Diverse diversifies

The Varney-Wardrop empire absorbs Isle of Wight composites company

Wednesday April 6th 2005, Author: Louay Habib, Location: United Kingdom
Since 1982, when Lou Varney and Phil Wardrop started the company, Diverse Yacht Services has been on the leading edge of supply and installation of performance yacht racing equipment. From the top of the mast to the tip of the keel Diverse can supply you with masthead wands, custom spar components, custom electronic systems, the full Harken range for deck blocks and winches and have the expertise and personnel to complete the service.

As part of their commitment to improving the range and quality of their products, Diverse has recently acquired Tropical Engineering, a world-renowned Composite manufacturing company. For 10 years Tropical Engineering have been producing high quality carbonfibre components, often breaking new ground along the way. Past projects have included the first commercially certified all composite steering system for the Nigel Irens designed round the world power trimaran Trans Oceanic Adventurer, the mast with which Shirley Robertson Gold winning Europe in Sydney 2000, and the foils for Ellen MacArthur's recent record breaking trimaran B&Q/Castorama. Tropical Engineering also supply some very well known Marine Industry companies with production components.

The founder of Tropical Engineering, Steve Mellors, will be very much involved with the expanding Diverse team, and joining Tropical as the new Managing Director will be Bob Cundall. Bob has 40 years experience in mechanical engineering and a long previous association with Diverse. In 1985 in conjunction with Diverse, Bob developed another familiar product, the 'loadcell', which is an essential tuning device for the modern race boat.

Meanwhile the latest addition to the Diverse team is Tom Wilson. Tom brings a wealth of experience having worked at Ancasta for nine years in charge of new boat commissioning. It was Tom's job to ensure that the owner stepped aboard his new boat with total satisfaction. Tom is keen to establish himself as a key member of the team at Diverse and was chosen out of an impressive list of applicants.

Tom Wilson started racing at a young age. At 15 he was the first person to sail around the Isle of Wight in a Topper! In recent years he has excelled in more conventional yacht racing such as the Rolex Fastnet, Rolex Middle Sea Race and the Admiral's Cup. Tom has also been a valued member of the Farr 52 Team Tonic for several seasons.

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