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Volvo Ocean Race: Southern Spars rise to the Volvo Challenge By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL, , 6:26 AM Sat 14 Mar 2015
With a quarter of a century of involvement in Round the World racing, it was an obvious move for Volvo Ocean Race organisers to go to Southern Spars for the one design, supplied Volvo 65 class. ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race: Rob Salthouse compares VO70 with new one design VO65 By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL, , 3:02 PM Sun 8 Mar 2015
Veteran Round the World sailor, Rob Salthouse addressed a large group at the North Sails Auckland Loft, on the new Volvo65 one design used for the Volvo Ocean Race. He outlined the differences between the VO70 and the new VO65 one design, which features a canting keep pin angled at 6 degrees which creates an interesting ride when surfing ...[more]


America's Cup: Mitchell fires new salvo at ISAF Jury Officials By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL, , 1:59 PM Thu 5 Feb 2015
Matthew Mitchell, previously a member of Oracle Team USA, has issued a media release advising that he has filed complaints of Gross Misconduct against all five Americas Cup jury members with the sport's International governing body (ISAF). This action follows on from his recent claims about the actions of another team member Simeon Tienpont, now with Challenger Luna Rossa. ...[more]


America's Cup: Oracle crew mate lodges ISAF complaint against Tienpont By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 11:21 AM Wed 28 Jan 2015
Last Friday, former Oracle Team USA team member, Matthew Mitchell issued a media release stating that he has lodged a complaint with the International Sailing Federation over the actions of a fellow crew member, Simeon Tienpont, and inaction by the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup, in San Francisco. ...[more]


America's Cup: Oracle crew mate lodges complaint against Tienpont By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 4:05 PM Fri 23 Jan 2015
Former Oracle Team USA team member, Matthew Mitchell has issued a media release stating that he has lodged a complaint with the International Sailing Federation over the actions of a fellow crew member, Simeon Tienpont, and inaction by the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup, in San Francisco. ...[more]


America's Cup: New shots fired in the Case that won't go away By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 11:29 AM Tue 13 Jan 2015
Bernie Wilson of the Associated Press has reported that the former head of sailing's governing body has filed complaints of gross misconduct against the five members of an international jury that imposed penalties on several sailors and Oracle Team USA just prior to the 34th America's Cup. The reports were confirmed by Sail-World with other parties, who were advised last night of the complaints ...[more]


Southern Spars 'retro-rigged' Wild Oats takes a record 8th line win By Sail-World, , 8:23 PM Fri 9 Jan 2015
While the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race was not a record setting edition in terms of speed, the 2014 contest did achieve notable marks along the 628 nm route. For Southern Spars it marks the sixth consecutive year in which the first three across the line utilized masts, booms and ECsix carbon rigging from the company ...[more]


Rolex Sydney Hobart: An inside look at Comanche with Ken Read By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 6:50 AM Mon 29 Dec 2014
Before the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, Ken Read, skipper of the US supermaxi Comanche gave this tour above and below decks of Jim and Kristy Clark's new 100ft flyer. ...[more]


America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:24 PM Sat 20 Dec 2014
The Decision of the Court for Arbitration of Sport over the suspension of Dutch sailor Dirk de Ridder has been circulated. The report, which was earlier reported in summary form as to the decision, confirms a 18month suspension on de Ridder, one of the Netherlands' top sailors ...[more]


America's Cup: Lawsuit against Oracle Racing lodged in San Francisco By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 6:39 AM Sat 20 Dec 2014
In further legal fallout from the 34th America's Cup one of the New Zealand sailors named in an action bought by the International Sailing Federation has in turn lodged a lawsuit in a California Court against his former racing team, Oracle Racing Inc over boat fixing in America's Cup World Series ...[more]


America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 3:37 PM Fri 19 Dec 2014
The Decision of the Court for Arbitration of Sport over the suspension of Dutch sailor Dirk de Ridder has been circulated. The report, which was earlier reported in summary form as to the decision, confirms a 18month suspension on de Ridder, one of the Netherlands' top sailors ...[more]


America's Cup: Oracle crew member's penalty for cheating is reduced By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 4:30 AM Fri 12 Dec 2014
Dutch sailor Dirk de Ridder denied the cheating allegation and subsequent finding by the Jury, on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence. He had not sailed since the Jury Hearing and Decision, announced just before the start of the 34th America's Cup. Oracle Team USA was penalised $250,000 over the same cheating issue by the International Jury. ...[more]


Super maxi Comanche sea-trialling - Video By Bridgid Murphy, , 3:47 PM Thu 6 Nov 2014
Comanche, built in Maine (USA) and launched only a couple of weeks ago, features in a just released video by Onne van der Wal. Comanche, which was sailed by Ken Read and the crew from its base in Newport (RI) to Charleston (SC), is currently on a ship to Australia with the intention to compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart start on December 26, 2014 ...[more]


North Technology Group announces acquisition of Future Fibres By Josh Impey, , 6:27 AM Thu 6 Nov 2014
North Technology Group (NTG) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Future Fibres by Southern Spars. Founded 20 years ago by Tom Hutchinson and based in Valencia, Spain, Future Fibres is a marine industry leader in high performance carbon cables, masts, booms, spreaders and custom components. ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race: Last chance to win a stopover trip with ECsix By Sail-World, , 8:53 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014
Your last chance to win a trip of a life time to any port of call along the Round the World Race in 2015. All you have to do is design, scribble, write or draw a T-Shirt design and submit it online at www.ecsix.com/contest. 'You don’t have to be a designer to win, we are after the best creative idea that fits our brand' says ECsix’s Scott Vogel. You have just one day left. ...[more]


Southern Spars team celebrates 25 years of success and innovation By Sail-World, , 6:05 PM Tue 14 Oct 2014
The Southern Spars team celebrates the company’s 25th year in operation with a continuous wave of innovation and ongoing expansion of its global operation. The company now employs 550 people worldwide with manufacturing or service facilities in New Zealand , South Africa, USA, Denmark, Sri Lanka and Spain. ...[more]


Volvo Ocean Race: Last chance to win a stopover trip with ECsix By Sail-World, , 4:16 AM Fri 3 Oct 2014
Your last chance to win a trip of a life time to any port of call along the Round the World Race in 2015. All you have to do is design, scribble, write or draw a T-Shirt design and submit it online at www.ecsix.com/contest. 'You don’t have to be a designer to win, we are after the best creative idea that fits our brand' says ECsix’s Scott Vogel. You have just one day left. ...[more]


Southern Spars ships the world's tallest masts By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 9:23 PM Wed 1 Oct 2014
Leading world sparmaker, Southern Spars, has shipped two spars for a new 85 metre ketch. The superyacht will carry two 93metre masts which will be the world’s tallest rigs on one gigantic yacht. ...[more]


America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's AC72 takes to the streets By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 11:43 AM Mon 29 Sep 2014
Oracle Team USA's winning AC72 takes to the streets of San Francisco, one year on from the Team's successful Defence of the America's Cup. This week the AC72 catamaran Oracle Team USA raced to victory is going to be a special guest at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco. ...[more]


America's Cup: Then and now - Coutts on why Oracle won, and the Venue By Sail-World.com, , 9:53 AM Sat 27 Sep 2014
Writing on his Facebook page on the 12 month anniversary of Oracle Team USA's win in the 34th America's Cup, then team CEO, Russell Coutts cites seven reasons why the US team were successful in their Defence of the trophy. ...[more]


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