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Salperton loses her mast
Posted: Monday, January 24, 2011 4:16 PM
Joined: 02/05/2008
Posts: 392

Dockwalk recieved this press release from Southern Spars:

"The 44-meter superyacht Salperton was dismasted on Saturday, 22 January 2011, whilst sailing off Guadeloupe with mainsail and blade in light conditions. Nobody was hurt and the yacht made port safely.

Salperton was launched in 2009 and it’s Southern Spars mast carries PBO rigging by Future Fibres.

Salperton has crossed the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans (twice) and has been sailed in all weathers for very many miles without ever giving cause for concern.
The cause of the dismasting is not known at this time. The mast is broken approx 6m above deck, some distance below the D1 tangs and Spreader 1.

Paul MacDonald of Southern Spars, New Zealand, is travelling to Antigua to discuss the incident with the captain and crew, and to inspect the damage to both the mast and rigging. He expects to meet with the owner during this week too.

We shall inform the wider large sailing yacht fraternity as more information becomes available."



Posted: Monday, January 24, 2011 4:52 PM
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Broken boom, broken Spleen, Broken mast.....Beware
Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 4:10 PM
Joined: 02/05/2008
Posts: 392

Dockwalk received this press release with regard to the demasting of S/Y Salperton IV on January 22, 2011.

Tuesday 15 March, 2011;
Southern Spars has been commissioned to design and build a new mast and EC6 rigging package for Salperton IV to replace the previously damaged mast and failed PBO standing rigging.
The cause of Salperton's dismasting is yet to be determined but an investigation to be led by the yacht’s insurers with both the manufacturer, and its carrier, actively participating in the aforementioned investigation.   The investigation will likely commence within the next few weeks upon the arrival of the necessary parts and equipment returning to England.
At present, Southern Spars has been able to reasonably ascertain the following facts as it pertains to the casualty suffered by Salperton IV at the time of loss:
1.    The yacht was sailing in 10-12 knots with full main and blade.
2.    Port D1 PBO stay supplied by Future Fibres broke at a relatively low load
3.    Port D2 PBO stay supplied by Future Fibres was found to have broken too
4.    The mast broke in 3 places; below D1 tangs, on or just below the deck, and some point above spreader 2, presumably when the top sections hit the water.
Contrary to certain reports and disseminations made by certain members of the mast and rigging industry, there is absolutely no basis to support  the assertion that the primary cause of the casualty was mast compression or that the mast should have been designed and built to withstand a D1 failure. Such misinformation is simply inaccurate and misleading.
Southern Spars, Paul MacDonald remarks that "Southern Spars has every confidence in our design tools, manufacturing capabilities and the quality of the mast build. We will actively support and assist the investigation as to the primary cause of the dismasting. At the same time, we are pleased to have received the 'green light' for a new mast and EC6 rigging, and expect that Salperton will be sailing before the end of the summer in Europe".
For further, please contact:
David Glen, Group General Manager
Phone: +64 9 845 7200 or via email:
Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 4:52 PM
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