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August 2010

Nathan Outteridge Wins Moth Europeans

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In July, CST supported sailor Andrea Bonezzi was crowned the “European Contender Champion”, using CST’s HM Club mast.  Two weeks later CST spars have won yet another regatta.

This time Australia’s Olympian and CST team member Nathan Outteridge, has beaten a strong fleet of 85 boats to become the 2010 European Moth Champion..

Sailed on Switzerland’s Lake Silvaplana, the championship was one of the closest on record. Nathan and fallow CST sailor Bora Gulari were the standouts from the rest of the fleet. Last time these two met, Bora was victorious taking the World Champion crown in USA. This year Nathan came back in a new boat sporting a prototype “Elite” series mast from CST, and experienced great speed improvement to win the championship by 2 points.

The next big event on the Moth calendar is the 2011 World Championship to be sailed from Belmont 16ft Sailing Club on Nathan’s home waters of Lake Macquarie. It should be a great contest between these two sailors, however past World Champions like John Harris could also cause an upset. The top 10 is likely to be made up of ex World and Olympic Champions.

Rowing Oars Break Test

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CST composites has been supplying rowing oar shafts for Jac Oars since 2007,  however we have recently undertaken more development work in order to compare CST’s filament wound tubes versus opposition fabric wrapped tubes.

A number of “cantilevered” tests was performed on both opposition and CST shafts where both deflection data and breaking loads were recorded.

The data was conclusive, it showed CST filament wound shafts to have a 25% higher ultimate load while being 11% lighter.

The secret to superiority of filament wound products lies in its high fibre to resin ratio, uncrimped fibre paths and accuracy of our computer controlled process.