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Archive for August, 2013

Invisible Hand wins Transpacific Race

The 2013 Transpacfic Race proved to be another successful race for Doyle Sails, with outstanding results for the Doyle-powered yachts.  63’ Invisible Hand took first place in Division 1, Ragamuffin 100 took line honors and third place in Division 1, while second place in Division 1 went to Wizard, which had a new jib from Doyle on board for the race. Other Doyle success included a win for Farr 40 Foil in Division 5.

Invisible Hand crosses the finish line

Invisible Hand crosses the finish line

A Win In Division 1 for Invisible Hand

Frank Slootman’s R/P 63 Invisible Hand, skippered by Greg Nelsen, sailed to a convincing win in Division 1, despite being the smallest boat competing in the division. She won with an elapsed time of 188:49:51 (corrected time of 149:50:36),  handily correcting out over Elliott 100 Ragamuffin, the R/P 74 Wizard and canting keeled record setter Maserati (Volvo 70).

Invisible Hand had a new set of Doyle Stratis sails on board for the race, supplied by Bill Colombo of Doyle San Francisco. Based on a performance optimization program from Reichel-Pugh, Invisible Hand was fitted with a new Stratis Carbon/Technora mainsail that had a larger square-top as well as a slightly reduced foot, as well as new headsails. Doyle also built both a new A2 and A2.5 spinnakers, designed by Richard Bouzaid, Doyle’s Head Designer. “The A2 was increased about 8 per cent and that paid huge dividends in this predominately light Transpac,” said Nelsen in a post-race interview with Pressure Drop.

Invisible Hand Transpac Win

Invisible Hand Crew in Honolulu

“Doyle sails were instrumental in the overall retooling of our boat for optimal west coast racing,” said Frank Slootman, owner of Invisible Hand. “The sails are lighter, stronger and much more powerful than what we had previously. Off the wind, our boat really came alive with the new spinnakers. Doyle is a core partner of our program and played a key role in our Transpac win.”

Ragamuffin 100 Fastest Monohull Across Line

Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin 100 also went into the race armed with a full new Doyle Stratis inventory that included a new Stratis main, jib, genoa staysail and an A2 spinnaker. Design work was by Richard Bouzaid, with the sails finished by Mark Fullerton of Doyle China. Her overall elapsed time of 152:17:26, with an average speed over the course of 14.6 knots, won her the Merlin Trophy as the fastest monohull to finish.

Ragamuffin 100 starts the 2013 Transpac Race

Ragamuffin 100 starts the 2013 Transpac Race

David Witt, Ragamuffin sailing master, praised the new sails, saying: “Using Stratis on our 100 had a major performance increase that was unexpected. The large weight reduction in working gear, combined with larger and better shaped sails had the boat sailing well above its polars, numbers which we had not previously seen on the 100. We will certainly now be using Stratis on all our Ragamuffin yachts.”

“It’s great to be involved with the boat again, having designed sails for her back when she was Maximus,” said Bouzaid. “The expertise gained from the work we have done with the Volvo 70 Sanya and with Leopard 3 made it possible to get the result and the performance gains we achieved with Ragamuffin straight off the bat.”

Ragamuffin 100 is now in transit on her way back to Australia where she’ll compete in the Sydney-Hobart race.

 

Atlantic Class Nationals Win and Marblehead Race Week Wins

All 4 One Atlantic Nationals

Photo Credit: Donna Pace

Congratulations to Bill Barton and his crew Peter Smith, Peter Duncan and Thomas Blackwell who recently won the Atlantic Nationals held at the Madison Beach Club.  Sailing with all Doyle Sails, this is the first time that Bill and his team have won the event.  The team have been sailing together for years and have roots at the American YC in Rye, NY where Bill grew up, and are active in the Etchells class as well.  The team finished with an impressive scoreline of 3,3,1,5,1, besting the competition by 2 points after sealing the regatta and sitting out the last race.

Since 1981, Bill has crewed on various Atlantics in Blue Hill Bay, Maine . He bought his Atlantic shortly after the 2008 Nationals. Over the next 3 to 4 years he picked away at re-rigging and updating all the gear during his vacation time in Maine but continued to crew for others, including his current middle man in this year’s event, Peter Smith of Morris Yachts. Due to commitments and priorities racing in the Etchells Class internationally, his boat languished until finally being ready in 2012 for the KYC Atlantic Nationals where he finished 5th.

Doyle One Design has been building and refining Atlantic sail development for the last 6 years, and their sails also won Nationals in 2011.  The Jib is designed for a looser headstay to improve tacking angles, and the main is optimized for a stiffer mast.  The combination has proven very fast in recent years.

 

Marblehead Race Week Re-Cap:

Doyle Sonar Sails MRW 2013

Photo Credit: Phil Smith

Marblehead Race Week just wrapped up, and featured four days of racing that saw a variety of conditions.  Doyle Sails performed well, winning the majority of the classes, and the overall title as well.

Doyle Etchells Sails MRW 2013

Photo Credit: Phil Smith

In the Sonar Class, Doyle sails took 1-3, led by Skip Shumway, who was also named Overall Winner of Race Week for winning its most competitive class.  Following behind Shumway were Larry Ehrhardt and Eric Voss.  Many in the fleet were gearing up for the upcoming Sonar World Championships to be held in Rochester, NY in September.

In the hotly competitive Rhodes 19 class, with 32 boats entered, Doyle Sails took home 1-8, with Ben Richardson winning over last years champions, Charlie Pendleton / Jim Raisides.

Tomas Hornos won the Etchells Class sailing Destiny, with Doyle boats also taking 3rd and 4th.  This is the first time that Hornos has won the Etchells class in Race Week, having previously won the Sonar class in 2011.  Crewing for Hornos were Luke Lawrence and Andy Casey from Florida.  Hornos was using a standard  AP main new MHL2 full version jib with dual jib track trimming designed for typical confused sea state in Marblehead and offshore Newport, in anticipation of the 2014 Worlds to be held in Newport.

The IOD class was won by Norm Cressy and Bruce Dyson sailing Gypsy.  Norm Cressy, who worked for Doyle until his retirement, has raced the last 65 Race Weeks, winning a number of them over the years.

Doyle IOD Sails MRW 2013

Photo Credit: Phil Smith

The Town Class was also won by Doyle sails, with Berit Solstad taking home the win after winning 6 of the 9 races.

In the J/70 Class, Jud & Cindy Smith took home second, while Tyler Doyle finished 4th.  The regatta was a good experience, with some more information on tuning and trim sorted out in Friday’s racing.