Friday, September 30, 2011

The rich get richer

For a 3rd month running, Rigging News brings you the ‘Facebook Rigging Top 20’. Not much change this month in terms of ranking. Harken is extending their lead, averaging a monthly increase of 131 ‘likes’ while Sail 22 LLC joins them and Dyneema in the ‘1K Club’ at the top of the table.
Future Fibres jumps to 13th while West Marine Rigging rejoins the Top 20, at the expense of Chicago Yacht Rigging, after gaining 18 new fans in September.

Want to be in the Top 120? 143 ‘likes’ is the new threshold which represents an increase of 50 'likes' from 3 month ago.

Keep rigging social!

New Endeavour

(Source: Southern Spars)

Endeavour's 53.7m high modulus carbon fibre mast gets ready to leave the factory. She also sports a 19.0m park avenue boom.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Hall Spars has been supplying carbon tubes to these crazy dudes. Netherlands' oldest extreme sport, Fierljeppen. Check it.


Ronstan Begins US Distribution Of Andersen Winches

Following their acquisition of Andersen in the fall of 2010, Ronstan will begin formal US distribution of their well-known stainless steel winches on October 1, 2011.

Best known for their enduring quality and beautiful finish, Andersen has built a reputation for excellence and expertise with their stainless steel winches. Ronstan International acquired Danish-based Andersen in late 2010, and is now ready to supply and service the US market through their established dealership network.

“The Ronstan team in America is ready and excited to begin selling winches. We are well into the preparation process and looking forward to an exciting relaunch of the brand in the US,” said Scot West, President of Ronstan USA. Distribution will remain unchanged in Canada, where longtime Andersen and Ronstan distributor, Rekord Marine, will continue to distribute Andersen.

Today’s range of Andersen Winches includes self-tailing sheet winches and capstan models in manual, electric and hydraulic versions. “Andersen Winches are the perfect complement to Ronstan deck hardware," says Ronstan’s Managing Director Alistair Murray. “The company’s experience in winch design and manufacture are a natural extension to Ronstan’s expertise in hardware, and we look forward to the broader possibilities that we can offer to our customers with the combined product range.”

Ronstan is based in Melbourne and has 180 employees worldwide. In addition to Sydney, Brisbane, and Fremantle it has offices in Rhode Island, California and Florida USA as well as Southampton in the UK, and Vejle, Denmark.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Equiplite News - in bulk.

Plenty new from Equiplite:

TS 5 LION. It`s what makes a top swivel, a top swivel

The specially designed top swivel 5 LION can now hold the halyard without the need for additional connectors. A halyard swivel will no longer be necessary. Saving weight and money while improving safety aspects.

The weight of a 16T MWL. (BL. 32T) top swivel 5 LION is only 1,1 kg. Not only is it based on the rock solid FS foundation that promises an unparalleled stability and weight to strenght ratio, it also delivers an incredible increase in performance, maximizes luff lengths and employs the latest industry leading technology for super yacht standards.

Wood expanding the range of Equiplite™.

Combining ‘’High-Tech’’ with ‘’Old School’’.... Are these technological developments the answer for the new classics of today?

It`s commonly known that our design of the fiber loop 99% is self aligning. Equiplite™ products employ the properties of Dyneema and thanks to the exclusive HTR treatment performed by Gottifredi Maffioli, DSK’s 75-78 ULTRA are an amazing combination of lightness, durability, tremendous strength and extremely low stretch. Equiplite™ quick loops are 15 times stronger than stainless steel fittings.

The advantages of 100 years:

- An all new type bearing
- reduced friction to 94% efficiency
- increased radial and axial loads
- reduced weight by 75%

Fibre loops

- 15 times stronger than stainless steel
-  correct fair lead
- quick and easy to operate [through Patt. Quickloop]
- Compacter body
- reduced windage
- save weight up to 75% [compared to similar blocks]

Custom becomes the new standard...

