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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]


Vendée Globe 2012-13: EC6 rigging once again passes the ultimate test By Josh Impey, 10:18 PM Thu 28 Feb 2013
EC6 bundled continuous carbon rigging has performed flawlessly for the third time during the iconic Vendée Globe round the world race. Five of the top eight Open 60s which completed the 2012-13 Vendée Globe circumnavigation, including unofficial finisher Bernard Stamm, sported EC6 bundled carbon continuous side rigging from Composite Rigging and all five completed the marathon race without rigg ...[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]


Volvo Ocean Race: Southern Spars to be mast supplier for Volvo 65 By Sail-World, 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 By Sail-World, 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]


Southern Spars exhibiting at METS2012 By Sail-World, 7:56 PM Sun 11 Nov 2012
Southern Spars will be exhibiting on stand 01.108 at METS and its incorporated SuperYacht Pavilion 2012. METS is the world's largest exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry. This year the show celebrates its 25th anniversary ...[more]


America's Cup: Southern Spars completes work for first wingsail By Josh Impey, 6:13 PM Mon 6 Aug 2012
The massive 40m carbon fibre wing on the newly-launched Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) AC72 catamaran is made up of components supplied by carbon fibre specialists Southern Spars for the incredible new class of America’s Cup yacht. Southern Spars has been involved in producing much of the leading edge technology used in America’s Cup yachts since the company was formed in 1989, and as Americ ...[more]


Southern Spars announces appointment of Rig Pro New Zealand manager By Josh Impey, 11:22 AM Fri 22 Jun 2012
Southern Spars is delighted to announce the appointment of Alexis Reeves as Rig Pro’s New Zealand Manager. Alexis is a highly experienced rigger whose knowledge of the marine industry is second to none, and he is well positioned to provide the world class level of service and expertise for which Rig Pro is renowned. ...[more]


Southern Spars rigged yachts dominate the 2012 Superyacht Awards By Josh Impey, 8:01 PM Wed 9 May 2012
Southern Spars’ rigged yachts once again dominated the 2012 World Superyacht Awards, with S.Y Vertigo taking top spot as she was crowned the 2012 sailing superyacht of the year and best sailing yacht 40m+ size range. Southern Spars’ rigged Vertigo, is an astounding 67.2m and is equipped with the latest technology in both racing and cruising performance. She has a full Southern Spars rig and r ...[more]


Southern Spars rigged Soto 30 is coming! By Southern Spars, 8:26 PM Wed 2 May 2012
The mast is one of the most important components of the Soto 30, and is being manufactured by Southern Spars. This spar package design has been optimized from the onset with input from the designer, boat builder and sail makers – this translates into a high performance spar package that is engineered and manufactured for seamless, optimal interface with the boat and the sail package. ...[more]


Southern Spars opens new website By Josh Impey, 8:32 PM Tue 24 Jan 2012
Southern Spars has launched a brand-new website at www.southernspars.com. With an emphasis on quality information, imagery and interactive elements, the new website provides existing and prospective customers and suppliers with considerably more detail about the Southern Spars’ global operation than the previous version of the site. ...[more]


Southern Spars fits new mast and rigging for superyacht Salperton By Sail-World, 8:39 PM Tue 8 Nov 2011
The 45m (148ft) performance sloop Salperton IV is now sailing again with brand-new hybrid modulus carbon fibre mast and an EC6 continuous rigging package from Southern Spars. Having been built to a tight deadline by Southern Spars’ Custom Projects team in New Zealand, the replacement mast was fitted and dock-tuned by Southern Spars’ Rig Pro team, on 20 October in Tarragona, Spain. ...[more]


Southern Spars supplies new rig for iconic J-Class Endeavour By Josh Impey, 6:27 PM Mon 31 Oct 2011
The iconic J-Class Endeavour has been fitted with a new 53.7m (176.18’) gold-tipped mast and rigging package from Southern Spars as part of her multi-million dollar refit in Auckland, New Zealand which finished in early October. ...[more]


New TPT plotter in operation for Southern Spars By Sail-World, 11:16 AM Fri 5 Aug 2011
A brand-new thin ply technology (TPT) plotter is now operational at Southern Spars’ Auckland-based Custom Projects facility, adding another component in the company’s drive for higher performing, lighter and stiffer spars. The installation and commissioning of the new automated TPT plotter is another step in the company’s redevelopment of its New Zealand facilities ...[more]


Southern Spars take top three overall in the Region of Sardinia Trophy By Sail-World, 10:30 PM Tue 26 Jul 2011
Southern Spars congratulate the Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One, and complete with a Southern Spars' TPT rig, for obtaining their first victory in an Audi MedCup event on 24 July. After finishing second in two of the MedCup regattas last year, a win was exactly what Jochen Schuemann, Sebastien Col and the international crew needed at the Region of Sardinia Trophy in the Gulf of Cagliari. ...[more]


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