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OYS Rigging, Conrad Colman and the Vendee Globe

Conrad-Colman-Rounds-Cape-Horn-OYS-Turnbuckles-RiggingNew Zealander Conrad Colman is set to become the first Kiwi sailor to take part and complete the Vendee Globe, and he is doing it will a little help with rigging fittings from Ocean Yacht Systems.

Just before the start of the Vendee Globe, Conrad Colman approached OYS to replace his OYS turnbuckles on his standing rigging. OYS, custom made the fittings in a very short space of time given the rapidly approaching start of the Vendee Globe on 6th November 2016.

Conrad is now round Cape Horn and is heading North to the ultimate goal, the finish line in Les Sables d’Olonne.

Whilst Conrad is battling the elements, we are busy back in the factory with 11 superyacht rigging projects in for refit in January.

More on our rigging can be found on our website here.

Follow the progress in Vendee Globe here.

Photograph courtesy of Conrad Colman Ocean Racing.



Season's Greetings

OYS-Christmas-Card-message-2016Season's Greetings from everyone at Ocean Yacht Systems. Please note the changes to our opening times over the festive period.

  • Friday 23 December: 0800 - 1200
  • Monday 26 December to Monday 2 January: Closed
  • Tuesday 3 January: Business as usual from 0800



Showboat Design Awards 2017


On 1st December, Boat International announced the finalists in the Showboat Design Awards 2017.

Year on year, Ocean Yacht Systems (OYS) is involved in several high-profile superyachts launched and 2016 has been no exception, with four yachts (sail and motor) reaching the finals of the Showboat Design Awards 2017.

“We are delighted to see Captains, Owners and Owners Representatives selecting our thrusters, rigging and hydraulics for their new build and refit projects. Good luck to all the finalists.” Commented Mark Barwell Sales Director at OYS.

A full list of the finalists can be found on the following link,

The winners will be announced in Austria on 5th February 2016.



OYS World Support

OYS Rigging Busy Times METS2016Ocean Yacht Systems (OYS) rigging service and refit team is enjoying a busy Autumn winning and delivering various large yacht projects around the globe.

Recent major service work is underway in partnership with OYS service agents and trained riggers in Auckland, Palma, Italy, Holland, the UK and the USA. Jon Briggs-Winn, OYS’ dedicated rig service project manager, has a busy few months ahead of him ensuring significant yachts such as Royal Huisman’s Athena and Perini Navi’s Squall and Fidelis get back sailing on time and on budget.

2017 looks to be shaping up to be a strong one for OYS, with new rigging and refit enjoying a peak alongside OYS’ continued production of sail control cylinders, bow and stern thrusters.

OYS is exhibiting at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) at the RAI, Amsterdam from 15 to 17 November on stand 03.132. The service and new production team will be in attendance so please drop by and see them anytime during the 3 days of the show.


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