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Relative Obscurity Wins J/70 World Championship

Relative Obscurity 2017 J/70 Worlds

The 2017 J/70 World Championship was one the largest and most competitive One Design regattas of the year, with 161 boats racing haling from 24 different countries.  With many of the top sailors in the world competing, the racing was incredibly close throughout the regatta hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.  After the racing had concluded, it was American Peter Duncan, sailing with Doyle’s own Jud Smith, Victor Diaz de Leon and Willem van Waay, that came away with the victory. Over the course of six races, the team never placed worst than third and won three races, finishing with a 15 point margin over runner-up Brian Keane (USA).

Relative Obscurity 2017 Worlds_2“Awesome! Top of the world!” exclaimed Peter Duncan dockside at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. “It is a great feeling, I have sailed with some great guys, we had a great event, and everything seemed to go our way, it was just one of those weeks. It is hard to put into words how I feel like now, but this was just exceptional. This fleet has some really great talent, and the organizers, and the yacht club have done such an amazing job. Most of all I want to credit the crew, Victor, Jud, Willem, have been just fantastic.”

With numerous General Recalls, Black Flag in play, and a full on foam up. The Audi J/70 World Championship had a thrilling climax to remember for years to come. With sparkling sunshine, a significant sea state, and a warm westerly breeze, piping up to a ballistic 30 knots, the world’s largest championship sportsboat fleet enjoyed a fantastic finale.

Relative Obscurity 2017 Worlds_5The team on Relative Obscurity has sailed together for most of 2017, and worked hard in preparation earlier this year.  In 2017, the team has won the J/70 Italian Nationals, Newport Regatta, and Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, in addition to taking third at the J/70 European Championships.  Jud Smith, head of Doyle One Design, has been intimately involved with the team, and for the World’s the team was using Doyle latest J/70 Class Sails: M2 Cross Cut Main, J6R Bi-Radial Jib and AP Class Spinnaker.

To learn more about Doyle’s J/70 Sails, please visit here.

For Complete Regatta Results, please visit here.

 

Introducing Delta By Doyle

Doyle Sails Launches New Product
See the difference with DELTA by DOYLE – a sail construction for the club racer and performance coastal cruiser under 15 metres

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Doyle Sails is thrilled to introduce the latest addition to their performance cruising and racing range, DELTA.

Delta’s high-quality fibre options and layouts offer a modern alternative to the traditional paneled sail construction. Utilizing the same plant and technology as their premier product Stratis, Delta customers will reap all the benefits of proven manufacturing processes.

Delta_DesignSpecifically developed for the local club racer and coastal cruiser under 15 metres (50 ft)  – Doyle can customise each sail based on size of yacht and purpose of use. Creating a 3-dimensional model (as pictured below), helps to consider all of the accurate parameters of the boat, and is essential to the sail flying as intended.

The fibres used in Delta laminates will include Black Technora and Carbon as the primary load bearing yarns. Technora fibres are extremely durable and resistant to flex fatigue, whereas Carbon fibre’s have the ability to resist stretch and maintain great shape retention over the life of the sail. With the option for white taffeta or clear UV films, both surfaces will have technora x-ply to counter act off axis loads.

 

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As a brand and organisation that prides itself on the ability to provide the best in quality and technology, Doyle also believes in the importance of customer satisfaction. Delta was created to provide a wider range of sail options for our customers. With the understanding that not all boats and budgets are created equally Doyle strives to give our fellow sailors choices to best suit their needs. 100% owned and operated by sailors for sailors.

To find out more about this special product please contact your local loft or simply visit www.doylesails.com/delta

 

Doyle Introduces Cable-less Code Zero’s

Invisible Hand Cableless SailOn the heels of delivering many of the world’s largest sails out of their revolutionary Stratis membrane technology, including the highly-loaded mainsails on Sailing Yacht A, Doyle has introduced another groundbreaking product to bring higher strength and lower weight to the racing market.   The Doyle team have launched a product known as the Cable-less Code Zero sail in which an uninterrupted lens of uni-directional fibers designed in the luff of the sail takes the load from the tack all the way to the head. This advancement will give the ability to ease the tack up effortlessly and get more luff projection for deeper angles, giving the sails constructed with this method more range, lighter weight and less total cost.  Part of this stems from eliminating the often heavy and expensive torsion ropes that have become prerequisites to successful deployment of standard Code Zero’s.

doyle-zero-243x300The secret behind the concept is that the load is taken along the sails natural load path instead of requiring the many tons of cable tension to try and keep the luff tight. In the Cable-less Code Zero the luff is pushed to windward creating a far straighter luff for a fraction of the load; this also helps accommodate a portion of the rule required mid-girth and allowing the luff to be eased and flown for deeper angles.  When it comes time to furl the sail away the bands of unidirectional Carbon running down the luff allows for a quick and easy ‘bottom up’ furl.

