The latest addition to the J Class resurrection, Lion Heart, was launched in Holland last week. Yes, she is big. Yes, she is beautiful. And yes, she has a carbon rig (Hall Spars) and composite rigging (Future Fibres). Still we couldn’t find anything interesting to write until we zoomed in on the picture taken shortly … Read more
Well – we do not need to explain to you why we have moved from wire to soft fibre over the last few years but this video serves as a graphic reminder. Also there are a couple of very cool test bed breakages! Thank you to Atlantic Braids. We like.
Image: Groupama Frank Gammas Groupama 3 is being prepared for short – handed sailing, which includes experimenting with innovative ways to power the winches. The idea is that Frank can alternate between using his arms or legs to trim the sails and hence conserve strength. Nice touch!
Torbjörn Linderson explains Marstrom Composite’s long standing relationship with Gunboat – currently the cruising cat of choice the world over: (Source: Marstrom) It’s very interesting that Marstrom Composite is a spar supplier to Gunboat with a production in South Africa, quite a distance from Sweden… How did this business relation start up? TB: Peter Johnstone … Read more
(Source: Future Fibres / Future Spars) Future Fibres Founder Tom Hutchinson (left) and Marcello Persico, Persico´s Business Development Director. Photo: http://www.clairematches.com/ Composite rigging specialist Future Fibres has teamed up with leading mould specialist Persico Spa to design and build carbon masts for high-end customers in the grand prix race and superyacht markets. The new venture, … Read more
(Source: Southern Spars) Following months of design and development, the first Archambault M34 was launched and sailed last week in the seaside port of La Rochelle, France. This innovative Joubert-Nivelt-Mercier design was selected as the new class for yachting’s famous Tour De France a la Voile, starting in 2011, replacing the Farr 30 after 12 … Read more
(Source: Hall Spars) The Ted Fontaine-designed Friendship 75 Isabel was recently launched in New Zealand with a full Seamless spar package from Hall. Isabel’s spars package includes three-spreader masthead rig and Oceanfurl boom. Designed for luxury cruising by the owners without the need for additional crew, all controls for the Oceanfurl are located near the … Read more
(Source: Southern Spars) 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th … the proof is in the results. Southern Spars once again acknowledges the outstanding performances of the crews aboard Speedboat, Il Mostro, Rambler, Genuine Risk, Beau Geste, Ran, Bella Mente, Vanquish; and congratulate them all on their successes in this year’s Newport Bermuda Race. The formula … Read more
What is going on on ‘Speedboat’ in the lead up to the Bermuda race? All boats should have riggers like that! (click on the picture to zoom…)
We are not going to judge or even join the ‘underage sailing’ debate. The only thing we find interesting is how clean the decks are on Abby Sunderland’s boat. We are looking forward to hearing the full story of how the rig was lost and cleared away.