This month saw three RSB Rigging Solutions teams un-step rigs on four super yachts, in two destinations, within just 36 hours. In just one day, the RSB riggers carried out three rig pulls in Palma de Mallorca, also known as the sailing yacht capital of the Mediterranean. Working in the STP shipyard in Palma, RSB un-stepped the masts of the Wally 80 sailing yacht Tilakkhana, the Wally 77 yacht Lyra, as well as the Vaton 100 superyacht Blue Diamond.
The first team of highly qualified and experienced riggers led by RSB Operations Manager, Russ Brown successfully un-stepped the two 38 meter high masts on the Wally Yachts in a morning, while the second team, led by RSB Project Manager Mark Timmins, removed the rig from the Vaton 100 luxury yacht Blue Diamond.
In Valencia, a third RSB team led by Francesco Terrasa un-stepped the 45 meter rig on-board the Swan 112 sailing yacht Fruition II. With the operation completed and the rig on the ground the measurement and cataloguing of the rods for the rig refit was performed, before the rig was broken down and hung in the towers for painting.
Russ Brown said: “Generally in October and November the rig pull and refit schedule is very busy; this year has been no exception. With so many clients trying to get masts out for winter refits, others trying to re-step masts to get to the Caribbean for the winter season and many carrying out their regular maintenance programs we spend a lot of time on organisation and planning. Once again this has paid off with these masts coming out on time allowing the yachts to start their busy refit programs with minimal disruption. While it is never easy un-stepping this amount of masts in such a short period of time the quality and expertise of the RSB teams allows us to take on these challenges.”
The RSB teams will team up closely with the crews of superyachts for the duration of the projects to make sure that the work goes as planned, allowing the masts to be re-stepped on time, once the work is finished.