1/7/2014

Nine wins in nine years - Southern Spars has the secret formula!

Southern Spars

Maxis PERPETUAL LOYAL and WILD OATS XI shortly after the start
Southern Spars rigged yachts have taken Line Honours victory in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart nine years running, with Wild Oats XI coming in on top for the 7th time; a record equalling feat. What is more significant to note is that Southern Spars rigged yachts have taken all of the podium spots for the past five years and top five in the past two years. “This grand prix racing is what Southern Spars was built on and it is great to see that the company is a step above the rest, dominating the Sydney to Hobart since 2005. These great results are a direct link to the company’s high performance composite spars and rigging,” says Director Mark Hauser.

2013 saw three new Southern Spars Thin Ply rig packages and one complete refit get stepped in preparation for the Rolex Sydney to Hobart; Bob Oatley’s 100’ Wild Oats XI, Anthony Bell’s 100’ Perpetual Loyal (ex- Speedboat), Matt Allen’s 60’ Ichi Ban and a complete refit on Karl Kwok’s 80’ Beau Geste’s rig. All four
Rolex Sydney Hobart start - Maxis, including BEAU GESTE
projects were ordered at the same time and needed to be delivered by the end of November in preparation for the race. “This proved to be a challenge for our design and production team, but with true Southern Style we delivered all of the packages on time, ensuring that they were all at the start line on Boxing Day,” says Hauser.

“What is also important to note is that our EC6 carbon rigging has been on all of the winning yachts since 2005 and all four of the 2013 packages chose to utilize EC6,” says Hauser.

This year’s Sydney to Hobart shaped up to be one of the most exciting editions on record, with the battle of the giants taking centre stage. With the newly refitted Wild Oats XI and Perpetual Loyal going head to head, it was a battle never to be forgotten, with lead changes along the way. However it was Wild Oats XI who managed to push a little harder, pulling ahead and holding a
Robert Oatley's WILD OATS XI on the approach to the finish line
26 nautical mile lead over Loyal until the finish. Dockside Skipper Mark Richards was amazed at how well Wild Oats XI went when it got windier and windier, and commented, “We just got faster and faster compared to the other boats – it was a really cool experience.” 

“The Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht race is the largest and most well respected ocean race in the Southern Hemisphere. For that reason it is held deeply in the heart of the company, with many of the team at Southern Spars having made the historic crossing through the Bass Straight. Congratulations to the all of the owners and crews on board Southern Spars rigged yachts that competed in the 2013 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, with special mention to Gerhard Ruether and his superyacht Zefiro which is currently half way through a round the world circumnavigation,” says Hauser.

2013 Line Honours results (tope five all Southern Spars rigged yachts)

1.   Wild Oats XI
      Robert Oatley NSW
      FINISHED     02:06:07:2711.6
      28 Dec, 07:07:27 PM
 
2.   Perpetual LOYAL (ex-Speedboat)
      Anthony Bell NSW
      FINISHED     02:09:19:5611.0
      28 Dec, 10:19:56 PM
 
3.   Ragamuffin 100 (ex-Maximus)
      Syd Fischer NSW
      FINISHED     02:10:48:0010.7
      28 Dec, 11:48:00 PM
 
4.   Black Jack (ex-Telefonica)
      Peter Harburg QLD
      FINISHED     02:15:09:349.9
      29 Dec, 04:09:34 AM
 
5.   Beau Geste
      Karl Kwok Hong Kong
      FINISHED     02:15:10:459.9
      29 Dec, 04:10:45 AM

WILD OATS XI passing Tasmania's iconic Organ Pipes


PERPETUAL LOYAL at sunset day 3 of 69th Rolex Sydney Hobart


Bob Oatley, Owner of WILD OATS XI, and Skipper Mark Richards receive the Rolex Yacht-Master timepiece for Line Honours from Patrick Boutellier, Rolex Australia