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Counting Down to the Volvo Ocean Race By Southern Spars Media, 5:57 PM Tue 7 Oct 2008
The Volvo Ocean Race, described by some as the ‘Everest of Sailing’, is undeniably the world’s premier global race, and one of the most demanding team sporting events in the world. Eight competing teams will sail across 37,000 nautical miles of the globe, crossing the start line in Alicante, Spain on 11 October - the teams will visit 11 ports around the world. ...[more]


Tony Reaper appointed to Southern Spars role By Southen Spars and Sail-World, 5:42 PM Tue 7 Oct 2008
Southern Spars is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Reaper as Composite Rigging Sales Manager. The appointment comes at a time when Composite Rigging is enjoying considerable success with its EC6+ rigging on many leading grand-prix racing yachts. Stemming from this success has been a steady increase in demand for EC6 rigging products across both the racing and cruising markets. ...[more]


Emirates continues Team NZ support with TP52 By Emirates Team NZ media, 9:31 AM Wed 1 Oct 2008
Emirates, the Dubai-based global airline, on Wednesday confirmed its continued support for New Zealand and the sport of sailing by renewing its successful partnership with Emirates Team New Zealand. The airline has also committed to backing Emirates Team New Zealand on the Mediterranean TP52 regatta circuit next year. ...[more]


Emirates Team NZ announce TP52 build and campaign By Richard Gladwell, 7:01 AM Wed 1 Oct 2008
Emirates Team New Zealand today announced their new TP52 at a media function in Auckland. The new yacht as announced previously will be built by Cookson Boats on Auckland's North Shore, and has been under construction for two weeks. The spars will be built by Southern Spars and the sails by North Sails New Zealand. ...[more]


Day 1 of Nations Cup Qualifier - AUS and NZL By RNZYS Media, 12:16 PM Fri 26 Sep 2008
After a morning practice session comprising a mixed round-robin at the request of the competitors, racing got underway at 1.30 this afternoon in absolutely sparkling conditions but with a shifty light south-westerly breeze that ranged from 8 – 13 knots. Racing was made challenging for sailors and the race management personnel alike. ...[more]


North Sails feature in Winter Series and Simrad By Zoe Hawkins, 7:59 PM Thu 25 Sep 2008
North Sails NZ congratulates its customers for topping the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron winter series. Jagged Edge – the modified SR26 owned by Josh Tucker – has won the double- line and PHRF, in the shorthaul division 2 of the B&G Simrad Two-Handed Series. Racing against the Ross 930s, E7.9s and E9s they took a comprehensive victory to defy the odds as one of the smallest boats in the division. J ...[more]


Norths Sails secure top five at Hamilton By Zoe Hawkins, 3:57 PM Wed 24 Sep 2008
Being amongst 14 grand prix boats charging off the startline was a great feeling for Norths’ NZ Marketing Director, Andrew Wills. 'It was pretty scary too as the masts lean over to windward huge amounts when the canters luff on the line,' he says. North Sails secured the top five spots at the end of racing ...[more]


Speedboat renamed ‘Virgin Money’ - aims for record By Zoe Hawkins, 8:12 PM Sun 21 Sep 2008
Speedboat has been renamed Virgin Money and is looking to set a new Transatlantic record, with Sir Richard Branson, Mike Sanderson, Alex Jackson and a crew of 20 onboard. The Cookson built supermaxi was rigged Southern Spars and has a full inventory of sails from North Sails’ Auckland loft. She has now been sign written and branded in Virgin Money’s distinctive red and white livery. ...[more]


North Sails at work on late Volvo Ocean Race entry By Zoe Hawkins, 1:41 PM Thu 18 Sep 2008
When Chieftain Racing made a last minute call to enter the Volvo Ocean Race starting on 11 October 2008 in Alicante, Spain, they called on the considerable Volvo Ocean Racing expertise of North Sails’ designer Gautier Sergent. Gautier was not only the designer behind Brasil 1’s sails in the last VOR, but he also had a hand in designing the new rule, so he knew what was required ...[more]


ASB Finn 2008: The eve of the Games By Dan Slater, 11:31 AM Sat 9 Aug 2008
Dan Slater reports on the ASB Finn 2008 campaign on the eve of the first race in the 2008 Olympic Regatta: Well tomorrow is really what the last four years has all been about and its exciting that it has finally come round. I have had a great build up and everything has been great. The boat feels good and looks good I feel good... ...[more]


