AC 2013 – Winging it.

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For you guys who are interested finer details of the AC72 and AC45, you will have to wait until the 30th September and 30th October respectively for the full design rules to be released. This is what we know from the protocol released today in terms of the Masts / Wings. 1. For the Match,  … Read more

Harken Rewind™ Radial® Electric Winch

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Will Ease and Trim Sails in Both Directions – Without Taking Line Out of Self-Tailer Pewaukee, WI—The Rewind™ Radial® electric winch is the latest in Harken’s quest to provide cruisers with “easy sailing” solutions. Now, for the first time, sailors can ease and trim highly loaded sails in both directions without taking the line out  … Read more

Statistic

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In a recent interview with Merf Owen from Owen Clarke Design, he was asked what lessons were learnt from the last Vendee Globe. The statistic he draws on in his answer is startling: “There was a comprehensive de-brief with all the sailors. I have had a few sails on Ecover since, and we have had  … Read more

Carnage in Germany

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A multitude of masts, poles and booms were destroyed on the opening two days of the ORCi World Championships in Flensburg, Germany. Arguably the the most spectacular breakage was when the gooseneck sheared off the mast during a practice gybe on Gorm Gondesen’s Rogers 46 Shakti (GER). The break caused significant damage to the carbon  … Read more

Boom Town

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Captured by Carlo Borlenghi dockside in Porto Cervo where the Maxi Worlds kicked off yesterday. Photo credit: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

Oysters

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Oyster 1 (Source: Hall Spars) Design work is underway for a spectacular four-spreader Seamless carbon mast and Hall carbon Oceanfurl boom for the new Oyster 125. The Oyster 125 is the largest superyacht in the new Dubois-designed range recently introduced by Oyster Marine. Hall’s aerospace quality process is the perfect complement to the high-tech construction  … Read more

Break Test

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While there isn’t a great deal of news from the leading rigging/mast companies (boat show season must be around the corner!) – luckily for us CST Composites makes and breaks (testing that is!) things other than masts. Check out their filament wound oar break test. Fun.