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Seldén Mast Dominance at 2019 505 World Championships

by Sam Vaughan 16 Jan 2019 17:00 UTC 2-7 January 2019
Mike Martin and Adam Lowry use a Seldén Alto mast to win the 505 World Championship in Fremantle © Drew Malcom / Seldén Mast

We are celebrating the dominance in Seldén Mast product at last week's 505 World Championships held in Freemantle, Australia. The top five were dominated with Seldén product, in positions 1, 2, 3 and further results through the top ten.

Mike Martin and Adam Lowry were super-fast throughout the regatta and were using an Alto section mast. Seldén have been a supplier of rigs for the class for many years from the early days of E to the current offering of Alto and Cumulus. The 505 class are constantly looking for the ultimate, consistent mast and for this reason they turn to Seldén.

Masts are produced in XPS Aluminium which has been developed exclusively by Seldén's own engineers in conjunction with our aluminium extrusion supply partner. Designed to increase the hardness, durability and corrosion resistance of a dinghy mast, XPS has a significantly elevated proof stress which means that masts are less likely to take a permanent set. Mast bend is a very real problem for many dinghy classes who operate close to their masts' yield point (the point where the mast in not able to recover its original straight position) in more extreme conditions, as seen at the Worlds in Freemantle last week.

Constant investment in our CNC taper cutting machine and automated welding processes are used for consistent tubes time after time, this reduces the inconsistency that are common with other spar manufacturers. Holes, Slots for fittings are now routered with a CNC milling machine for the ultimate in accuracy and repeatability.

High quality fittings are used throughout the 505-spar range, from high load ball bearing sheave boxes, the award winning Fully-Adjustable spreader range and a full range of different gooseneck options for different applications.

All sailors like to be able to have their preferred boat fit out and the 505 is the king of custom layouts. Listening to customers' feedback a Seldén 505 mast is supplied overlength to fit almost every 505-hull design. Structural elements are fitted offering the opportunity for any layout; talk to your dealer for more information.

Not only do we produce a fast mast, booms and poles are available too. Carbon booms and poles are 100% filament wound in Carbon Fibre, for the ultimate repeatable spar with a range of fitouts for launch lined poles and end for end solutions.

We are looking forward to working with dealers and sailmakers to close out the remainder of the top 10 at the next 505 World Championships, to be held in the Swedish summer of 2020. New developments are on the drawing board from feedback from sailors to make sure we are always at the front of this global class.

For more information on Seldén 505 products or any Seldén Mast products please contact your local dealer.

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