The 70th edition of the Rolex Sydney-Hobart race saw Wild Oats XI sail her way to a record eighth line honours victory, beating closest rival the newly launched Comanche with a time of two days two hours three minutes and 26 seconds.
In a great result for the KZ Hall of Fame, all of the first five yachts across the line – Wild Oats XI, Comanche, Ragamuffin 100, Rio 100 and Black Jack – were carrying KZ offshore racefurler models ranging between 10 and 20T. We are very proud to be the product of choice for so many of the the world's best performance yachts.
We are pleased to confirm that effective as of 2015 the entire Extreme 40s fleet will be exclusively using KZ offshore Racefurlers. Back in December Keryn McMaster, Brand Manager at KZ Marine, headed to Sydney to see some of the fleet in action, working with the boats to make sure they were all happy with the equipment and performing strongly. Act 1 of racing for 2015 commenced in Singapore in Marina Bay, from February 6th-8th, with the Red Bull Sailing Team taking victory. We are looking forward to plenty of racing over the year ahead.
One of the most talked-about superyacht launches of 2014 was Jim Clark's new 30m maxi yacht Comanche. Built for speed and performance by Hodgdon Yachts, Comanche harnesses all the latest build technologies and is set to be a formidable competitor on the race course as her close second place line honours at the recent 2014 Rolex Sydney-Hobart race proves.
"KZ Marine first got involved in the Comanche project after being approached by her project manager and boat captain who had worked with us on previous Volvo Ocean Race projects," says Keryn McMaster. KZ Marine worked with the Comanche build team to help develop big custom furlers to ensure a safe working load. Other work included a range of custom parts in titanium and other exotic materials, with the KZ Marine design team developing these unique custom solutions for the project. Since her launch, KZ Marine has remained closely involved with the team, even providing last minute service support on non-KZ parts prior to the Sydney-Hobart race commencing.
The Auckland leg of the Volvo stopover is fast approaching, and with the full fleet carrying KZ 10T offshore Racefurlers we are looking forward to seeing our gear back on home soil. The race village opens on February 27th, with the fleet in town until 15 March before the start of Leg 5. While the fleet is in Auckland we will be taking the opportunity to fully service all the Volvo fleet furlers to make sure they are in pristine condition ready for the remaining legs of the race. Stay posted for our activity surrounding the Stopover.
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