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CST International 14 Wins Fourth Straight World Championship

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Winning a World Championship is a feat that many people can only dream of. But for Archie Massey and Dan Wilsdon of GBR1519, it seems to be a recurring theme. These amazing sailors managed to win the recent 2013 International 14 World Championship held at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, notching up Archie’s 4th straight win and Dan’s 3rd straight win. Clearly these boys must have something that others don’t.

Archie Massey and Dan Wilsdon of GBR1519 in Canada

Archie Massey and Dan Wilsdon of GBR1519 in Canada

 

Their boat has been sporting a CST Composites rig and boom since they started winning World Championships and it has been paying consistent and clear dividends. The latest edition that they featured in this most recent Championship was our 125mm boom and HM 4 model mast. This is a one piece mast that offers many advantages over its two piece counterparts;

No sleeve in the middle of the mast means that the mast retains it’s even luff curve that presents the perfect glove to match the slick suit of sails from Dave Alexander Sails. The lack of a sleeve also reduces the weight of the mast, and other exclusive engineering advancements led to an overall weight reduction of 20% compared older models and competitors.

Not only has the mast slimmed down, it has been stiffened up. This provides a stiffer mast profile whilst still maintaining the automatic gust response tip which is so coveted by skiff sailors. This new design is perfectly suited to modern sails where the flat top mainsails are becoming bigger and more powerful in a class renowned for being at the forefront of speed increase technology.

The HM 4 mast from CST Composites has been completely redesigned with speed in mind. Not only is this mast more suited to the constantly changing world of sail shape in the quest for speed, but it follows the recipe of “Lose weight to add speed”, including moulded spreaders to reduce drag, increase consistency and reliability whilst also keeping the kilograms to a minimum.

CST International 14 Wins Fourth Straight World Championship

By | All News, Marine News, Uncategorised

Winning a World Championship is a feat that many people can only dream of. But for Archie Massey and Dan Wilsdon of GBR1519, it seems to be a recurring theme. These amazing sailors managed to win the recent 2013 International 14 World Championship held at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, notching up Archie’s 4th straight win and Dan’s 3rd straight win. Clearly these boys must have something that others don’t.

Archie Massey and Dan Wilsdon of GBR1519 in Canada

Archie Massey and Dan Wilsdon of GBR1519 in Canada

 

Their boat has been sporting a CST Composites rig and boom since they started winning World Championships and it has been paying consistent and clear dividends. The latest edition that they featured in this most recent Championship was our 125mm boom and HM 4 model mast. This is a one piece mast that offers many advantages over its two piece counterparts;

No sleeve in the middle of the mast means that the mast retains it’s even luff curve that presents the perfect glove to match the slick suit of sails from Dave Alexander Sails. The lack of a sleeve also reduces the weight of the mast, and other exclusive engineering advancements led to an overall weight reduction of 20% compared older models and competitors.

Not only has the mast slimmed down, it has been stiffened up. This provides a stiffer mast profile whilst still maintaining the automatic gust response tip which is so coveted by skiff sailors. This new design is perfectly suited to modern sails where the flat top mainsails are becoming bigger and more powerful in a class renowned for being at the forefront of speed increase technology.

The HM 4 mast from CST Composites has been completely redesigned with speed in mind. Not only is this mast more suited to the constantly changing world of sail shape in the quest for speed, but it follows the recipe of “Lose weight to add speed”, including moulded spreaders to reduce drag, increase consistency and reliability whilst also keeping the kilograms to a minimum.

505 Class New Boom Design

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At CST, we aim to constantly improve the function of our products. This includes strength, lightness, stiffness but also ease of use and aesthetics. The latest 505 boom to leave our factory features improvements in every single category.

In order to gain extra stiffness of the boom without adding weight, we used High Modulus carbon fibre as opposed to Intermediate Modulus.

In addition, constant improvements in sail design require stiffer booms and more refined fittings. To complement the stiffer tube, CST has upgraded the various fittings to include a Ronstan snap shackle laminated directly onto the boom. Not only does this make for easy attachment of the vang cascade, but it eliminates the need for holes to be drilled in the boom as this compromises the structural integrity.

