Southern Spars has welcomed Rob Salthouse to their
team in his preliminary role as Project Manager and assisting Project Manager
Kevin Batten with his multiple projects. As part of his new role Salthouse will
primarily help Kevin look after the Volvo 65 fleet for the upcoming 2014/2015
edition. “My main goals are to help facilitate a seamless flow of my
projects through the factory and on to the boats, producing the highest quality
masts,” he says.
A prolific sailor, Salthouse is eminently qualified
for the position and is a huge asset to the Southern Spars team. Over his 28
year racing career he has taken part in many big name regattas and offshore
races, including three Volvo Ocean Race campaigns, five Americas Cups for New
Zealand and five Admiral’s Cups.
As part of New Zealand’s well-known Salthouse family,
sailing is in Rob’s blood and he grew up immersed in the world of yachting.
“Sailing is everything for me, it’s my passion,” he says. Having begun as a sailmaker,
working for Tony Bouzaid at Hood Sails, Salthouse later made the move into
professional racing as a trimmer and driver and rig specialist. This combined
rig and sail expertise, together with a strong work ethic, is what he says will
help him drive the role.
Salthouse credits influential figures in his life for helping
him get to where he is today: “My biggest influence without doubt is my father who has
given me the passion for sailing and the drive to aim high in everything I do:
his motto is ‘a job worth doing is a job worth doing properly’ and this is
something that I really believe in.” Always
aiming for the top, it was Southern Spars’ values and ambition to be at their
top of their field that attracted Salthouse to join the company. “Since I have
started at Southern Spars the thing that has impressed me most is the team; from the shop floor to the top, everyone is very proud
of what they have achieved and are doing. I am looking forward to the future
and seeing Southern Spars continuing to break new ground with composite masts