In the News

Southern Spars is fortunate to feature in the news media on a regular basis. Our products frequently play an important role for our clients winning races and awards the world over. We have listed latest race results and also have a fantastic timeline of earlier race victories. A variety of recent media coverage is depicted below, and several great audio-visual clips can be found on our YouTube channel.
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Southern Spars Robot-made masts | 08 May, 2012

How North's 3DI Carbon Sailcloth Technology with robotic help moved into spar making, by Bob Ross.

The thin ply technology North Sails has been using in recent years to develop 3Di sails has moved in a big way into racing spars made by the North Marine Group subsidiary, Southern Spars in Auckland. Full Story


Rig Pro help with the refit of 90 metre superyacht Athena

Superyacht Times | 29 February, 2012

The masts and rigging were removed for a comprehensive service including running rigging, fixtures, composite components and all equipment replaced as required plus a full overhaul of the hydraulic furling motors. The painting of the three 61m (200ft) Masts alone was described as being similar to painting three 20m yachts. Full Story

 © 2009 Allan Prior/Prior Yacht Management

2012 Starling Match Racing Championship sailed in identical boats

Sail-World | 16 January, 2012
In the event’s 21 year history, this was the first event sailed in class association supplied identical boats. The fibre-glass hulls fitted with identical Southern Spars carbon masts, new North sails and new MacKay foils provided the perfect match racing equipment platform for the regatta.
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Southern plots super efficient carbon spars

NZ Herald |20 August, 2011
It is one of those "everyone knows" facts of life in the sailing world: if you are designing, building or buying a world-class superyacht or racing boat, make sure you first talk to Southern Spars.
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Southern Spars puts new TPT plotter into operation | 10 August, 2011
Southern Spars has responded to ever-increasing demands for lighter spars from superyacht owners and those on the grand prix regatta circuits by putting into operation a new thin ply technology (TPT) plotter at its facility in Auckland, New Zealand, which will enable it to produce spars that are far lighter and stiffer than ever before.
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Volvo Ocean Race: The making of Camper's mast at Southern Spars | 21 July, 2011
Join Camper skipper, Chris Nicholson, as he takes us behind the doors of Southern Spars new factory and shows a mast under construction for the Volvo Ocean racer to be sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand. This is a rare look at just how these spars are made - and gives us a look at the impeccable interior of the state of the art Southern Spars facility. And then there's a reminder of what is like aboard a Volvo Ocean racer - fast, wet and furious.
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Southern Spars' tall order at Avondale under way

NZ Herald | 12 June, 2010
Construction is well under way at Southern Spars' dedicated West Auckland premises that has recently been acquired by unlisted property investment company Direct Property Fund.
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 © Southern Spars 2011

North's Thin Ply Technology moves to masts

The Daily | 2010
While 3Di sails are gaining an increased foot hold in the upper echelons of grand prix yacht racing, this season TPT is making its debut in racing yacht spars with North Marine Group subsidiary Southern Spars supplying masts built entirely using this technology to three of the new generation TP52s: Rán 4, Audi. 
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Southern Spars’ Rig Pro and RSB Rigging Solutions of Palma join forces | 10 September, 2009
Southern Spars Rig pro and RSB Rigging Solutions have announced they are to form a new partnership. The pairing will combine the world-class reputation of Southern Spars’ Rig Pro, with the expertise and facilities of RSB Rigging Solutions. The new alliance will provide a high quality service operation to superyachts in the Med. 
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