With the J/70 named the 2013 Boat of the Year over 300 J/70s sold, fleets springing up all over the country and with almost 40 J/70s signed up for Key West Race Week, Doyle Sailmakers is excited to be making fast, easy to tune J/70 sails.
During the second week of December, Jud Smith and Greg Marie from Doyle One Design went to Miami, Florida for a 2 day tuning session. This tuning session was designed to check over some of the slight tweaks made to the designs and to develop a tuning guide to ensure the maximum boat speed from Doyle J/70 sails.
The latest on our J/70 designs:
- Added a radial clew to the main for a lighter stronger clew.
- Kept the cross-cut midsection for smooth transition at batten ends.
- Testing has made it increasingly clear that the best VMG in light to moderate air will be achieved by sailing deep running angles.
- Our spinnaker design has been optimized for deep soaking angles while still being able to reach when planing.
Having a few other testing partners around in Miami gave us the opportunity to test rig tune and trimming methods.