A great success of yachts fitted by Hall Spars

In addition to the impressive new launches to be exhibited at the upcoming ...

A great success of yachts fitted by Hall Spars

September 14, 2012

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

In addition to the impressive new launches to be exhibited at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show, including Wally 50m superyacht Better Place as well as Baltic 72 sailing yacht Stig, Hall Spars fitted yachts have celebrated plenty of victories on the race course this season.

Successful Hall Spars yachts

Successful Hall Spars fitted yachts

2012 has been a good year for Nilaya
The Baltic 112 superyacht Nilaya is fresh from a victory in the Supermaxi Class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, where Hall-rigged yachts swept the top three. Other highlights for Nilaya include a Groupe Maxi second place finish at Les Voiles de St. Barth and Line Honors in the Rolex Volcano Race, with Hall-rigged Wally luxury yacht Y3K taking second.

Wally 45m sailing yacht Saudade earned a second place finish in the Supermaxi Class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, behind Nilaya. Farr 115 charter yacht Sojana rounded out the top three, following a third place finish in the RORC 600.

JV72 sailing yacht Bella Mente has seen her share of victory this racing season, with a win in the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship, second place in the IRC1 division of the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, and third place in her class from Newport to Bermuda.

Wally 101 luxury yacht Indio claimed first place in the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta, second place in her class for the Newport to Bermuda Race and 1st in Class and 1st Overall in the Newport Bucket Regatta.

NILAYA superyacht competing in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2012 - Photo Carlo Borlenghi

NILAYA superyacht competing in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2012 - Photo by Carlo Borlenghi

J-Class superyacht Lionheart collected the first place trophy at the 2012 Kings Hundred Guinea Cup at the J Class Solent Regatta.

H-Class luxury yacht Firefly achieved two second place finishes at the Superyacht Cup in Palma, in Class 1 and the Hoek Class.

What a ride for team Puma! Mar Mostro scored a first place win in the Discover Ireland In-Port Race, securing victory in the In-Port Series and third place overall in the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race.

Quantum Racing took first place in the IRC 52 Class at Key West Race Week, and went on to win the 2012 Audi Sardinia Cup, claiming victory in the TP52 class and joining Soto 40 Iberdrola for a first place finish for Team USA.

Superyacht Lionheart - a Winner of the 2012 Kings Hundred Guinea Cup at the J Class Solent Regatta.

Superyacht Lionheart - a Winner of the 2012 Kings Hundred Guinea Cup at the J Class Solent Regatta

Hall rigs swept the IRC division at April’s Les Voiles de St. Barth, with TP52s Mayhem, Vesper and Powerplay taking first, second and third.

These successes came on the heels of the International Rolex Regatta, where Powerplay claimed first, Antilope (a Grand Soleil 46 and Hall customer) took second, and Mayhem third.

Jongert 29m superyacht Scorpione dei Mari earned second place in the Cruising Division at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, and another podium finish in Class 1 at the Superyacht Cup in Palma, taking third.

Hoek 115 F-Class Classic Yacht FIREFLY - Image courtesy of Hoek Design

Hoek 115 F-Class Classic Yacht FIREFLY - Image courtesy of Hoek Design

Oceanfurl Boom
The same as it has always been – and when there’s no way to improve on perfection, go bigger! The Wally 50m sailing yacht Better Place boasts the largest Oceanfurl Boom ever built. Manufactured exclusively at the Hall New Zealand facility, the Hall Oceanfurl Boom meets the demands of blue water sailing on today’s superyachts. A premium carbon fiber in-boom furling system, Oceanfurl provides pleasing aesthetics and uncomplicated functionality. Other yachts featuring the Hall Oceanfurl Boom include:  Dubois 30m charter yacht Nostromo, Dubois 36,8m charter yacht Bliss, Warwick 82 charter yacht Aiyana, and Friendship 75 charter yacht Isabel.

Hall SCR: Seamless Carbon Rigging – The Ultimate Performance Upgrade
Hall’s revolutionary SCR Seamless Carbon Rigging is made by fusing the vertical and diagonal shroud elements form a single, homogeneous piece of rigging. Hall SCR is solid carbon and therefore impervious to water. Other composite rigging products, with braided covers and air pockets inside, let moisture in, which adds weight and can reduce strength.  With proper maintenance, its life expectancy, like that of a Hall carbon mast, can be many decades.