 More and more we see blocks connected with additional loops, dog-bone constructions, lashings and again stainless steel shackles lowering the effectiveness of soft loop attachments.

Now customers are discovering the possibilities of
custom loop snatch blocks. With no additional
connections needed, custom loops will result in
improved safety and a more stable system.

What is it?

Hmmm – the decals in the background is somewhat a giveaway... Details anyone?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Avoid this.

If you are not a rigging expert yourself, get yourself over to for some great advice on how to perform your pre-sailing rig checks. Worth the read – check it here.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

'must have'

The Stanchion Splint, introduced at the maxi worlds, and instantly adopted by a number of the Mini Maxis is an incredibly simple bit of kit but a definite race saver. Designed and built by Graham Street (previously featured on Rigging News), the splints are intended as a temporary repair for a stanchion that has snapped at the middle life line hole. The lifeline does not need to be removed as they come in two halves and are simply cable tied or taped in place enabling the integrity of the stanchion to be restored until it can be replaced.

Made from 7475 aerospace aluminium, weighing in at just 110g per pair, they are compatible with the Southern Spars glass/composite stanchions and are an absolute ‘must have’ for any serious inshore and offshore race program. Contact Graham for further info here.

Buy one - Get five.

A whole lot of wings, 5 to be precise, from Sauter Carbon Offset Design. Want to know more? Check it here.

Dressed in Leather

Nice work from West Marine Rigging in R.I. More pictures of recent work here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Loop - Reloaded.

(Source: Kohlhoff GmbH)

Loop® High Load Shackles - The Original. Improved.

Our Loop® Products are being used by cruising yachts and race teams alike, set apart by their high quality and durability. The Original Loop® Shackle is incredibly versatile, easy to use and has a wide array of applications. It’s tough to imagine leaving the dock without it, whether you are blue water cruising or racing around the cans.

Demand for the Original Loop® has been driving our in-house development and we are pleased to announce the release of our new and improved Loop® High Load Shackles in 8, 10 and 12mm.

Using Gottifredi Maffioli Ultra wire, we achieve an amazing 100% increase in UTS when compared to the Original Loop®. The Dyneema® core, in conjunction with tight braided jacket, allows us to fully harness the incredible strength of this fibre. Our 8mm Loop® High Load Shackle, has a maximum working load of 5000kg and a UTS of 10000kg, while our 10mm and 12mm Loop® High Load Shackles achieve 13000kg and 16000kg respectively.

Contact Kohlhoff GmbH to order and further information.

Carbon Furling

Solid carbon furling cables: torsionally stiff, long lasting, without environmental degradation

Carbo-Link has developed the first solid carbon anti-torsional stay, ideal for use as fixed headstay for yachts up to 100 ft. Unidirectional fibers in the cable core transfer the tension, ± 45° fibers on the outside of the cables are in charge of transferring the torsional load created by the furling system. The compatibility to all furling systems on the market is ensured by the custom designed titanium end fittings.

Titanium end fitting of Carbo-Link's new solid carbon furling cable
In-house testing:

The new furling cables have been fully optimized following extensive in-house testing. Several torsional break tests had been performed on 20 ton Carbo-Link cables, length = 3m. All data were recorded and evaluated.

Torsion test performed at Carbo-Link (left) , Failure of the torsional stiff cable (right)
Test result:

The torque-rotation diagram shows excellent torsional stiffness properties. With a maximum torque of 420Nm, the Carbo-Link furling cables also show excellent torsion strength. The linear behavior between torque and rotation confirms a homogeneous load distribution over the cable.

Torque-rotation diagram
Advantages of Carbo-Link furling cables :

Compared to furling cables of PBO or Kevlar or other composite materials, Carbo-Link furling cables offer several advantages:
Much higher torsion stiffness properties, resulting in direct torque transfer from bottom to top, making furling much easier, more efficient and safer

■No fatigue
■Higher durability
■No environmental degradation

Do you need more information about Carbo-Link’s furling cables? Please feel free to contact Carbo-Link and, together, we will find the best solution.

