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Rolex Sydney Hobart: An inside look at Comanche with Ken Read By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 6:50 AM Mon 29 Dec 2014
Before the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, Ken Read, skipper of the US supermaxi Comanche gave this tour above and below decks of Jim and Kristy Clark's new 100ft flyer. ...[more]


Super maxi Comanche sea-trialling - Video By Bridgid Murphy, , 3:47 PM Thu 6 Nov 2014
Comanche, built in Maine (USA) and launched only a couple of weeks ago, features in a just released video by Onne van der Wal. Comanche, which was sailed by Ken Read and the crew from its base in Newport (RI) to Charleston (SC), is currently on a ship to Australia with the intention to compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart start on December 26, 2014 ...[more]


North Technology Group announces acquisition of Future Fibres By Josh Impey, , 6:27 AM Thu 6 Nov 2014
North Technology Group (NTG) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Future Fibres by Southern Spars. Founded 20 years ago by Tom Hutchinson and based in Valencia, Spain, Future Fibres is a marine industry leader in high performance carbon cables, masts, booms, spreaders and custom components. ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race: Last chance to win a stopover trip with ECsix By Sail-World, , 8:53 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014
Your last chance to win a trip of a life time to any port of call along the Round the World Race in 2015. All you have to do is design, scribble, write or draw a T-Shirt design and submit it online at www.ecsix.com/contest. 'You don’t have to be a designer to win, we are after the best creative idea that fits our brand' says ECsix’s Scott Vogel. You have just one day left. ...[more]


Southern Spars team celebrates 25 years of success and innovation By Sail-World, , 6:05 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014
The Southern Spars team celebrates the company’s 25th year in operation with a continuous wave of innovation and ongoing expansion of its global operation. The company now employs 550 people worldwide with manufacturing or service facilities in New Zealand , South Africa, USA, Denmark, Sri Lanka and Spain. ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race: Last chance to win a stopover trip with ECsix By Sail-World, , 4:16 AM Fri 3 Oct 2014
Your last chance to win a trip of a life time to any port of call along the Round the World Race in 2015. All you have to do is design, scribble, write or draw a T-Shirt design and submit it online at www.ecsix.com/contest. 'You don’t have to be a designer to win, we are after the best creative idea that fits our brand' says ECsix’s Scott Vogel. You have just one day left. ...[more]


Southern Spars ships the world's tallest masts By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:23 PM Wed 1 Oct 2014
Leading world sparmaker, Southern Spars, has shipped two spars for a new 85 metre ketch. The superyacht will carry two 93metre masts which will be the world’s tallest rigs on one gigantic yacht. ...[more]


Southern Spars One Design complete 500th J/70 rig By Sail-World, , 10:26 AM Thu 4 Sep 2014
With just over a week to go until the inaugural J/70 World Championship, the team from Southern Spars One Design are celebrating the build of the 500th J/70 carbon mast at their facility in Sri Lanka. 'The first J/70 prototype rig was tested in 2011. The first five rigs were delivered in 2012 and now here we are two years later having just completed rig #500! ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt By Sail-World, , 12:47 PM Mon 11 Aug 2014
Here's your chance to win a trip for two to one of the seven ports of call in the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race. Scott Vogel, President of Composite Rigging, announced that the company is sponsoring the 'ECsix T-Shirt Design Contest.' According to Vogel, 'Everyone and anyone have a chance to win an expense paid 'trip for two' to one of seven ports-of-call along the Round the World Race.' ...[more]


Southern Spars offer free Carbon Furling boom to a lucky owner By Sail-World, , 11:40 AM Tue 15 Jul 2014
Southern Spars is looking for one lucky owner to test out our new Coastal Furl boom and in return you will get to keep the boom. The Coastal Furl is an all carbon furling boom for the 30-40 foot range with a price tag unheard of in the carbon market at only NZD $12,999 RRP. Next year we will see two more size ranges become available for yachts ranging from 40-70 foot. ...[more]


Composite Rigging launches new campaign for ECsix By Josh Impey, , 7:29 PM Tue 24 Jun 2014
Composite Rigging is proud to introduce their new When Your Mast Must Stay Up campaign for ECsix, the most innovative continuous carbon rigging in the marine industry. The campaign centers around the product’s standout features; high performance, value and longevity in grueling ocean conditions. ...[more]


Southern Spars appoint Rob Salthouse as Project Manager By Josh Impey, , 9:30 AM Thu 5 Jun 2014
Southern Spars has welcomed Rob Salthouse to their team in his preliminary role as Project Manager and assisting Project Manager Kevin Batten with his multiple projects. As part of his new role Salthouse will primarily help Kevin look after the Volvo 65 fleet for the upcoming 2014/2015 edition. ...[more]


Southern Spars appoint Rob Salthouse as Project Manager By Josh Impey, , 8:38 AM Tue 3 Jun 2014
Southern Spars has welcomed Rob Salthouse to their team in his preliminary role as Project Manager and assisting Project Manager Kevin Batten with his multiple projects. As part of his new role Salthouse will primarily help Kevin look after the Volvo 65 fleet for the upcoming 2014/2015 edition. ...[more]


Southern Spars announces new management team for Rig Pro International By Josh Impey, , 11:03 PM Wed 7 May 2014
Southern Spars is pleased to announce the new Rig Pro International management team, led by Des Davis and supported by Gavin McPherson. Both Davis and McPherson are extremely passionate sailors and have a wealth of experience in the yachting industry that will see them take Rig Pro from strength to strength ...[more]


Southern Spars: Your chance to join one of the world's iconic builders By Sail-World, , 6:57 AM Thu 6 Feb 2014
One of New Zealand's premier marine manufacturing companies, Southern Spars, is looking to take on new staff as business expands. This is your chance your chance to join one of the world's iconic companies in sailing and be involved the design, build and support for clients needing top quality spars and related equipment for their superyacht, grand prix racer, America's Cup yachts ...[more]


Ed Dubois discusses the advantages of building a Superyacht in NZ By NZ Marine, , 10:22 PM Wed 29 Jan 2014
Leading superyacht designer Ed Dubois gives his take on the New Zealand boat building industry, commenting on New Zealand's straight forward business approach and the openness to new ideas. Ed shares why New Zealand has the skills, innovation and expertise to make it one of the best boat building countries in the world. ...[more]


Nine wins in nine years - Southern Spars has the secret formula! By Josh Impey, Auckland, NZ , 6:12 AM Wed 8 Jan 2014
Southern Spars rigged yachts have taken Line Honours victory in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart nine years running. What is more significant to note is that Southern Spars rigged yachts have taken all of the podium spots for the past five years and top five in the past two years. ...[more]


Southern Spars make two finals at the 2013 Auckland Exporter Awards By Sail-World, 10:33 AM Thu 20 Jun 2013
Southern Spars NZ, an Auckland-based world leader in carbon spars and rigging is a finalist in two categories at the 2013 Auckland Exporter of the year Awards. Southern Spars NZ has been selected as a finalist in the Auckland Export Awards 2013 in two categories - The Westpac Exporter of the Year award (total sales over $25 million) and the Baldwins Intellectual Property Best Commercialisation ...[more]


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]


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]


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