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

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