Frontline #3

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Something for the kids.

(Source: APS)
APS Karver Optimist Mainsheet System

Combine Karver KBO blocks with our APS Dyneema Shackle loops for a lightweight, low friction system that you can easily convert for a 4:1 to a 2:1 just by detaching the DSL and letter the lower blow drop to the deck.
The same system can be used to make a 3:1 covert to a 2:1 for stronger sailors - just remove the lower block and tie your mainsheet off to the shackle loop.
For the 4:1 system you will need 3 KBO2 blocks, 1 DSL, and a non-tapered mainsheet like Buzz or Rooster line. (The thick part of the tapered mainsheet is too wide to fit in these ultra slim blocks.)

Monday, September 19, 2011


Future Fibres next rig, following the VOR 70 Abu Dhabi 'Azzam', has been stepped. Mike Goldings rebranded IMOCA 60 will be at Southampton Boat Show for all to be admired. Nice.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

In your face.

Congrats to Quantum Racing - winners of the 2011 MedCup. We have to admit that despite all the other cool sailing going on, we were completely glued to the final two days of the Conde de Godo Barcelona Trophy. Ran's incredible performance, Bribon's heartfelt farewell and Quantum's convincing overall win was unmatched by any other event on offer last week. Bring on 2012!

Audi MedCup 2011 - Overall.

1. Quantum Racing - Mast: Hall Spars, Composite Rigging: Future Fibres FlexC
2. Bribon - Mast: Southern Spars, Composite Rigging: Future Fibres FlexC
3. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team - Mast: Southern Spars (tpt), Composite Rigging: EC6 LEF

Hook, Line...

Gerry Jacobs with his fast-selling new design,
the Hook Lever.
Whangarei yacht rigger Gerry Jacobs has found his new design of a standard piece of yachting equipment is selling itself - in fact he is holding off on developing a website in case demand gets out of hand.

He has never marketed the new design, called the Hook Lever, but it is selling so quickly he has suddenly found he has the makings of a significant business. The equipment's official name is the removable inner fore-stay tensioner.

The device secures and regulates a storm gib sail so the vessel is not out of balance when the mainsail has been reduced in storm conditions. It can be a life-saver and in fact an inner fore-stay with or without tensioner is compulsory for New Zealand yachts going blue-water (offshore or deep sea) sailing.

The standard inner fore-stay tensioner until now has been the Highfield Lever, designed over 80 years ago and never modified.

Gerry realised there might be a niche for an improved design because clients at Northland Spars & Rigging Ltd of Port Rd, his employer, so often asked if there was anything better and cheaper on the market, and because the veteran product was "fiddly and unnecessarily complicated and over the top for the job it does, and costs a lot of money".

He says the Hook Lever has fewer component parts, making it simpler, safer and more reliable. There was much less chance of losing any parts overboard because there was nothing to assemble or dis-assemble or connect on deck.

The product is effectively a hook that is also a lever, with tension preset, says the designer. Once hooked and locked with a recessed ring it would do everything it was required to do. And at $454 it was much cheaper.

The success of the design is generating work in three firms - it's being made by C & C Manufacturers in the Bay of Islands; electro-polished by near neighbour Northern Marine Machining; and fitted by Northland Spars & Rigging. Gerry does some of the finishing work. There's a demonstration model at Gulf Harbour Riggers which is selling them on commission.

Gerry can't patent the design because it is already being sold but he says he has taken steps to protect himself from anyone else patenting it.

A former South African and a proud New Zealander of 10 years standing, he is excited about the possibility of national and international sales generating work for Northland. On the strength of the unadvertised Hook Lever's sales, Gerry and his financial partner are looking at investing in casting (making the Hook Lever with a mould).

They have also already recovered about half their research and development costs.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Success for Southern Spars at the 2011 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

(Source: Southern Spars)
Southern Spars-rigged yachts achieved impressive results across all four divisions in the 2011 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo, Italy.