SCR Airfoil: The first, and only, carbon fiber rigging with a streamlined airfoil shape. Hall’s revolutionary SCR Airfoil dramatically reduces drag by reducing frontal area to its absolute minimum. SCR Airfoil reduces upwind drag by 50% over round rigging. Baltic 78 charter yacht Lupa of London completed her recent refit with Hall SCR Airfoil rigging.

SCR Round: Hall SCR round rigging has a profile almost identical with Nitronic 50 rod. It has a smaller diameter – and therefore less drag – than bundled carbon and PBO systems. 2012 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Supermaxi winner, the Baltic 112 superyacht Nilaya, is outfitted with Hall SCR round.

SCR Continuous: The low-profile rigging shape of SCR continuous as it passes through the spreader allows us to offer a minimum size, elegant spreader tip design. SCR Airfoil continuous rigging can be found on the recently launched Ker 51 Varuna. A sample will be available at the Hall Spars booth, situated at QS32 in the Darse Sud Tent.

SCR Discontinuous: Hall’s SCR discontinuous carbon rigging features our unique, easy-to-install Split Tip Cups that are custom machined for SCR stemball terminals. Hall uses only titanium connections with the carbon rod. At half the weight of stainless, Hall’s titanium end fittings are the smallest and lightest end fittings available. Swan 80 sailing yacht Selene was recently fitted with SCR discontinuous rigging, along with the recently launched Tulip 88 yacht and Contest 72 yacht.

Frers 88 sailing yacht Tulip

Frers 88 sailing yacht Tulip

SCR Retrofit Package
Hall SCR carbon rigging is up to 70% lighter than metal rod rigging.  Upgrading to Hall SCR is the best way to improve performance, and one of the easiest. Hall has introduced an SCR retrofit package to replace conventional stainless rod rigging simply and easily. The system is “plug and play” with no mast re-work or spreader modifications required.  New rods can be installed in a matter of hours, and in many cases, Hall rods interface with existing mast and deck hardware for further cost savings.

New AutoLock Design
New for 2012, Hall introduces an internal lock with visual and audio proximity indicators. It is a simple and refined device using standard Hall AutoLock bodies and components that can handle multiple bullets for use with mainsails. Proven to be easily serviceable, the lock can be taken out of the mast with the halyard still in it – no messenger lines needed.

AutoLocks have proven consistency and performance on boats including the Swan 45, Ker 43, Antrim 40, Ker 40, Gunboat 90 and Baltic 78.  Compact and versatile, all parts are self-contained and there are no trip lines to tangle on deck or in the mast. The most consistent and easy-to-service solution on the market, Hall AutoLocks provide a new level of elegant simplicity.

Hall Spars Commercial Division
Hall Spars has also been very busy with non-marine composite projects for the energy, aerospace, and defense industries. Details are classified for many of Hall Spars aerospace and defense projects, but in our most recent energy project, Hall manufactured turbine components for the United States’ first commercial, grid-connected tidal energy project. Hall Spars all-composite Advanced Design Cross Flow turbines are key to Ocean Renewable Power Company’s TidGen turbine generator unit (TGU) design. The TGU is the core component or “engine” for ORPC’s proprietary hydrokinetic device, which captures the energy of moving water without using dams or other barriers.

Hall Spars built the tidal turbines with carbon fiber reinforced composites, an ideal material for the loads the turbines will encounter and the marine environment in which they will operate.

Hall Spars Team
Hall Spars is very proud to announce that Andrea Merani has recently received his Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate and is now attending the Master Project Managing training. Andrea joined the Hall team in 2004, with the opening of the Hall Med Sales & Service office.

Hall Spars Service
Hall Spars and Rigging has more than 30 years of experience building and servicing the world’s most innovative high-performance spars and rigging. No one is better equipped to service one’s superyacht’s mast and rigging. With locations worldwide, technicians from Hall Spars international service team will travel to one’s boat. Hall spar or not, one can still get the famous Hall Service. From annual inspections to rigging replacement, Hall Spars is here to provide the expert service that guarantees the best ongoing performance.

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