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Southern Spars and the new era of Grand Prix racing yachts
By Josh Impey,
8:20 PM Wed 22 May 2013
With an order book bursting with projects – four America’s Cup AC72 wing sails, up to ten Volvo 65’ One Design rigs, multiple superyacht rigs and a new era of Grand Prix racing rigs, all in 2013 – it’s clear that Southern Spars is leading the way with design, technology and manufacturing of composite spars and rigging. ...[more]
North Sails to provide one-design sails for VOR Teams in 2014-15 Race
9:16 PM Mon 20 May 2013
North Sails have been selected to provide one design sails for the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race, complementing the one design hulls and one design rigs being supplied by North's sister company Southern Spars.
In keeping with the multi-national supplier theme of the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race, the sails have been designed and tested in New Zealand, built in USA and finished in France ...[more]
Volvo Ocean Race: Southern Spars ready to deliver first VO65 rigs
By Volvo Ocean Race,
9:28 PM Tue 2 Apr 2013
Two rigs done, five more underway: Southern Spars is on schedule to deliver the first Volvo Ocean 65 rigs next month. The New Zealand rig specialist will supply all the masts, booms and rigging for the 2014-15 and 2017-18 races. ...[more]
America's Cup : Emirates Team NZ's AC72 - NZL5 goes down the mine?
By Chris Cameron,
9:52 PM Wed 20 Feb 2013
Emirates Team New Zealand are just a few days into testing their new AC72 - and certainly seem to be putting the 72ft foiling catamaran cat through her paces. Whether this trip down the mine was deliberate or not , is a matter of conjecture, but in the remainder of the images there doesn't seem to be too many issues aside from flying spray. ...[more]
Volvo Ocean Race: Spar build well underway at Southern Spars
By Volvo Ocean Race,
8:58 PM Sat 9 Feb 2013
Wondering what’s happening with the rigs of the new Volvo Ocean 65? It’s well underway at Southern Spars, New Zealand. Our sole spar suppliers are working fast: three masts are already being finished and the first boom is ready to go. ...[more]
Vendee Globe: Victory for Francois Gabart, North Sails, and 3Di techno
4:26 AM Tue 5 Feb 2013
Over the past three years, North Sails 3Di technology has won the Barcelona World Race, the Volvo Ocean Race, and now the Vendee Globe. The first two finishers for this spectacular race carried full North Sails inventories around the world, with the third placed boat a partial inventory. ...[more]
Volvo Ocean Race: Southern Spars to be mast supplier for Volvo 65
10:19 PM Mon 17 Dec 2012
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.
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 ...[more]
Ken Read named as new President of North Sails Group
8:50 PM Thu 13 Dec 2012
North Sails announced today that Volvo Ocean Race skipper and veteran sailmaker Ken Read will return to North Sails in the role of president in early January, 2013. Read will take over for current president Gary Weisman, who has served at the helm of the world's largest sailmaker for 16 years, and who plans to retire within the next 4 months. ...[more]
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