Niklas Zennström's RAN2. Photo By: Rolex /Carlo Borlenghi
Southern Spars-rigged Rán’s second successive triumph in the Mini Maxi Rolex Worlds was in the bag after a convincing start to the week, when she won three of her four bullets. Three weeks earlier Niklas Zennström’s Rán also claimed a second straight overall victory at the Rolex Fastnet Race. Rán are in imperious form; her three main rivals, Alegre (GBR), Shockwave (USA) and Jethou (GBR) all had moments in the sun but never really got close enough.

Zennström’s crew arrived in Porto Cervo with a single objective: “We came here to defend our championship title and pulled off a very good series, sailing very well often under pressure. We came into today with a comfortable lead so we knew we just had to sail well and not make any stupid mistakes.” The Rán crew enjoyed the challenge posed by this week’s temperamental conditions: “This venue is fantastic, you always have good wind during the week here in Porto Cervo. It was a little challenging with the Mistral before two days of good wind and yesterday’s fickle conditions. The Race Committee did a really good job organising everything,” closes Zennström. The season doesn’t end here for Rán – a return to offshore racing is scheduled with an appearance at the Rolex Middle Sea Race next month.

Sir Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling.
Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi
The plot in the Maxi Racing division has had one constant theme: speed. Igor Simcic’s Southern Spars-rigged 100-ft Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) is bigger and faster than Sir Irvine Laidlaw’s Southern-rigged 82-ft Highland Fling, a Wally-hybrid. The question was: could Esimit Europa 2 win by enough of a distance to see off her opponent on handicap as well? Once the maths was done, corrected-time victory, today, was not by seconds but by four minutes. Laidlaw was ecstatic: “Esimit Europa 2 is a serious boat, very well crewed and run and for us to beat them is a great thrill after being nowhere near her last year. Overcoming Esimit is very difficult indeed, she is 20-ft longer and has a canting keel: through great crew work and sail choices we managed it.”

** Carrying Southern Spars rigs’

Rán (GBR) **
Alegre (GBR)
Shockwave (USA) **

Highland Fling (MON) **
Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) **

DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA)
Aegir (GBR)
Kora 5 (ITA) **

Indio (ITA)
Magic Carpet 2 (GBR) **

Nilava (GBR)
Visione (GER)
Hetairos (CAY) **

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


A heavy air training session went bad for the Chinese AC Team today. This wing will require extensive surgery and we are guessing that they will be on the start line with the ACRM spare tomorrow. Bad times.

THE picture

We have saved the best of the recent Porto Cervo regattas 'til last and it’s an exclusive! Russell Dewey, boat builder, yacht crew, photographer and general good guy, captured this image of the Perini’s on the docks of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda as a massive lightning storm passed overhead. No Photoshop here – just skills with a camera and the amazing force of Mother Nature. Thanks Russell.

Up above

No one got to look down at RAN at the Maxi worlds - except for us. Congrats to the crew on winning the Mini Maxi's and good luck at the final event of the MedCup series in Barcelona. Watch it live here!

Marine. Results.

(Source: Boating Business)

A small blister on a hull can be just that, or it can be hiding something nastier, like impact damage to the core behind the skin. But how do you find out if a repair’s needed without actually sawing a chunk out? Mast and rigging specialist Marine Results has found another niche for its services by getting involved in the magic behind Non Destructive Testing (NDT).

Marine Results NDT uses fluourescent dye
The first "level" of testing is basically one up from tapping an area with a hammer, as it’s really another, more sophisticated tapping mechanism.  Appropriately called a Woodpecker, it is a handheld bit of kit useful for testing, thin composites or cored materials with thin skins; bulkheads and booms for example. With it the Marine Results team can check a large area reasonably quickly. Further, it makes it possible to pick up delamination to the inaccessible rear of the composite, which is difficult to find with basic tapping.

