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Volvo Ocean Race: The making of Camper's mast at Southern Spars By Camper, 9:16 PM Thu 21 Jul 2011
Join Camper skipper, Chris Nicholson, as he takes us behind the doors of Southern Spars new factory and shows a mast under construction for the Volvo Ocean racer to be sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand. This is a rare look at just how these spars are made - and gives us a look at the impeccable interior of the state of the art Southern Spars facility. And then there's an onboard video ...[more]


Takahashi-Fry wins 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals By Richard Gladwell, 3:07 PM Mon 25 Apr 2011
Sailed under overcast skies, which turned to constant rain for the final race, and a fresh onshore breeze, the 310 competitors had a tough final day for the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals - the largest single class regatta ever held in New Zealand. The final race results have not yet been posted, however Takahashi-Fry had the contest sewn up with a race to sail, possibly more. ...[more]


Images from Wakatere: Day 4 of 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals By Richard Gladwell, 10:52 PM Sun 24 Apr 2011
Sail-World was on the water this afternoon for Day 4 of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals in New Zealand captured the action from the final race of the day in the Open fleet. ...[more]


2011 Toyota Optimist NZ Nationals - Race Day 4 Report By Christine Hansen, Devonport , 6:35 PM Sun 24 Apr 2011
Leonard Takahashi-Fry holds onto the lead with one day to go in the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals, Isaac McHardie is a comfortable second and Nathaniel Deverell keeps hold of third, but there's one more day of racing to come and there's a strong group of sailors after one of the top five position to secure a place in the New Zealand team to compete in the World Championship in Napier later this y ...[more]


Toyota Optimist Nationals: Consistency pays on Day 4 + Video By Richard Gladwell, 2:28 PM Sun 24 Apr 2011
Racing has just concluded on the fourth day of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals, and with all to sail for, the top sailors could afford, and made no mistakes. Series favourite Markus Sommerville sailing for the host Club, Wakatere, strung together two wins and a third to move up three places on the leaderboard. ...[more]


Images of Wakatere: Pleased to be ashore after a long day By Christine Hansen, 7:54 PM Sat 23 Apr 2011
Photographer Christine Hansen took these images as the fleet in the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals came ashore after a long day on Day 3 on the water off Narrow Neck Beach, Auckland. ...[more]


2011 Toyota Optimist NZ Nationals - Race Day 3 Report By Christine Hansen, Devonport , 4:31 PM Sat 23 Apr 2011
New Zealand has reclaimed the top positions at the end of racing on the third day of the National Championship. The Open fleet sailed four races today and are now half way through their series, and half way to final selection for one of the five places in the NZ Worlds team. ...[more]


Images from Wakatere: Day 3 of 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals By Richard Gladwell, 3:36 PM Sat 23 Apr 2011
Against Doctor's orders, Sail-World was on the water this afternoon for the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals and captured the action from the finish of Race 4 in one division of the Open Fleet and Race 5. ...[more]


Toyota Optimist Nationals: Lighter seabreezes shuffle the top on Day 3 By Richard Gladwell, Devonport, NZ , 3:10 PM Sat 23 Apr 2011
The points table has had a shakeup on the third day of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals being sailed at Auckland's Wakatere Boating Club on the city's North Shore. Due to light and inconsistent winds on the first day of racing, none of the three scheduled races were able to be sailed, but today four were completed allowing a discard to come into effect - helping some sailor's pointscores ...[more]


Optimist Nationals: Early starts hit Championship favourites + Video By Richard Gladwell and Event Media, 9:44 PM Fri 22 Apr 2011
The second day of racing has concluded in the Toyota Optimist Championships being sailed at Auckland's Narrow Neck beach, on the North Shore. Two Australian sailors are placed in the top three overall in the Open fleet. After all racing was lost yesterday in the Open Fleet due to non-existent or inconsistent wind, racing only got underway properly today with a moderate 8 - 10 knot sea breeze ...[more]


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]


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