Monday, April 7, 2014

Back in (more) black

After a winter in a shed in Palma de Mallorca, the 'new' JV72 Jethou mini maxi is ready to return to her water front base at STP and a regatta packed season. Previously known as 'Stig', the boat has undergone a major refit with a big focus on the hardware, systems and aesthetics. As with all the previous generation 'Jethous', this boat is now also entirely black - and she looks stunning.

The team is working overtime to have the boat ready for Palma Vela in 3 weeks time.

More to follow.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Box of tricks

(Source: VSpars) 

VSPARS is pleased to announce the release of our latest product – the VSPARS Wireless hardware pack!

Designed for boats of all sizes, the pack comes pre-configured with everything you need to run VSPARS. The system uses custom-configured GoPro cameras which are wirelessly controlled by the control box. An internal WiFi and PC run VSPARS RealTime software and send the outputs wirelessly for display on any PDA.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Cut up

With a bunch of windy / shorthanded record attempts on the horizon, Spindrift 2 reduced the available horsepower - 6 meter of it to be precise. Lorimar is carrying out the mods.

The (marketing) Boss

Alex Thomson Racing and Hugo Boss are at it again - showing the rest of the industry how to achieve maximum return for your sponsor. Great effort.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Lift off

A great little production from Rogi Yacht Rigging in La Ciota, pulling the rigs on the Mari Cha IV (now Samurai). Looking forward to seeing here out on the water again.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Race 9 retirement for Jamaica Get All Right

(Source:Clipper Race) As the fleet starts Race 9 to Qingdao in China, Jamaica Get All Right has unfortunately had to retire due to a failed forestay bottle screw fitting.  The forestay supports the mast and is also what the Yankee headsail is attached to. The crew on board are fine and well and conditions safe as a spare Yankee halyard is being used as a temporary forestay to stabilise the rig.

Jamaica Get All Right has begun to motor-sail to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia and is due to arrive in four days' time to receive a new fitting. Best effort will be made to repair the boat as quickly as possible and the team will then make best speed for Qingdao immediately.

The retirement due to equipment failure will see the team awarded with 1 point.

New orders, new challenges for Future Fibres

(Source: Future Fibres) Three years into mast production and the 2014 order book reflects a diverse range of performance projects.

With the Perini 60m sloop fully assembled and awaiting stepping / sea trials and 3 of the largest furling booms in the world (26-30m long) nearing completion, the workshop is getting its teeth into some no less challenging but slightly more conventional sized projects.

The APC78 performance catamaran project has a fully optimised rotating mast with a significant number of custom features. The boat is currently in-build at Green Marine in the UK and the mast and rigging package are scheduled to leave Valencia in April. Also. just going into final stages of fitout are the mast and boom for a new Frers 60 daysailor. This boat, currently being built by Persico Marine, is a development on the stunning Ciao Gianni; all about aesthetic and performance, Future Fibres are building an ultra clean, high modulus mast and boom with carbon RDS lateral rigging.

The design team is equally busy with a really exciting new project: designing a new, fully optimised, grand prix mast, boom and carbon rigging package for the TP52 Provezza. This rig will be built to the new 2015 rule but sailing by May 2014. This gives us the opportunity to develop and fine tune a 2015 compliant package one year early. There are a number of TP52 teams with new boat builds scheduled for next winter and this project gives us the opportunity to demonstrate our superior build accuracy, performance and quality to provide a credible alternative to existing suppliers in this finely tuned class. The 2015 TP52 rule also allows composite lateral rigging for the first time and this is a perfect time to showcase our new fully continuous FlexC™ carbon rigging to create the ultimate TP52 package.

Sales Manager Jim Lotz sums up: “with the marine industry slowly emerging from the doldrums owners, project managers and designers are being more prudent with choices they make with rig packages. It has never been more important to differentiate positively the points that make our mast and rigging product stand out from the crowd. With our team pushing design, build quality and technology we are increasingly seeing customers making the correct informed choice to work with Future Fibres.”