However, with thicker skinned structures, hulls and so on, you have to move up a level. The Bondascope still works by resonance, but shows the result on a small screen. It picks up local changes in stiffness in even quite thick structures, so the team can translate the wavering spots on the small oscilloscope display and relate them to damaged areas or to reinforcements such as bulkheads or stiffeners. The unit can locate damaged areas as small as 20mm across fairly easily, “including the kind of bumps you get from logs and floating debris”, explains Mr Wood of Marine Results.

Ultrasound technology takes it one stage further – and here it becomes very, very useful for boatbuilding. The zigzagging lines on the screen can be translated into "strata" – which are reflected pulses of ultrasound from the structure and if there’s an unexpected jump in the pulse position, its probably indicating a discontinuity such as a void or delamination.

“This means you can identify the joins on dense composite structures - carbon or glass fibre - even in multiple layers, and you can see how well they have bonded” says Mr Wood.  “So, the mast manufacturers come to us and ask us to check the bonding, for example where two layers have been overlapped to form the tube of a mast, and the areas of stiffening where the designers have put in additional laminate to strengthen the composite.”

But the process is also being used to check the integrity of the material before it starts to be bonded into a mast, daggerboard or rudder. “If you can pick up an area where the resin and fibre have not consolidated properly before you start to work with it, you save a lot of time, money and effort,” explains Mr Wood.

The biggest part of NDT is calibration of the apparatus. He explains: “Usually the mast manufacturer will give us offcuts and test panels, but we have also built up a huge library of testing pieces, so that the equipment can give a good read out as possible.” Obviously, all this is easier on a new build since the mast and rigging is laid out in front of you, but if there’s been damage at sea, then you want to get an idea of the structure’s integrity before the crew sets out again.

Which meant one day last month Mr Wood was to be found dangling from rigging 25 metres in the air, with an Iphone in one hand, an ultrasound device clipped onto his belt and a white marker in his pocket. “The mast manufacturer was in New Zealand, the boat was in Greece. However, the ultrasound unit meant I could map out the area of damage to the composite, mark it up with the white pen, take a picture of the mapped area on the phone and email it through to the designer. Then came the calls to determine whether the boat was good to sail or not – it was, and the crew made it out by sunset.” Contiune reading HERE.

Monday, September 12, 2011

At the show

(Source: Lorima)
The Monaco Yacht Show presents the greatest showcase of luxury Yachting in the world. A high-end show guaranteed by the meticulous selection of the exhibitors (solid references in the international superyacht industry are required). The 500 exhibitors present top quality services and products and whose expertise is recognized by the industry. 9,000 m² of stands set up on the show's total surface area of 22,000 m². The unique opportunity to meet the top managers of leading international superyacht companies directly, or discover products with all the latest technologies and luxury services in yachting-related activities.

Hemisphere (the largest cruising catamaran ever built) and her impressive 54 m mast will be at the Monaco Yacht Show !!!

Like each year, LORIMA will be exhibiting at the Monaco Yacht Show. We would therefore be very pleased to welcome you on our stand n° QS 30 (Darse Sud) from September 21st to 24, 2011.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Bang it goes

The bang was heard for miles around when the Carbon Ocean 82 ‘Aegir’ broke their boom on the dock in Porto Cervo after the final race of the Rolex Maxi Cup. The accident occurred, according to eye witnesses on the dock, when the crew were offloading sails caught the joystick controlling the mainsheet with the halyard which, in turn, wound the boom hard down to the deck, breaking it at the vang attachment. By some miracle, no one was hurt.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

View from the rail

We have got PLENTY to share with you on the rigging news front from Porto Cervo but most will have to wait until next week. In the meantime, here is a bit of 'Rail Cam' action from the last couple of days. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


No Sailing today here in Potro Cervo today (Mistral). Instead we are getting a look at possibly the coolest boat in the harbour from the top down. The JV60 'Jethou' has a Hall Spars rig and Future Fibres rigging. There is at least one superhero that wouldn't look out of the place on this boat...

