Archive for December, 2008

Crescent Sail Yacht Club, Tom Van Egmond

On behalf of the board of directors of Crescent Sail Yacht Club I wish to express our sincere thanks for the six starting/finishing flags that you donated for the CSYC regatta. We appreciate the contribution that you made to help promote the sport of sailing at Crescent.

Tom Van Egmond
Corresponding Secretary
Crescent Sail Yacht Club

Darryll Headley, Tartan 28


My name is Darryll Headley, I’m a customer of Andy’s and have purchased 3 sails from your loft through him. Andy has given me tremendous service.

This year my boat won the Lorain Sailing and Yacht Club JAM spring and summer series. In the summer series our throw out was a 1st. In the fall we moved up to PHRF by rigging the boat quickly and borrowing spinnakers from Brian Huntley and Chris Merkle. Anyway we won the PHRF fall series and then won the sail off for the club’s PHRF boat of the year with the help of the above people and getting my new Doyle Tape Drive in about 2 weeks. I see this relationship continuing. Thanks again to Andy and your loft.

Darryll Headley, Tartan 28

DRYA, Robert H. Schappe

On behalf of the DRYA, I would like to thank you for contributing the new yellow marker for C-Course. This is another indication of your support for racing in the Detroit area. The sailors, the Race Committee and the clubs appreciate it.

Robert H. Schappe
Commodore DRYA 2007

Greg Horvath, C&C 99


Thanks for the news. A few of your Bay City customers faired well in the Huron Challenge (DSA Doublehand Race) Toot2 and Jester took first and second respectively on the Bay City course. Seems I saw few more Doyle Sails on other fleet winners as well. Very pleased with the sails – Joe continues to provide excellent dedicated service.

Greg Horvath
Jester – C&C 99

Jerry Bolek


Since we started using the new sail we are unbeatable! 2 races and the Atwood Cup race (5 laps in 93 degrees of heat). How can I get my boat faster downwind? Give me a call when you have time. Thanks!

Jerry Bolek

Jim Shufflin


Thanks again for building me a new sail. It just fits and its very fast. The clew height is just right, the foot self-skirts and the additional sail area Vs the old 3DL is considerable. So far, 2 races – 2 O/A’s.

Jim Shufflin

John L. Huff, International 110

Hi Al,

Congratulations on your merger with Doyle. Robbie Doyle, Dave Curtis and other guys at your firm are legends in the International 110 Class. The tape drive sails you developed for the Class are unbeatable. Thanks for everything you’ve done for the Class, and have a great Fall season!

John L. Huff

Pat Waters, C&C 115

Hi Al,

We took our new C&C 115 out racing for the first time yesterday in winds ranging from 5 knots to 25 knots. I have to tell you, the Kevlar/Mylar main and genoas are awesome! Beautiful shape, construction and they fit the boat perfectly. We missed finishing first by 50 seconds in a race over 20 miles, so it was a good beginning. We reefed the main also at one point and that worked great also.

Thanks for a super suit of sails!

Pat Waters

Paul Horst

The sails have performed well. Our last day on the last leg from New Caledonia to Brisbane was probably the strongest winds, 30-35 kts on the beam, 20′+ seas. Had two reefs in the main, and partially furled Yankee. Maybe a bit over canvassed, but without a 3rd reef, we didn’t want to drop the main completely, and it wouldn’t have been fun in those conditions. The boat handled it fine; we just got a bit wet when the occasional rogue wave decided to crash over the boat.

Paul Horst

Pontiac Sailing Education Foundation, Esther Callahan

Dear Al,

Thank you for your Opti Sail donation to the Pontiac Sailing Education Foundation. Your support will help us to continue our purpose to foster educational programs for the training in the service of seamanship, navigation and related skills and other activities related to the purpose of sailing.

Esther Callahan
Auction Chairman
Pontiac Sailing Education Foundation