(Source: Vendeeglobe.org) After losing her mast in the Transat Jacques Vabre, a new one is being made for Akena Vérandas at the JMV yard in Cherbourg. The monohull currently in for her refit in Les Sables d’Olonne is due to be relaunched with her new mast in early April. Arnaud gives us more details about … Read more
Add a splash of fun to your rigging with these great looking dog bones. Nice to see ‘colour’ making a comeback.
(Source: East Bay RI) When it shipped a 218.8-foot mast on Tuesday, Jan. 31, Hall Spars broke a Bristol mast length record that had stood for nearly 109 years. The mast, for a futuristic 165-foot Wally sloop, is now the longest ever produced in Bristol. It eclipses the 199-foot mast built for Reliance by the … Read more
We love these pictures taken during a recent bow remodel undertaken by Accastillage Diffusion Denia in Spain. ‘The boat had an accident and we repaired it, we changed the shape of the bow and we designed a bowsprit. All the rigging has been overhauled and the mast has been checked for possible damages’, comments Alvaro … Read more
NEX STR: New range of Profurl stayfurlers (Source: ProFurl) Following the launch of its new range of flying sail furlers called NEX, Profurl has developped a new range of stayfurlers called NEX STR. Initially reserved for the sailing elite (60’ open, ORMA multihulls), stayfurlers are becoming increasingly common on a variety of sailing boats: cruisers, … Read more
(Source: Wichard) When used in conjunction with heavy loads (mastfoot block, spinnaker tack point), normal friction blocks are heavy and take up space. Following on from our success with the MX halyard shackle, Wichard is proud to present the MXL: a new soft block solution for ropes. Accessible to all, the MXL is strong, reliable, … Read more
Twisted Flow Wind Tunnel in Auckland Another great insight into the world of sails by Peter Gustafsson and first published on Blur.se: Sails are fascinating. It doesn’t matter how much you learn about how they should look and be trimmed, there’s always areas you don’t understand and need to lear more about. If you’re … Read more
The boys at Equiplite make the most of the bad weather in Europe to get some testing done. Connectors for Santa’s sleigh?
Some new bits from TyeTec: Soft Attached Blocks – Single, Double and Snatchblocks TyeTec LOOP are leading the way in soft attached, self aligning, lightweight and for the first time affordable yachting hardware. Whilst the development of modern fibres has been significant over the last five years, the matching hardware with stainless steel attachments have not … Read more
AC45’s TO GET WING EXTENSION (Source: Oracle Racing) Last year at this time the AC45 was hitting the water for its first sea trials, no more than four months after the ORACLE Racing Design Team undertook the project. It is also in Auckland where in the coming days Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa … Read more