The America’s Cup is the world’s greatest sailing regatta, with the next edition taking place in 2021 in Auckland, the home of Southern Spars. As the competition returns to their home soil, Southern Spars announced that they will be supplying the rig to the newly formed INEOS TEAM UK.
INEOS, one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, recently announced their America’ Cup challenge – joining with Sir Ben Ainslie in the biggest ever British investment in the Cup’s history. Ainslie, the world’s most decorated Olympic sailor, will take the lead in designing and building the boat, as well as skippering the racing yacht. On designing the rig for INEOS TEAM UK, the mast makers will push the performance of monohull yachts to the limit to create a foiling AC 75 that will be both challenging to sail and exhilarating to race – opening new horizons for racing yachts.
This is not the first time that Southern Spars have been involved in the world’s most important yachting trophy.
The company has a long history with the America’s Cup; both sharing the same values as leaders in their respective fields, with innovation and high performance being the driving forces behind their work. Southern Spars has a proven track record in the competition and their capabilities when it comes to precision carbon fiber manufacturing.
Commenting on the partnership, Grant Simmer, INEOS TEAM UK CEO said:
“When it came to choose a rig supplier capable of helping INEOS TEAM UK bring the America’s Cup back to Britain, Southern Spars were an obvious choice. We are delighted to be working with a company who will be able to draw on their profound experience, as well as bringing their distinctive innovative approach. We are positive that together with Southern Spars’ expertise and INEOS’ world class technology we can mount a successful challenge in 2021.”