Details, Details

VOR and Ian Roman treat us to some shots of the newly launched VOR65 Dongfeng (actually boat no.1). There are some nice details in there. © Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race © Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race © Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race © Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

Link up

SoftLink: Soft shackle for all by Wichard   (Source: Wichard) SoftLink is a soft shackle developed by Wichard for recreational sailors looking for performance and ease of use. Thanks to its stainless steel connector, SoftLink can be used without any particular knowledge of ropework. It can be fitted and removed with ease, even under tension.  … Read more

Old on new

    (Source: Southern Spars / RigPro NZ) So here we have the brand new Beau Geste Botin 80 with the original mast from the Farr 80, with a few modifications: 1: Over lamination for strength on the mast tube to respect the new boats increased righting momentum.  2: The old mast setup used to  … Read more


Future Fibres is pleased to present the Low Profile (Lo-Pro) adjustable composite cable termination. (Source: Future Fibres) The composite cable market has been maturing rapidly over the last 5 years with multiple competing core cable technologies all offering various trade-offs between weight, diameter, durability, longevity and handling. The next big development frontier to provide opportunities  … Read more

Another take over

(Source: Reckmann) RECKMANN has just signed the contract to take over the Nautic Sail Management (NSM) product range. It is the second take over this year after RECKMANN took over the HOLMATRO rigging hydraulics in January. NSM in the Netherlands has designed and produced highly innovative furl boom drives. This includes electric and hydraulic furl boom drives,  … Read more


A quick thanks to Equiplite for my new key ring!

The book

(Source: RYA) Rigging is often portrayed as a black art which means that cruising sailors lack the confidence to tamper or adjust it through the fear of the unknown. This publication (which is available as both a paperback and eBook) aims to change that by splicing together a whole range of little known gems about  … Read more


  Karver KJ Jammer has been nominated for the METS Dame Award in Amsterdam!   (Source: Karver) On racing boats and super yachts alike, Karver noticed a growing frustration from sailors who were struggling to prevent modern rope covers from slipping in jammers and clutches. Following this market feedback for better rope holding technology, Karver  … Read more

Self Aligning Pad eye

(Source: Rondal) This self-aligning pad eye is able to rotate 270 degrees without any visible buttons, locking pins or the requirement of extra tools. The pad eye is interchangeable with different baseplates installed in the deck. During mooring or specific sailing situations, all unnecessary blocks can be removed from deck, creating a clean deck both  … Read more