This is a product that has been under development since 2016, and has been tested at the highest level of the sport in the last year. The results of the yachts racing this this Cable-less technology have been impressive, including;

  • Momo, Maxi 72 – winner 2017 Maxi World Championship
  • Bella Mente, Maxi 72 – winner 2017 Carribean 600
  • Proteus, Maxi 72 – winner 2017 Corfu Challenge Cup
  • Invisible Hand, Pac 52 – winner 2017 Transpac Race
Momo Competin at 2017 Maxi 72 Worlds with Cable-less Code 0

Momo Competing at 2017 Maxi 72 Worlds with Cable-less Code Zero

Given Doyle’s past experience in engineering sails that are able to save weight and handle enormous loads, the Cable-less Code Zero is a perfect extension of their resources to deliver an easy to handle, light weight product that has application for both grand-prix racing programs and cruisers alike where a versatile sail with a wide range will enable more time spent sailing.  The combination of Doyle’s extensive design and engineering team with the unique ability in the Stratis production process to run long, uninterrupted Carbon fibers has ushered in the latest groundbreaking improvement to offwind sailing.

Ker 56 Varuna Competing in the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race

Ker 56 Varuna Competing in the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race

Doyle Grey and J70 Italian Nationals Win

Although award announcers proclaimed an “unexpected outcome” for US J70 team, Relative Obscurity, at this past weekend’s 55 boat Italian Nationals, Doyle Sailmakers was not surprised. The scratch sheet was chalk full of competitive teams, including most of the top teams from the San Francisco Worlds and top teams of Europe and South America, but Peter Duncan and his team chipped away each of day in perfect racing conditions of 6-14 knots for the win. They were easy to spot, championing Doyle Grey sails amidst a sea of white.

Doyle Grey amidst a sea of white

The reasoning behind Doyle’s new grey sails is mostly a need for a faster, stronger headsail for the J70. The J70 is a one design class limited to one jib to be used for the entire wind range, from 1 to 30+ knots. We approached Dimension Polyant in hopes of creating the best performing and most durable radial jib cloth, and are extremely pleased with the results. The grey finish has the absolute lowest stretch of any woven radial polyester cloth available. This cloth is strong, not only in the warp, but in every direction, similar to a premium laminate. With the ambition of reducing stretch, we also wanted to distinguish our sails, not just in results, but also in a color that is physically easier on the eyes.

No Stretch Grey Finish Doyle Jib

Doyle One Design does not cut corners and puts the needs of our customers first.  We know that J70 jibs take a beating and decided to go stronger, creating a fabric that will last a season of hard use in all conditions, without compromising shape. That is why we only offer one jib design that will perform in any location or condition. The J70 Doyle J6 jib design is the same one which previously won San Diego North Americans and assisted podium finishes at the San Francisco Worlds and UK Europeans.  We developed a high clew for in-hauling to ten degrees from the get-go, while our competitors are just catching on.

Doyle Grey J70 sails winning Newport Regatta against US teams

Our J70 Main design has similarly been ahead of the learning curve, keeping it simple with a cross cut main from the beginning. Since the 2015 La Rachelle Worlds, our M2 main design has had proven results, with a few construction and shape refinements. The Doyle J70 main has reduced mast bend and less luff curve, which allows the mast to support the headstay better in high wind speeds. In this regard, our main design compliments our jib design and is also currently being produced with a durable Doyle Grey finish. Our J70 sails are results driven, but after seeing some pictures; we are excited the Doyle Grey is also aesthetically pleasing.

Peter Duncan won Newport Regatta with Doyle Grey sails

 

J70 Italian Nationals Results

Doyle J70 One Design Page

Doyle J70 Order Form

Doyle Victories at Loro Piana SuperYacht Regatta in Division B and D

Doyle Sails powered a yacht in each class at the Loro Piana Regatta in Virgin Gorda this year.  Our Division B and Division D Doyle powered yachts came out on top. We were able to discuss the event with our representatives sailing in between this event and the St Barth’s Bucket.

P2 in Virgin Gorda

The 125’ Perini Navi/Briand collaboration, P2, managed to pull of winning Division B again this year. Both Doyle’s CEO, Robbie Doyle, and head of One Design, Jud Smith, were on board advising on strategy and tactics. They used the same upwind race sails that were used to win Loro Piana two years prior under the previous owner.  Jud was impressed at how well the sails had held up, “The Stratis Carbon/ Technora sails were still in fantastic condition and still looked and performed as they did two years ago at the same regatta.  That’s after more than two racing seasons racing in the Caribbean and Mediterranean Superyacht circuit.” They also had many of the same crew from years prior, but the current team was primarily from the 2010 Vitters built Hoek 50 Meter superyacht, MARIE.

P2 in Virgin Gorda

Going into the final race, P2 was tied with Ganesha, each only having 3 cumulative points. The regatta was sailed in 10 to 18 knot Easterlies with a variety of 25 to 33 mile courses around islands and set marks.  Each raced featured a combination of reaching, running and windward legs in a pursuit start format, where the winner was decided by who’s leading at the finish line.  In the final race, the P2 crew prevailed with flawless crew work and a conservative strategy to maintain the lead after Ganesha tore their kite on the first set, costing them valuable distance before hoisting a second kite.

