Southern Spars was chosen from the competition as the supplier for the mast and rigging package for the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race, challenged with building ten identical masts for the one design yachts.
The race rigs are fully optimised.They use Southern Spars innovative Thin Ply laminate approach to get more refinement and precision into the mast and component laminates.To ensure the mast stays up, ECsix carbon fibre rigging is being utilised throughout. The ECsix cables have multiple layers of safety built into their design and have been proven to be the most reliable carbon fibre stays on the market. In the 2008-09 edition all seven teams that completed the race had opted for ECsix and not one suffered serious rigging failure.
Within one-design rules, all 10 rigs must be identical in terms of dimensions, weight and stiffness. Southern Spars robust production processes guarantee this. In fact, across the seven rigs bend-tested to date, there has been a discrepancy of just 1.4mm across the board.
Designer: Farr Yacht Design
LOA: 65 feet
Rig Height: 30.5 metres