Monday, September 5, 2011

Wing on Wing

Not much left to write about the Maltese Falcon or its rigs other than its sheer size is rather intimidating when she is bearing down on you! Good times in Porto Cervo.

Picture Credit: Rigging News

Picture Credit: Rigging News

Same, different

The two identical Southern Wind 78’s ‘Whisper’ and ‘All Smoke’ both refitted with composite rigging over the winter. Whisper on the left (pics below) chose Southern Spars continuous carbon EC6+ system with tip cup inserts while All Smoke sports Future Fibres ‘RDS’ (Removable Diagonal System) carbon rigging with modified spreaders tips.

Same boats, two vastly different systems and conveniently parked next to each other at the Rolex Maxi Cup in Porto Cervo for comparison. Stay tuned for more from the Costa Smeralda!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Night and day

The Perini's are back in Porto Cervo for their anual cup. We will be bringing you updates from this event and the maxi worlds all this week. Rigging News has its camera trained on Porto Cervo!

Dyna Wing

Sauter Carbon Offset Design presents the DynaWing AC72, the 34th America’s Cup Challenger that could prove to be faster and certainly less prone to capsize than the Oracle 22 meter Racing Cat with a 40 meter Wingsail.

The DynaWing AC72 employs a Schooner rig featuring a hybrid Wingmast and mainsail combination that delivers a dynamic range of power options from a full array of sails with Wingsail emulated efficiency, to a gradual reduction of all sails culminating in Wingmast reefing.

  The  DynaWing AC72 adheres to the ruling design parameters of the AC72, the length, beam and a total sail area that includes a maximum of 2 wing segments. DynaWing AC72 advantages when compared to the Oracle AC72 Wingsail Cat;

  • Under full power the DynaWing’s rig at the much lower height of 32 meters has the same sail area as the 40 meter Wingsail rig, but with a greatly reduced heeling moment. 
  • The boom furling mainsails offer dynamic loading specifically aimed at tailoring the heeling moment when racing at high speeds in strong winds. 
  •  With a 4:1 aspect ratio each hybrid Wingmast retains the same level of efficiency under full load as a single 40 meter Wingsail. However when overpowered the hybrid Wingmast can shed the load while arriving at still higher aspect ratios . 
  •  Airflow through the full complement of Schooner sails can be further optimized via the adjustment of tandem hybrid Wingmasts.
  • The longitudinal mass of the vessel has a better distributed lower center of gravity which reduces the risk of pitch polling.
  • The AC72 DynaWing Schooner rig shown here weighs and costs about the same as the 40 meter Wingsail. As with all Schooner rigs there are variations to consider, however we see this design to be the simplest and most cost effective way of getting the power required.
  • The DynaWing AC72 Schooner rig is easier to transport, easier to erect and can be reefed rather than dismantled when moored.
  • The required technology employed in the design and construction of the DynaWing Schooner rig is readily available.
  • The DynaWing AC72 Schooner rig is applicable and compatible with the existing AC72 sail options.

With the same total sail area, the DynaWing AC72 will perform as well as the Oracle AC72 in light winds, but will achieve higher speeds with a greater margin of safety when pushing hard in the strong winds that make ideal racing conditions for spectators. 

Richard Sauter head of design commented “The DynaWing AC72 Schooner truly reflects the sailing legacy that laid the foundation the America’s Cup is built upon. Employing the DynaWing Schooner rig the existing AC72 is transformed into a viable ocean going design that has significant relevance to yachting and the world at large as she points to the fact that hi-performance sailing vessels are the ultimate Eco-friendly Carbon Free ride” 

AC72 Specifications:
Length: 22m
Height: 32m
Displacement: 5,700 –5,900kg
Sail area:2 Wingmasts 260 sqm total
Gennaker: 320 sqm+
Main & Gennaker: 580 sqm+