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A touch of science fiction

“If a rigger who left the industry a few decades ago returned today, he might get the impression he was in the latest Spielberg science fiction blockbuster,” says Rondal rigger Jan Slot. “Masts are cooked, fibres are stored in freezers and standing rigging cables are cured – while lengths above 65 metres have become the standard. Welcome to the brave new world of superyacht rigging.

“When I joined Rondal 30 years ago, wooden masts only existed for the classic flat-bottomed yachts. The most modern material for spars was aluminium. Back then, a superyacht rig at Rondal was a stick for a 65-footer , corresponding to a total mast length of some 25 metres. In-mast furling, not in-boom furling, was the key to success.

In those early days, we would step something like ten masts every year. The procedures were relatively simple and we didn’t use safety harnesses, helmets or headsets – you just rolled up your sleeves and got on with the job. Standing rigging was made from wire until it was replaced by rod rigging – a solid metal cable, which was stronger but still very heavy.

“Rigging systems, and yachtbuilding, have truly come a long way over the last few decades. I’ve witnessed much of the evolution in terms of the adoption of modern techniques and materials in superyacht rigging during my time at Rondal. I expect the ingenuity and dedication of our craftsmen and engineers to yield just as many exciting innovations in the years to come.”

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  • 01 jan 1970

    Seven Dutch-built superyachts competed at this year’s St Barths Bucket, with several coming in near or at the top of the various classes of this mythical regatta.

    Held from 15 to 18 March, this year’s St Barths Bucket saw the usual roster of the world’s most extravagant sailing yachts converge in the harbour of Gustavia for several days of racing and socialising. Always one of the highlights of any year’s sailing season, the Bucket brings together first-class racing against a spectacular Caribbean backdrop and exclusive social events shoreside on gorgeous Saint Barthélemy.

    After three days of pursuit racing, Royal Huisman’s Spiip came second in class C, Les Mademoiselles des Mers – consistent with her fantastic result at last year’s regatta, when she was first in class and the overall Bucket winner. Built in 2000, this 34-metre performance sloop has time and again proven herself to be among the top contenders wherever the great sailing superyachts gather.

    Two other Dutch boats put in great performances in class E, Les Voiles blanches (for Corinthian sailors): Vitters Shipyard’s 33-metre Missy and 43-metre Koo came in first and third, respectively. In another triumph for Vitters, the magnificent 43.6-metre Svea ruled the roost in the J-class fleet, beating out tough competition from Velsheda and Topaz over five races for a well-deserved first place.

    Honourable mentions go out to Vitters’ Unfurled in the high-performance class A, Les Gazelles des Mers, and Huisman’s Kamaxitha and Wisp in class B, Les Élégantes des Mers. 

    The organisers and participants also gave generously of their time and money to support the  official St Barths Bucket charity donation St Barths Bucket donation, which this year went towards the ongoing rebuilding efforts in the area following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.


    Photo credits: Vitters Shipyard



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  • 19 jun 2018

    The Superyacht Cup is the longest running superyacht regatta in Europe, a favourite with yacht owners, friends, captains and crew who visit Palma de Mallorca annually for the four day event. With warm early summer conditions and reliable sea breezes, the Bay of Palma offers some of the most idyllic racing conditions in the Mediterranean. The racing is run by the highly experienced international Race Officers and the team at Real Club Nautico de Palma. The participating superyachts are all moored together stern-to in the Superyacht Cup Regatta Village located at Muelle Viejo with the iconic Palma Cathedral and Palm tree lined Paseo Maritimo providing a stunning back-drop.

    Meet the Dutch, and especially the members of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group, during this beatiful event in Palma!

    Racing for the J Class is 20-23 June 2018
    Racing for the Superyachts is 21-23 June 2018

    Click here for the official website of the Superyacht Cup.

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