With the Route du Rhum kicking off, Lorima Masts have put out an impressive summary of the masts carrying their logo in this years’ event. Check it:
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.
Tanguy de LaMotte retrieves the halyard, swivel and what’s left of the top fitting of the broken Genoa furling stay on his Class 40. Lying 7th and positioned south of the fleet, there is plenty of runway left for the team to get into the chocolates in the La Solidaire du Chocolate.
Top-Down furling is gaining popularity rapidly across the full spectrum of yachts. Stay manufacturers produce reliable torisional cables and furling units are being produced with the sole purpose of furling loose luffed sails from the top down. The future for this system looks bright! This vid shows the class 40 ‘Icarus’, using a Karver KSF2 … Read more
(Source: Global Ocean Race) Meanwhile, in Cape Town, work is progressing well on the sixth GOR Class40, Sec. Hayai of the Dutch father-and-son duo, Nico and Frans Budel. On the first evening of racing in Leg 2, Sec. Hayai dismasted off the Cape of Good Hope and the Budels returned to Cape Town without assistance. … Read more
Sails draped over the foredeck seconds after the dismast on Sec. Hayai – Photo Sec. Hayai (Source: GOR) After 14 hours of racing in Leg 2 of the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR), the Dutch father-and-son team of Nico and Frans Budel dismasted shortly before rounding the Cape of Good Hope and … Read more
New Zealand Spars and Rigging congratulates Ross and Campbell Field on Leg 1 Global Ocean Race victory (Source: BYMnews) Ross Field wanted to work with new companies when he embarked on his campaign to race two handed around the world in a forty foot boat, and he elected to team up with New Zealand Spars … Read more
Formula Marine one of Europe’s leading mast builders supplied their new generation of ultra-lightweight carbon masts for the first three yachts to finish in the recent Normandy Channel Race for this demanding class. The gruelling course took the yachts from Ouistreham, Port of Caen, through the Solent in the UK to Ireland. After rounding the … Read more
Final preparations are underway in St. Malo for the 87 (!) skippers in this year’s edition of the Route de Rhum, starting tomorrow PM. Follow it here .
The first Kiwi 40FC stepped and launched in Auckland this morning. The stepping of this Class 40 designed by the Farr office has been delayed due to bad weather in New Zealand in recent days. Sea trials will start shortly.