Perseus^3 in Virgin Gorda

In Division D, 200’ Perini Navi Perseus^3 , having only debuted in the Caribbean last season, won with all bullets. This yacht lost the overall trophy by only 13 seconds. Crew Boss, Peter Grimm Jr., let us know they were able to get in three a half days on the water prior to the event.  During practice, the breeze was consistently 22-27 knots of true wind speed. However, Peter stated, “We never worried about any sail failing because we were so confident in the data from the CFD FEA runs. Sail choices were made with 100% known results.”

Perseus^3 in Virgin Gorda

Peter also exclaimed they were unafraid to do sail changes on the 60 meter, 500 ton sloop, even changing from the A2 to the Code Zero in only four minutes. He was also bragging that they were able to get the spinnaker staysail up and fully drawing in a minute and a half, while keeping the spinnaker full. Perseus^3 was using their entire race inventory and had every sail ready to go each day. He was very pleased with the Doyle Stratis providing optimum maintainable shape for properly designed sails. Obviously, this yacht benefitted from having a veteran crew on their second season, confidence in their data, and durable superior sails. Despite the main, blade, working jib, and staysail being used for charter, three Transatlantic crossings, private use, and the racing circuit, they are holding up and still succeeding.

Relative Obscurity Rules J70 Class at Bacardi Miami Race Week

Peter Duncan, with Relative Obscurity crew consisting of Moose McClintock, Willem van Waay, and Victor Diaz DeLeon, won the J70 class at the 2017 Bacardi Miami Sailing week, with a six point lead and two bullets. Peter told us they elected to race the event with previously used upwind sails, thinking it would be too light to put on a crisp new jib. (It did end up being below planing conditions in the 5-9 range in all but the last race.) They were pleased at how clean the competition was with the 2nd and 3rd place boats; despite how tough and close the racing was during the event. Victor said, “We focused on being conservative throughout the regatta because we thought we had a speed edge. We emphasized having good starts in low density areas to get out clean and have options.” In his usual way, he wrapped up with a sociological overview, “With the different ages and personalities on board, our team has a good mix of wisdom, experience, athleticism and spunk.”

On-board Relative Obscurity high-res pro spunk selfie

Each member of the team unanimously agreed that their downwind speed was excellent and it was mentioned that it saved them from some potentially tough beats by allowing them to be near the leaders at the leeward gates. Willem, who was part of teams placing 2,1,2 in the last three World’s, had high praise for the latest spinnaker design, “I knew that the upwind sails were very fast from sailing next to the Doyle boats over the last 2 years, but I wasn’t sure about how the kite would fair. I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that the kite was a rocket in all conditions. In practice, we had an edge in the planing conditions, and in the regatta, we had an edge in displacement. The kite was very easy to trim and I could feel from the beginning that it had excellent pull and power through the range. With other coaches videoing us, it didn’t go unnoticed.  Our technique and communication was great, but something was also special about that kite: Looking forward to sailing more with it.”

Duncan sporting Grey Doyle Main & new jib on Practice Day

For those of you in the J70 circuit this winter, you may have noticed a few grey sails on the race course, including on Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity. Jud Smith, our head of One Design, headed up this initiative, saying, “After extensive development work, we are pleased with the results of the new Grey finished Dacron.  While the look is certainly different, it’s not just a dye, but an improved resin finishing process designed to produce a firmer cloth that will hold its shape longer and through a greater wind range, and further increases the durability of the core fibers in the cloth.  Particularly for One Design classes that relay on a smaller number of sails, having a lightweight sail that meets the class rules but also holds its shape better is a real advantage.” Both the Doyle main and the jib are now produced out of this improved fabric. The Doyle main design was developed as cross cut and has remained so from the outset, being found superior to our competitors’ radial designs. Though others are finally catching on, we know our years of experience perfecting this layout will allow our customers to continue to shine.

Bacardi Race Results

Doyle J70 Sails

Doyle J70 Tuning Guide

Feel free to contact our head of One Design:

Jud Smith: jsmith@doylesails.com

Mendelblatt/Liljedahl win Bacardi Star Class, powered by Doyle

With nearly 70 boats on the line, the Star class was likely the most competitive at Bacardi Miami Race Week. Doyle One Design is very excited to have had sails on the winning boat.

Mark Mendelblatt and Magnus Liljedahl won the Star class. It was Mark’s third time winning the event in his hometown as a skipper and Magnus’s sixth time winning as a crew. They were excited with their win, despite a lack of breeze and a general recall barring racing on the last day. They managed to beat Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot, who are leading the Star Sailors League ranking.  Mark was using Doyle’s M14+ Main, most days the J6R jib and two of the days, the J8C jib. He did not buy a new set for Bacardi, but instead used the same set that won him the Star Sailors League 2016 Finals in Nassau, Bahamas.

Mark Mendelblatt between races at Bacardi Miami Race Week 2017

Mark Mendelblatt & Magnus Liljedahl win Star Class at 2017 Bacardi

Doyle Star Sails

Bacardi Race Results

Do not hesitate to contact our One Design department to discuss Star sails at onedesign@doylesails.com. Tomas Hornos or Jud Smith would be happy to assist you. Don’t forget we have designed and tested a main version for the new Burton mast, as well.