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Southern Spars: An integrated NTG rig package is the top choice

by Southern Spars/Sail-World.com/nz 4 Mar 18:40 PST 5 March 2019
George Sakellaris' Maxi 72, Proteus © RORC / Tim Wright / www.photoaction.com

Southern Spars pride themselves on customer care, responsiveness and providing the best solution for their clients.

Following the dismasting of Proteus while training for the RORC Caribbean 600 earlier this month, Southern Spars are now working hard to bring forward the delivery of a replacement mast that was already under way at the moment of the incident. This will ensure that the yacht can be back sailing again this summer. The boat has not made public the reason for the dismasting, but it should be noted that the rigging for this boat was not sourced from within the North Technology Group (NTG) Masts Group of companies.

Southern Spars sister company, Future Fibres, is a manufacturer of both solid and multistrand carbon rigging and understand the merits of both. Although the Future Fibres’ solid RAZR product is offered for Grand Prix in-shore racing, Southern Spars' multistrand ECsix continues to provide the best-proven and most durable solution for all other applications and all offshore racing teams.

With ECsix multistrand rigging, the cables absorb energy in an impact, which means damage doesn’t necessarily migrate through the whole cable, and if a single strand is damaged only that strand needs to be repaired. Because of this characteristic, the cables can support extreme stresses and in case of impact still help to sail the yacht home.

Thanks to North Technology Group’s “Engine Above Deck” concept and Southern Spars unique bespoke design suite, sourcing both spars and rigging from Southern Spars and Future Fibres is an obvious choice. Together the two NTG companies provide a fully integrated and optimised rig package where the entire sail and rig plan works cohesively and there is a perfect understanding of the loads on the hull and rig.

Southern Spars and Future Fibres look to form long term relations with boats and race programmes so that together they can maximize their client’s racing performance.

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