Spreader. Less.

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(Source: C-Tech)Congratulations to Ethan Bixby who placed 5th recently at the 2012 Contender World Champs in Florida racing with a new concept spreader-less rig. Designed by C-Tech the concept has been developed along the lines of the Farr 3.7’s spreader-less rig.  Ethan Bixby racing in Florida at the 2012 Contender Worlds with a new concept  … Read more

Carbo-Link Groupama D1 Test

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Groupama 4’s rigging tested, results in zero degradation after 35,000 miles of extreme sailing (Source: Carbo-Link) A load test was conducted on Groupama 4’s starboard D1 shroud by EMPA, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research. The shroud withheld a break load 6% above the designed break load, which is 2.5 times the  … Read more

Carbonised Leopard

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(Source: Future Fibres) A few shots of Leopard 3’s new RDS solid carbon rigging and the mast being prepared to go back in the boat. Our RDS lateral rigging system has a full length, tapered carbon cap shroud with removable diagonals. Stepping is scheduled for later today after an extensive refit of the interior, mast  … Read more

Gamesa update

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Mike Golding’s quest for the Vendee Globe was interrupted when he dismasted during a a training session in the Solent.  The failure has been attributed to a broken furling unit which has subsequently set in motion a race against time to get Mike back on the water and training for the ultimate race on the single  … Read more

Finn Mast Cam

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Some great footage from Finn sailor Hein van Egmond preparing for the Gold Cup in Falmouth. We particularly enjoyed the mast cam angle. Funny that.

T10 Backstay: Cascade

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We love Chicago Yacht Rigging Inc detailed write-ups on their various project and we are glad to share them here. This one is one for ‘everyman’s boat, which is a nice little departure for the recent features which were mainly Grand Prix racing and super yacht based. Check it: Here are a few pics of the  … Read more

Bella

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The new Bella Mente, a JV designed, 72′ Mini Maxi is up and running. Check out the vid of their structure testing and sea-trials. The rig and rigging package is a truly mixed bag, drawing on the benefits and expertise of a number of top suppliers. Hall Spars, Southern Spars and Future Fibres are all playing an  … Read more

RIP – Frank Bethwaite

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 Frank conducting his last rig experiments in the carpark at Woollahra Sailing Club in March this year. Photo courtesy Nicky Bethwaite.  (Source: Scuttlebutt Europe) Frank Bethwaite passed away peacefully after a short illness on Saturday 12 May 2012, surrounded by his family. A pioneer in small boat design and research, Frank was the  … Read more

40 Degrees Dismasted

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A few minutes after the start of the Class 40 Atlantic Cup, ’40 Degrees’ mast came tumbling down – Check out the interview with co-skipper Hanna Jenner shortly after the incidence. Bummed.