Audio: Dan Slater previews first race of Olympics By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, 8:49 PM Fri 8 Aug 2008
NZ Olympic Finn representative, Dan Slater previews the first race of the Olympic Regatta, covering the conditions over the past week, who he believes his main opposition will be in the Finn class and reveals some of the secret developments that have been achieved by North sails and Southern Spars. ...[more]


North Sails NZ - the year in review -1 By Zoe Hawkins - North Sails New Zealand, Auckland , 5:00 PM Thu 24 Jul 2008
Over the past 12 months there has been plenty of action emanating from North Sails loft in downtown Auckland, New Zealand. In the first of a two part series we feature some of the projects in which they have been involved - including Dan Slater's Finn campaign for Qingdao, Bay of Islands Sailing Week, Hugo Boss, Mediterranean Cup, RC44s, Kiwis at Opti Worlds and more. ...[more]


NZL Team reports Day 5 Optimist Worlds in Cesme By Peter Dawson, 1:15 PM Thu 24 Jul 2008
Peter Dawson reports on the fortunes of the NZL Yachting Trust Optimist team competing on Day 5 at the 2008 Optimist Worlds in Cesme, Turkey: 'After two discussions between coaches and jury who did not see eye to eye over last nights decision by the jury to abandon the last 2 flights of the day, the sailors were back on the race course to resail Race 10b and10b. ...[more]


Optimist Worlds Report , Day 3 – NZ top qualifier By Peter Dawson, 6:50 AM Sun 20 Jul 2008
The boats were held ashore for light winds and the first race got underway at 1:50pm. Race 6 Flight 1 – Logan and Andrew: At the start of the race we had 5 knots with a slight sea. There was a right favoured track and Andrew and Logan both came in from the left. Logan was 19th at the top and Andrew was 49th. At the finish Logan was 18th and Andrew was 46th. ...[more]


NZL Yachting Trust Optimist team - Worlds- Day 2 By Peter Dawson, 8:58 AM Sat 19 Jul 2008
The breeze was 15 knots and steady with a short chop. There was a delayed start for an hour because the race committee decided it was a bit shifty (20-30 degrees) to send the sailors out. ...[more]


ASB Finn: 'Weed is still a massive problem' By Dan Slater, 6:13 AM Fri 18 Jul 2008
Dan Slater reports from the ASB Finn campaign building up to the 2008 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Qingdao. 'The weed is still a massive problem and the last two days it has got lots worse. This has made racing and testing really difficult and almost unfair. On one ½ mile beat today I had to clear the rudder and centerboard 6 times. Some patches are up to 25m long on the course area. ' ...[more]


NZL Optimist team - Day 1 Worlds Report from Cesme By Peter Dawson, 6:07 AM Fri 18 Jul 2008
Day 1 of the Worlds finally arrived after a few days acclimatization and training. Practice Race yesterday was the usual shambles so no further report on that. Racing got underway on time at midday. There are three flights for each race, 250 entries so about 84 boats on a start line ...[more]


Andrew Brown reports on the 2008 Moth Worlds By Andrew Brown, Force Racing, 7:37 AM Sun 13 Jul 2008
The Moth Worlds 20008 ended up being two days of racing after five days of no racing. On Thursday four races were held with two in the morning then two after a lunch break. With 99 boats on the startline the start was a huge part of the race and in the first race I had a shocker, getting into irons out of a tack and then having to catch up the rest of the race. ...[more]


Moth at last - Racing on Worlds Day 5 By Alexandra Harris, 5:08 AM Fri 11 Jul 2008
After four days of howling winds, the 99 boat 2008 Moth World Championship fleet raced today in Weymouth UK. Thierry Martinez was on the water for today's four races. Here are a few of his images. ...[more]


Speedboat takes advantage of Southern Technology By Richard Gladwell, Offshore Yachting magazine, 9:32 PM Wed 9 Jul 2008
Soaring an impressive forty six metres above the Viaduct Basin in downtown Auckland, Speedboat’s rig represents the new leading edge in spar and rigging technology. Constructed a few metres away in Southern Spar’s factory in nearby Pakenham Street, the state of the art carbon spar is stepped aboard the most powerful racing yacht in the world. ...[more]


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