MG14 boom with lightweight twin poles and laminated vang snap shackle

505 boom with lightweight twin poles and laminated vang snap shackle

The vang is not the only fitting attached directly onto the boom, as the mainsheet hangers are also a standard carbon fitting that is glued in place. These sleek fittings have been methodically tested and have been proved to withstand up to 1200kg and in some cases, the 3/16 solid stainless steel pin sheared under the pressure before the carbon broke!

MG14 laminated glue-on mainsheet hanger. can be fitted to both mid-boom and end

505 glue-on mainsheet hanger. Can be fitted to both mid and end boom sheeting.

Finally, the gooseneck slot is a moulded fitting that is glued into place, bonding directly to the boom with 100% surface area contact, spreading the load evenly. These gooseneck fittings are a stock part and can be purchased separately from our CST stock.

MG14 glue-on stock gooseneck

505 glue-on stock gooseneck

High Modulus carbon, laminated vang snap shackle, glue-on mainsheet hangers and moulded carbon glue-on gooseneck fittings. No holes are drilled. No compromise in strength. Practical, functional and bulletproof fittings. Gorgeous looks from every angle.

The new 505 boom from CST Composites will make you the envy of the entire rigging park.

Drastic Improvements for Sayer 44 Boom

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Recently, CST Composites received a request to replace a broken alloy boom for a Sayer 44. The client wanted to replace the boom with a composite section, whilst keeping the expensive end-fittings. In addition, as with all our clients, cutting down on costs, reducing weight and quick turnaround time were paramount.

In response to this task, CST Composites altered a mandrel so that whilst the boom section would be oval, the rectangular ends required for the existing fittings would be wound as one section. This drastically improves the integrity of the boom as the entire section is produced as a single piece.

Elliptical to rectangular in a single section

Elliptical to rectangular in a single section

In addition, the production was engineered to allow the entire product to be supplied in kit form with easy-to-attach fittings. This shortens the production time, cutting labour costs and ensuring quick turnaround time.

Fittings are easy to attach and look sleek

Fittings are easy to attach and look sleek

Couple these factors with the obvious weight benefits of replacing the 50kg alloy section with a section that only weighs 30kg yet is 20% stiffer due to the use of our Intermediate Modulus fibre, not to mention the impressive aesthetic appeal, and the overall result is a success on every front.

This is just another example of how CST Composites works with the customer to identify problems and engineer a solution that is stronger, lighter, longer lasting, better looking and less expensive than alternative products.

Exciting R&D Projects and Product Developments in 2013

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CST has developed a range of specialist products that are designed to address rapidly growing demands for specialist composite products to replace traditional alloy materials. Specifically these developments include:

Mining & Infrastructure

We are currently developing a number of new products suitable for a range of mining, infrastructure and other industrial applications.

I-Beam

Our development of the I-Beam will come to fruition this year and we expect to release the product in volume to the marketplace by the third quarter of 2013. This product will be technologically advanced and provide a solution for infrastructure, construction, and industrial clients. The I-Beam has generated a great deal of interest and seems to be the perfect structural component for many applications.

Pultruded carbon fibre I-Beam

Pultruded carbon fibre I-Beam

I-Beam stand

I-Beam stand

Communication Masts

We have continued our development of a range of communication masts specifically designed for the mining Industry. Because metal masts have been shown to fatigue rapidly, CST has designed a new prototype for this application. We have developed a prototype of a unique product that integrates into existing hardware and provides substantial life-cost benefits. CST’s prototype is stronger than current solutions and is suitably designed to bear operational forces, prevent fatigue and, therefore, damage.

Exciting R&D Projects and Product Developments in 2013

By | All News, Industrial News, Uncategorised

CST has developed a range of specialist products that are designed to address rapidly growing demands for specialist composite products to replace traditional alloy materials. Specifically these developments include:

Mining & Infrastructure

We are currently developing a number of new products suitable for a range of mining, infrastructure and other industrial applications.

