Rondal Selected as 2023 JEC Innovation Awards Finalists  for Automated Carbon Composite Wing Sail

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Rondal Selected as 2023 JEC Innovation Awards Finalists for Automated Carbon Composite Wing Sail


Rondal, the market leaders in superyacht spars and sailing systems, is delighted to announce that its automated, carbon fibre composite wing sail for yachts has been recognised by the JEC Innovation Awards committee and selected as a finalist for the 2023 JEC Innovation Awards in the category Maritime Transportation & Shipbuilding. Developed with project partners Curve Works and Artemis Technologies, the new wing sail concept aims to significantly increase the market share of wind-propelled yachts by creating a highly efficient, automated, composite solid wing sail technology that can be “ready-to-sail” in seconds, maximising the time vessels rely solely on clean, renewable wind propulsion. The wing sail created is also the world’s first large structural composite wing produced using a single adaptive mould with integrated heating to manufacture individual curved wing skin panels from pre-preg materials which were then bonded together to assemble the final wing structure. Rondal and Artemis Technologies employed the latest in simulation technologies to evaluate their wing design before the build of their 9 metre tall sailing prototype. An intensive sailing test program also allowed the project team to validate real-world handling characteristics of the wing versus its predicted performance and provided key data for the next stage optimisation of the wing control systems. The construction process for the new wing sail also represents a step-change in manufacturing sustainability for such large wing structures, with Curve Works integrating a new mould heating system within their adaptive tooling system.

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Rondal Review #20


Please find below the Rondal Review #20 with news and updates about:
Composite casebook - Vacancies, join the success story! - St. Barths Bucket Regatta - JEC Composite show, Paris - Investing in our mutual futures - Hatches matter! - Wajer boats - Captive winches - Aluminium spars - New faces - Service developments - Wind-assisted commercial ships - Superyacht Cup Palma 2022 - In brief - And much more...

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Transport and stepping of replacement rig


Over the last period the team of Rondal has been working on the production of a 49 meter main and 36 meter mizzen mast for a 50 meter ketch. The aluminum in-mast furling rig has been shipped from Vollenhove to Palma de Mallorca, Spain and was recently successfully stepped. At Rondal, we can oversee all of your sail handling requirements as one individual project, ensuring cohesive performance in every aspect of your yacht under sail. We call this our Integrated Sailing System. With a solid in-house team of engineers, naval architects and sailors as well as our trusted industry partners you can be confident that your projects Integrated Sailing System is engineered and fitted with the rigs and componentry best suited for your yachts design criteria.

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Rondal Review #19


Please find below the Rondal Review #19 with news and updates about: 

Rig Tuning
Upcoming events
Covering the waterfront
Solid wing development
Sponsorship development
Captivating technology
The Lengths we'll go to

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One piece mast & Out of Autoclave manufacturing


Rondal is the only company in the world capable of building a 60+mtr superyacht sailing mast in one piece. How do they do that: Rondal was an early adopter of the innovative OOA (Out of Autoclave) method and has since, for decades now, mastered the art. This allows Rondal to produce without the limitations and expenses of an autoclave. Many mast builders still stick (or shall we say ‘are stuck’?) to conventional and inept autoclave manufacturing at high costs, forcing themselves to build masts in multiple sections which subsequently have to be bolted together. This method doesn’t keep things ‘simple’, lean or elegant.While others still measure their competitiveness by the size of their autoclave, Rondal has moved on and perfected the OOA method.

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Rondal Review #18


Please find below the Rondal Review #18 - autumn edition - with news and updates about: 

An interview with Sales Manager Rudy Jurg
Performance spars delivered to SY Path
Project 405 – a groundbreaking project
Introducing Rondal AIR hatches
Composite superstructures becoming mainstream
Rondal windbreaks – endless choice
Innovations at Rondal

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New Rondal Sales Manager at the helm


Rondal has appointed Rudy Jurg Sales Manager as of 4 October 2021. Throughout his career, Rudy gathered extensive knowledge of composites in particular, and the marine industry in general, and we are delighted to announce this important step in strengthening the Rondal team. We are confident that Rudy’s expertise will provide a decisive contribution towards the realization of our goal to become the marine industries leading composite manufacturer in the coming years. To quote Rudy: “I have worked closely with Rondal for over 18 years as a supplier of composite materials and am thrilled to join the team. Always enjoyed working with this company!

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Rondal Review #17


Please find below the Rondal Review #17 - summer edition - with news and updates about: 

Harald Lubbinge, new Managing Director
Captive performance winches optimisation
New spreader design
Radarmast M/Y Broadwater
 

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Jeroen Sirag takes up senior marketing role at Royal Huisman, Huisfit and Rondal


Royal Huisman’s drive to fully develop the potential of the group’s brands has taken a major step forward with the appointment of Jeroen Sirag. Jeroen has been appointed Marketing Director from 1st July 2021with overall responsibility for global marketing strategy and operations at Royal Huisman, Rondal and Huisfit. Jeroen joins a new strategic leadership team, alongside Royal Huisman Commercial Director Peter Naeyé and headed by CEO Jan Timmerman, reflecting Royal Huisman’s strong commitment to investment in the shipyard’s future. The aim is to take fullest advantage of existing- and emerging market opportunities while – of equal importance – securing the business against new challenges. Jeroen’s assignment is to introduce a new level of strategic planning and marketing to the superyacht sector.

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SEA EAGLE II Integrated Sailing System


Just launched in Amsterdam after her sea trials were completed in the North Sea, SEA EAGLE II is now on her way to explore the seven seas. With her 81mtr LOA, she is the largest aluminum sailing yacht in the world. SEA EAGLE II, the impressive and already iconic superyacht, was built by Rondal’s sister company Royal Huisman, and designed by Dykstra Naval Architects and Mark Whiteley Design. Her three carbon composite equally tall masts are equipped with advanced Rondal furling booms, which are styled and shaped to match the design of the yacht. Additionally, the aft and main mast are equipped with staysails for reaching courses.

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