Rob Salthouse photographed by Hamish Hooper

Southern Spars has recruited Rob Salthouse to its team in his preliminary role as project manager and assisting project manager Kevin Batten with his multiple projects. As part of his new role Salthouse will primarily help Batten look after the Volvo 65 fleet for the upcoming 2014/2015 race. “My main goals are to help facilitate a seamless flow of my projects through the factory and on to the boats, producing the highest quality masts,” he says.

A prolific sailor, Salthouse is eminently qualified for the position and will be a huge asset to the Southern Spars team. Over his 28 year racing career he has taken part in many big name regattas and offshore races, including three Volvo Ocean Race campaigns, five Americas Cups for New Zealand and five Admiral’s Cups.

Salthouse grew up immersed in the world of yachting. “Sailing is everything for me, it’s my passion,” he says. Having begun as a sailmaker, working for Tony Bouzaid at Hood Sails, Salthouse later made the move into professional racing as a trimmer and driver and rig specialist. This combined rig and sail expertise, together with a strong work ethic, is what he says will help him drive the role.