I-Beam

Our development of the I-Beam will come to fruition this year and we expect to release the product in volume to the marketplace by the third quarter of 2013. This product will be technologically advanced and provide a solution for infrastructure, construction, and industrial clients. The I-Beam has generated a great deal of interest and seems to be the perfect structural component for many applications.

Pultruded carbon fibre I-Beam

Pultruded carbon fibre I-Beam

I-Beam stand

I-Beam stand

Communication Masts

We have continued our development of a range of communication masts specifically designed for the mining Industry. Because metal masts have been shown to fatigue rapidly, CST has designed a new prototype for this application. We have developed a prototype of a unique product that integrates into existing hardware and provides substantial life-cost benefits. CST’s prototype is stronger than current solutions and is suitably designed to bear operational forces, prevent fatigue and, therefore, damage.

CST Success in Windsurfing Down Under Pro

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Mast base

Mast base

CST has been developing masts for windsurfing formula boards. After working with Brett Morris and Jesper Vesterstrom, CST has had success in the 2013 Qantas Down Under Pro. Jesper Vesterstrom achieved a great result, coming second in testing conditions of 20-30 knots. CST will continue to work with Brett and Jesper to provide superior solutions for high-performance formula board masts.

Mast ferrule

Mast ferrule

CST Begins 2013 With Wins in Multiple Sailing Classes

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2013 is off to a fantastic start for sailors with CST masts. We’ve had some exciting winning results in several classes of Australian national championships. Congratulations to all the winners.

16′ Skiff Australian Champion 2012/2013

Brydens - 16' Skiff Australian Champion 2012/2013

Brydens – 16′ Skiff Australian Champion 2012/2013

Brydens Compensation Lawyers (Lee Knapton, Peter Mackie, Ricky Bridge). Using a CST Composites mast combined with MacDiarmid Sails, winning their titles with a day to spare. See the results here.

I14 Skiff Australian Champion 2012/2013

Del Boca Vista - I14 Skiff Australian Champion 2012/2013

Del Boca Vista – I14 Skiff Australian Champion 2012/2013

Del Boca Vista (Brad Devine, Ian Furlong). Using a CST Composites mast combined with Alexander Sails, winning their titles with a day to spare. See the results here.

NS14 Australian Champion 2012/2013

Tempest - NS14 Australian Champion 2012/2013

Tempest – NS14 Australian Champion 2012/2013

Tempest (Bryce Edwards, Amanda Stern). Using a CST Composites mast combined with Barracouta Sails. See the results here.

B14 Australian Champion 2012/2013

One More for the Bone (Guy Bancroft, Lachie Imeneo). Using a CST Composites mast combined with Irwin Sails. See the results here.

Cherub Australian Champion 2012/2013

Son of Wally (Trevor Fay, Nigel Blatchford). Using a CST Composites mast. See the results here.

Contender Australian Championship 2012/2013

Balance (Mark Bulka). Using a CST Composites mast. See the results here.

Sydney to Hobart IRC 3 Winner 2012/2013

Lunchtime Legend, Beneteau First 40 (Robert Robertson). Using a CST Composites mast. See the results here.

New Generation of Glue-on Moth Fittings

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Forestay attachement, spreader attachment and mainsheet hanger

Here at CST we’ve recently redesigned our moth fittings. They are now not only aesthetically more attractive, but they’ve been designed for weight reduction, strength, and flexibility of application. All you need to attach our forestay attachment, spreader attachment and mainsheet hangers, is glue.

These fittings are now available at CST Express, our online store.

CST Revolutionises Shaw 650 Boom Section

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New Shaw 650 rectangular boom section

CST is constantly redesigning our marine products to ensure we continue to provide sailors with the latest, strongest and lightest carbon fibre products. We have engineered and produced a rectangular boom section for the Shaw 650. The new section is stiffer, lighter and stronger with a length of 3.5 metres and weight of 5kg fully rigged. The new boom will be in action in Sydney soon with the first boat to receive it ready to go sailing.

If you want one of the new boom sections check out CST Express, our convenient online store for all your marine needs.

Shaw 650 rectangular boom section close-up

Stay tuned because we’ve also designed a new Shaw 650 mast which will be available before Christmas.