocean Race Leg By VOR Media, 5:09 PM Sun 2 Nov 2008
At 05:54 GMT or 07:54am local time, Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael, drifted across the finish line off Cape Town to win Leg One of the Volvo Ocean Race. ...[more]


Storm drives Virgin Money on Atlantic quest By Alex Mills, 5:16 AM Fri 24 Oct 2008
Richard Branson and the Team Origin crew have been going for just over 24 hours and the first signs of fatigue are starting to show. In preparation for the rough conditions forecast, the crew onboard Virgin Money has tried to get as much rest as possible before the predicted winds of up to 50kts hit their decks ...[more]


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