Effective as of 14 April 2016 Keryn McMaster, KZ Racefurlers Brand Manager, is leaving her role at KZ Marine Group. Keryn will be taking a year out to travel with her family, undertaking an extended world trip, before returning to New Zealand in 2017. Keryn joined the company five years ago, following a highly successful professional racing career and time out to start her family. One of the world’s most respected female sailors her accolades include two Volvo Ocean Race campaigns.
A restructure moving forward sees Rick Hackett, Managing Director of KZ Marine Group, take up the sales and service role, building on the current high standards of service, whilst Greg East will fully take over the design and production team. Rick has always worked closely alongside Keryn whilst being involved in design and production, so a seamless handover of operations is anticipated.
“We are, of course, very sorry to see Keryn go, but pleased that her departure is for all the right reasons and we look forward to hearing about her travels,” says Hackett. “Keryn’s significant experience has proved invaluable to the Racefurlers brand and we thank her for all her efforts, dedication and hard work during her time here.”
KZ Racefurlers continues to strengthen as the furler brand of choice for the performance-focused yachts and superyachts. In demonstration of the line's reliability and high service standards in February 2016 Volvo Ocean Race announced that KZ Racefurlers would continue as the official furler supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018.
KZ Marine Group is the world's leading marine hardware manufacturer.