Archive for April, 2011

VIDEO: J/111 Cabo Race

The J/111 INVISIBLE HAND shot this video documenting their ride to Cabo, the first few days of light air and then the breeze finally kicked in. INVISIBLE HAND’S owner Frank Slootman had some insightful commentary for current and future J/111 owners:

“With six crew, I thought the boat was quite manageable. We slept and ate well. Crew (of 6 total) commented how comfortable the boat was. We have a light air #1 head sail that performed very well upwind. The last day when the winds finally became what we were rated for, the sailing was absolutely epic. The boat was continually planing and surfing big waves. We spun out a few times, of course (still learning), but the boat doesn’t broach violently and lay over hard, it is quite easy to get control back. I compared the downhill sailing to deep powder skiing, very gentle. But, the boat was like a dog with a bone, it just wanted to go all the time!! Our downwind speeds most of the time were in the low-mid teens, peaking at 18 knots. We had the A2 (big runner) up most of the time. We put up the A3 (110 sq. meter) kite when breeze started to push past 25 kts on the last night and we were surprised how little speed we sacrificed and the boat was just rock solid in the conditions with that smaller kite. We made up HUGE the last day on the fleet. We were only a good hour out of second overall, which we would have easily made up had the race lasted a few hours longer. It was very apparent from post race chatter that none of this went unnoticed!!”

Watch video of Frank’s J/111 INVISIBLE HAND team sail fast & fun to Cabo.

Brad Boston Wins 2011 Charleston Race Week Trophy

Charleston Race Week 2011Charleston Race Week 2011 was held April 14-17, 2011. Brad Boston’s Jackpot won the Viper 640 class, a strong 25-boat fleet, and went on to win the Charleston Race Week Trophy. The Charleston Race Week Trophy is awarded annually to the skipper who wins in the most competitive one-design class. This is the second year in a row that Doyle sails have won the Charleston Race Week Trophy

In the Ultimate 20 class, Doyle customers came in 1st and 3rd. Jim Pearson’s Slippery won the class and Peter Marriott’s Zulu came in 3rd.

2011 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week is an event of South Carolina Maritime Foundation and Charleston Ocean Racing Association. All profits from the event support educational programs aboard the Spirit of South Carolina, a traditional tall ship serving South Carolina’s youth.

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Or for either class contact Brad Boston at 519-344-5236,

2011 Charleston Race Week Results

Flash Gordon Wins Young 88 2011 New Zealand Nationals

Flash Gordon Wins Young 88 2011 New Zealand Nationals

Flash Gordon with William Tyler, Richard Bouzaid and Mike Sanderson, managed a convincing win of the Young 88 2011 New Zealand Nationals with four line wins, sailing in a range of conditions that tested both boat speed and tactics to the limit.

The Young 88 class is the biggest One Design keelboat class in New Zealand. The Young 88 fleet attracts the top names in New Zealand sailing with the winning skipper and crew considered by many to be one of the best sailing teams in the country.

This win for Doyle Sailmakers follows on from the win in the Farr 1020 class last weekend and clearly demonstrates the advances Doyle Sailmakers has made with the Stratis GPx range over the last two years in design, engineering and durability.

Flash Gordon has a full inventory of Doyle Sails. The new generation 1 Stratis GPx genoa gave the team a clear advantage utilizing the full carbon compression structure that Richard Bouzaid and his design team have developed over the last year. The carbon compression structure provides a smoother exit, improved shape control and longer shape holding over time making for a faster sail in both the short and long term.

Newcomer to the class Nathan Williams on Slipstream III finished first on handicap, with a partial inventory of Doyle Sails.

Young 88

About the Young 88
One of New Zealand’s biggest one design success stories, the Young 88, designed by the legendary Jim Young, is about 30 feet in length and with a fractional rig. The Young 88 is a popular multipurpose boat that offers speed and agility for racing, with space and comfort for cruising. 158 have been launched since the first mould was built by Roger Land in the 1980s. Of these, 77 are still in the Auckland area, 9 in Northland, 13 in the rest of the North Island, 19 in the South Island, and 38 have been exported. The Young 88 Owners Association owns the moulds, which are available for the production of new hulls.

Complete Results

Flash Gordon Too Slippery in Harken Young 88 Nationals,

New Zealand Farr 1020 Nationals

New Zealand Farr 1020 Nationals

Doyle Sailmakers congratulates the winners of this weekend’s New Zealand Farr 1020 Nationals: Phil Yuill’s Max Headroom for line victory in the series and Michael Lanigan’s Share Delight for overall handicap victory.

Congratulations also to Shokran helmed by Joe Brownlee for finishing a close second in both categories in the five race series.

Share Delight and Shokran had full inventories of Doyle Stratis sails and Doyle Superkote spinnakers, while Max Headroom was powered by Doyle Stratis Gpx Carbon headsails and Doyle spinnakers. Shokran carried the latest 2011 Doyle Stratis mainsail and Stratis Gpx 1 genoa, which features the new compression carbon membrane structure first debuted on Anema & Core at Key West earlier this year.

Following on from first and second overall in last year’s Young 88 Class nationals, these Farr 1020 results show that Doyle Stratis sails continue to dominate one design racing and offshore racing because of the product’s high performance and durability characteristics.

Doyle Stratis’ offshore performance and reliability in extreme conditions is highlighted by Secret Mens Business 3.5’s Overall win of the 2010 Sydney Hobart Tattersalls Cup. The Sydney Hobart race is one of the most testing offshore races in the world, with the 2010 race being no exception. Secret Mens Business complete inventory of Doyle sails not only were durable enough to endure the tough conditions but were fast enought to power Secret Mens Business to victory.

Doyle Sailmakers’ Stratis manufacturing plant is based in Auckland with a 6,500 square meter production facility dedicated to the manufacture of all the Stratis Doyle membranes sold worldwide.

The success of the Stratis product right across the sailing spectrum highlights the importance of continual investment in research and development to stay ahead of the field.

2011 New Zealand Farr 1020 National Championship Results

Mendelblatt and Fatih Win Race 5 of the Princess Sophia World Cup Regatta

Mendelblatt and Fatih Win Race 5 in Day 3 of the 2011 Princess Sophia World Cup

Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih won race 5 in Day 3 of the Princess Sophia World Cup Regatta in Palma. Since Day 1 when their tiller broke at the first mark causing them to miss 2 races, Mendelblatt and Fatih have recorded 3 top 10 finishes to move up to 15th overall while still counting a DNC. An additional 4 or 5 more races are scheduled prior to medal race on Saturday.

The Princess Sophia Regatta is the second World Cup event on the 2011 tour. The first event was Miami OCR in January. Mendelblatt has been using just one jib (J7) and one main (M12) from Bacardi Cup in every race since his other sails were delayed in transport. Mendelblatt is sailing a year old Folie hull 8367.

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