Volvo Ocean Race

ECsix Rigging by Futture Fibres

About the Project

The new Volvo Ocean 65 Class has been designed, engineered and built to be a high performing and competitive race machine. With a 25-year history in the Volvo Ocean Race and as suppliers of ECsix carbon rigging, Southern Spars was the obvious choice as supplier of the record for the Volvo Ocean 65 one-design rig. Within one-design rules, all 10 rigs must be identical in terms of dimensions, weight and stiffness. Southern Spars’ robust production processes guarantee this. The race rigs are fully optimised. They use Southern Spars innovative Thin Ply laminate approach to get more refinement and precision into the mast and component laminates. To ensure the mast stays up, ECsix carbon fibre rigging is being utilised throughout. The ECsix cables have multiple layers of safety built into their design and have been proven to be the most reliable carbon fibre stays on the market. In the 2008-09 edition all seven teams that completed the race had opted for ECsix and not one suffered serious rigging failure.


Designer: Farr Yacht Design
LOA: 72 feet
Mast Height: 28 metres