Athos receives Rondal rig
Rondal has successfully stepped the masts on the 62 m Hoek Design schooner Athos, built at Holland Jachtbouw. Starting on a calm late-April morning followed later by rain and the threat of wind, the two masts measuring 61 m and 54 m were seamlessly lowered into their deck rings.
The carbon Rondal furling booms and the main (with an exceptional length of 23.5 m) were next to be added, with the stainless steel bowsprit having been placed some weeks prior. A crow’s nest travelling up the foremast makes for great views.
Both masts were built from High Modulus carbon fibre for weight optimisation and high performance. The masts are supported by lightweight PBO rigging. With an impressive 1980 m² upwind sail area, Athos’ rig is immensely powerful and will give the owner an edge in many regattas to come.
As well as storing the immense sails, the carbon rollaway booms also incorporate powered sun awnings that cover almost three quarters of the deck. Within minutes of dropping the anchor drinks can be served in the shaded cockpit.