(Source: VOR) New Zealand-based Southern Spars will supply the complete rig package – mast, boom and rigging – for the One Design Volvo Ocean 65 that will contest the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. Camper and Telefonica used a complete rigging package from Southern Spars in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Lorient, … Read more
© Mike Golding / Gamesa Mike Golding (Gamesa), was back up to speed on Sunday afternoon after Forties roared at Gamesa in the early hours of the morning. After a frustrating Friday in a hole, Golding was just starting to enjoy himself in 20 knots of wind when, at 0400hrs (UTC) a 35 knot gust … Read more
DSM, producer of Dyneema® has introduced Dyneema® Max Technology DM20, a new fiber designed for the production of incredibly strong ropes that provide unrivalled strength, and durability – ideal for standing rigging. As the yachting world strives to gain the maximum performance from boats large and small, saving weight is of paramount importance. Since the … Read more
Check out Tanguy scaling his mast solo for one last check before diving into the southern latitudes. Make sure that you do your bit by ‘liking’ Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, the charity Tanguy is sailing for. Each ‘like’ equates to a 1 Euro donation which goes towards a child’s heart surgery. Do it – it costs you nothing.
www.energasailing.pl Quite a number of teams have already wrapped up their Vendee Globe campaign for a varity of reasons. Zbigniew Gutkowski did so quite literally. A Chinese jib, due to yet another Autopilot failure caused this hidious wrap of the genacker around the forestay. Amazingly, Gutek got the wrap eventually out without any major damage to … Read more
Rigging specialists Marine Results have made a key new appointment to their management team. Ben Porteous joins the company as Project Manager, to take charge of planning and control of the major rig work and NDT (non-destructive testing) projects that the company’s teams carry out around the world. Marine Results is responsible for rig servicing … Read more
Giancarlo has been at it again. Your remember the work he shared with us here? His latest creation are SDK78 parallel core strops with a nicely detailed whipping.
(Source: Kohlhoff GmbH) The LOOP® Lock has been designed for halyards, tacklines or any other application where a light, strong and reliable rope holding system is required. It works on the same principle as a single braid splice, holding the rope by friction. To open the LOOP® Lock, just pull on the release line, without having to preload the halyard! It … Read more
Thanks to Luna Rossa’s unprecedented openness with regards to media access, the web is flooded with detailed pictures of their new AC72. It would seem to be a shrewed marketing move since concerns of other teams copying designs and ideas are at an all time low. Evidently most of the teams have more than enough on trying to figure out … Read more
Strong winds caused high drama at the ChinaCup International Regatta in Hong Kong. Read the full story here.