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Southern Spars - Carbonising the 49er By Southern Spars Media, 7:45 PM Tue 16 Dec 2008
It’s one of the fastest growing Olympic classes, with over 1000 yachts sailed in over 40 countries. The 49er is a One Design class known for its high performance, adrenaline pumping speeds. And it’s only going to get better given the latest development in moving to a carbon rig. The new rig is a result of rigorous research and development, a contest between two mast manufacturers ...[more]

Volvo: Delta Lloyd to get new mast in China By Volvo Ocean Race Media, 10:47 PM Tue 9 Dec 2008
Team Delta Lloyd shore manager Jeff Condell has confirmed that their boat will have a new mast from Southern Spars to be stepped in Qingdao. The team came into the race with a weakened mast because of damage sustained when the boat was still owned by Ericsson Racing Team. ...[more]

North Sails Tuning guides: How do sails work? By Paul Bogataj, North sails, 7:08 PM Thu 4 Dec 2008
North Sails' Paul Bogataj provides a technical explanation of how sails work. 'Sails are wings that use the wind to generate a force to move a boat. The following explanation of how this occurs can help understand how to maximize the performance achieved from sails.' ...[more]

North Sails NZ - A wealth of experience By Zoe Hawkins, 12:13 PM Thu 4 Dec 2008
Zoe Hawkins profiles the background and talents of North Sails New Zealand team including Andrew Wills, Richard Bicknell, Jim Maloney, Paul Murray and Josh Tucker. ...[more]

North Sails NZ recover sails for Hugo Boss By Zoe Hawkins, 5:48 AM Tue 11 Nov 2008
When Vendee Globe hopeful Alex Thomson was hit by a fishing boat just three weeks out from the start of the Vendee Globe, his boat’s hull suffered massive damage, and the rig, which was snapped in two, was cut free and sent overboard, the North Sails mainsail going with it. North Sails New Zealand and North Sails France put an emergency plan into action to help get Alex to the startline. ...[more]

Images of the Volvo OR: Action from the Deep South By Volvo Ocean Race Media, 7:41 AM Mon 3 Nov 2008
Images from the last stage of Leg 1 in the South Atlantic as the fleet head to the off Cape Town ...[more]

Images of the Volvo OR: PUMA Racing second Leg 1 By Volvo Ocean Race Media, 6:28 AM Mon 3 Nov 2008
US entry PUMA Racing (Ken Read) has finished second on leg 1 of the Volvo, Ocean Race ...[more]

Volvo OR Images: Finish of Leg 1 - Ericsson 4 By Volvo Ocean Race media, 5:20 AM Mon 3 Nov 2008
Images from the finish of Leg 1 off Cape Town of the first leg winner, Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael) ...[more]

Hugo Boss sails again By Gail Williams, France , 12:35 AM Mon 3 Nov 2008
Saturday afternoon, Hugo Boss left the port for the first few hours of sea trials following her repairs. All went well and when Hugo Boss returned to her rightful home alongside the other Open 60’s on the Vendée pontoons ...[more]

Ericsson 4 wins first Volvo Ocean Race Leg By VOR Media, 5:09 PM Sun 2 Nov 2008
At 05:54 GMT or 07:54am local time, Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael, drifted across the finish line off Cape Town to win Leg One of the Volvo Ocean Race. ...[more]

Storm drives Virgin Money on Atlantic quest By Alex Mills, 5:16 AM Fri 24 Oct 2008
Richard Branson and the Team Origin crew have been going for just over 24 hours and the first signs of fatigue are starting to show. In preparation for the rough conditions forecast, the crew onboard Virgin Money has tried to get as much rest as possible before the predicted winds of up to 50kts hit their decks ...[more]

Volvo Race - Green Dragon leads past scoring gate By Volvo media, Volvo Ocean Race , 4:43 AM Fri 24 Oct 2008
Green Dragon - Ian Walker/GBR - passed through the Volvo Race scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha, on Thursday in the lead at 12:24 GMT. They moved clear to the top of the score board for a short time with six points, before Ericsson 4 - Torben Grael/BRA - followed through at 13:59 GMT. They both sit at the top of the table with six points ...[more]

Virgin Money chases Atlantic Record By Event Media, USA , 1:47 AM Thu 23 Oct 2008
The 99ft monohull maxi-yacht Virgin Money set sail Wednesday morning on its Cross-Atlantic Challenge. Richard Branson, his children and the Team Origin crew, which includes Mike Sanderson as co-skipper and triple Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie, aim to break the world record for crossing the Atlantic Ocean, currently set at 6 days 17 hours, 39 minutes and 52 seconds ...[more]

Counting Down to the Volvo Ocean Race By Southern Spars Media, 5:57 PM Tue 7 Oct 2008
The Volvo Ocean Race, described by some as the ‘Everest of Sailing’, is undeniably the world’s premier global race, and one of the most demanding team sporting events in the world. Eight competing teams will sail across 37,000 nautical miles of the globe, crossing the start line in Alicante, Spain on 11 October - the teams will visit 11 ports around the world. ...[more]

Tony Reaper appointed to Southern Spars role By Southen Spars and Sail-World, 5:42 PM Tue 7 Oct 2008
Southern Spars is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Reaper as Composite Rigging Sales Manager. The appointment comes at a time when Composite Rigging is enjoying considerable success with its EC6+ rigging on many leading grand-prix racing yachts. Stemming from this success has been a steady increase in demand for EC6 rigging products across both the racing and cruising markets. ...[more]

Emirates continues Team NZ support with TP52 By Emirates Team NZ media, 9:31 AM Wed 1 Oct 2008
Emirates, the Dubai-based global airline, on Wednesday confirmed its continued support for New Zealand and the sport of sailing by renewing its successful partnership with Emirates Team New Zealand. The airline has also committed to backing Emirates Team New Zealand on the Mediterranean TP52 regatta circuit next year. ...[more]

Emirates Team NZ announce TP52 build and campaign By Richard Gladwell, 7:01 AM Wed 1 Oct 2008
Emirates Team New Zealand today announced their new TP52 at a media function in Auckland. The new yacht as announced previously will be built by Cookson Boats on Auckland's North Shore, and has been under construction for two weeks. The spars will be built by Southern Spars and the sails by North Sails New Zealand. ...[more]

Day 1 of Nations Cup Qualifier - AUS and NZL By RNZYS Media, 12:16 PM Fri 26 Sep 2008
After a morning practice session comprising a mixed round-robin at the request of the competitors, racing got underway at 1.30 this afternoon in absolutely sparkling conditions but with a shifty light south-westerly breeze that ranged from 8 – 13 knots. Racing was made challenging for sailors and the race management personnel alike. ...[more]

North Sails feature in Winter Series and Simrad By Zoe Hawkins, 7:59 PM Thu 25 Sep 2008
North Sails NZ congratulates its customers for topping the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron winter series. Jagged Edge – the modified SR26 owned by Josh Tucker – has won the double- line and PHRF, in the shorthaul division 2 of the B&G Simrad Two-Handed Series. Racing against the Ross 930s, E7.9s and E9s they took a comprehensive victory to defy the odds as one of the smallest boats in the division. J ...[more]

Norths Sails secure top five at Hamilton By Zoe Hawkins, 3:57 PM Wed 24 Sep 2008
Being amongst 14 grand prix boats charging off the startline was a great feeling for Norths’ NZ Marketing Director, Andrew Wills. 'It was pretty scary too as the masts lean over to windward huge amounts when the canters luff on the line,' he says. North Sails secured the top five spots at the end of racing ...[more]

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