Sailing yacht Lionheart fitted Carbo-Link’s carbon standing rigging in April 2014, and subsequently, she has won both regattas sailed this year. Superyacht Lionheart followed up her convincing victory in Mahon, to win the J Class Superyacht Cup. This took place in the fantastic Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Palma last month.
The rigging cables are smaller in diameter and the cable stiffness considerably higher than the rigging used by the other J Class yachts competing.
The custom designed rigging package resulted in a low windage solution using internal diagonal terminations.
A fibre optic load sensor is incorporated in the headstay. The data produced has been useful to confirm design loads and analyse the load variation while sailing in waves.
Dr. Andy Winistörfer, CEO of Carbo-Link, spent several days leading up to both regattas with the Lionheart team providing technical input to optimise rig tune. He commented to Yachting Pages that, “It has been exciting to be part of a motivated team leading up to their second consecutive win. The team has been receptive to advanced ideas and technical concepts in order to achieve considerable performance gains”.
By choosing Carbo-Link, luxury yacht Lionheart has joined a prestigious group of champions that includes the current winners of the Americas Cup, Louis Vuitton Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Transat Jacques Vabre and the C Class World Championship.
Carbo-Link’s reputation for engineering excellence and Swiss manufacturing technology resulted in all four AC72 America’s Cup teams choosing Carbo-Link for their platform and wing rigging, where performance and reliability are paramount to success.
Carbo-Link has been manufacturing and developing rigging since 2001. In 2003 Carbo-Link supplied rigging to the Orma 60 Banque Covefi, which become the first full carbon rigged yacht to race across Atlantic Ocean.