2013 is going to be a busy regatta year for the J Class fleet with, in all probability, more of the world’s most magnificent racing class vying for position on the start lines than ever before.
Focusing on the need to remain at the cutting edge of performance, Hanuman’s team has just completed a range of new initiatives to further optimise speed and efficiency. Central to these initiatives was a rig enhancement programme that included the installation of full continuous EC6 composite rigging, and the design and production of new Rondal spreaders.
As builders of the original rig, Rondal saw this development as an opportunity not just to redesign the spreader ends to accommodate continuous rigging; but also to optimise structure and shape for optimum weight and strength while further reducing wind resistance.
The original 52.6m main spar – built in two full length vertical sections by Rondal in collaboration with the world’s finest rig design consultants and sail makers – continues to perform outstandingly well. It offers extremely sophisticated rig adjustment by the trimmers for optimum sail draft and luff curve across all wind and sea conditions.
The mast has now been re-stepped in the United States and Hanuman is sail-trialling well.