Team Origin, with New Zealander, Mike Sanderson as Team Director has signed a partnership agreement with Matrix Masts NZ to assist and support the manufacture of AC rigs for this latest challenger.
The Matrix Masts factory has undergone some dramatic changes in order to accommodate Team Origin including; a dedicated climate controlled laminating room and air-conditioned “high tech” production room. The rig design office, headed by Bruce Thompson, also a New Zealander will be within Team Origins facility at Matrix Masts.
Mike Sanderson said; “By utilising the New Zealand talent pool and keeping our top designers all in one facility we can ensure that the processes, quality and testing of our new rigs will be consistent and leading edge. I have had a long relationship with the directors of Matrix Masts and am excited and confident that our partnership will produce winning results”.
Matrix Masts has been in business for 21 years. Their reputation as a “boutique” builder of masts for an elite clientele has given them the confidence and know-how to move into the AC arena. Murray Jones, a director of Matrix Masts has been involved in many winning America’s Cup campaigns. His philosophy of pushing the envelope of innovation in design; along with director, Garry Hassall’s philosophy of keeping the company personal and “in touch” has ensured that Matrix Masts is the understated champion of carbon masts and booms in the industry today.