Sunday, September 8, 2013 (CHICAGO) – Chuck Bayer and his team on Grizzly put their hands on the 2013 Beneteau 36.7 North American trophy. While Grizzly was definitely a stand out at the event finishing 22 points ahead of Second Place finisher Peter and Dan Wright on Maggie Mae, the regatta was dominated by boats using Doyle Sails. In fact four different boats using Doyle Stratis sails won a total of 10 of the 11 races in conditions that ranged from 8-18 knots over the 4 days of racing.
Multiple Race winners include Peter and Dan Wright’s Maggie Mae, Chuck Bayer’s Grizzly, Ken Sharp’s Patriot, and Charlie Wurtzbach and Mike Bird’s FOG who won the last race. Many of the boats were using a combination of the Doyle Stratis ICE sails and our Standard Carbon/Technora Stratis Sails. Doyle sails were on well over ½ of the fleet.
Chuck Bayer, the skipper of Grizzly, said, “This feels great after 10 years of competing in these NACs. We’ve entered the last day with the lead three previous times and never pulled it out. It has been a long haul to get here but practice makes perfect,” Bayer said. “I have to say that I brought the best crew possible and they were the reason for our success. We’re all friends and they are just terrific. They do their jobs so well that I don’t even have to talk when we are racing. I’m just thrilled to finally get this win.”
Ken Sharp and his team on Patriot put on a brilliant performance on Day 3 to finish with a 1,3,1 on one of the shiftiest days of the regatta.
Charlie Wurtzbach and Mike Birds Doyle Stratis powered FOG won Race #11 and that moved them into the 5th place podium spot.
Over the last 10 years Doyle Sails has been the leader in the Beneteau 36.7 Class, and has the most extensive set up guide of any sailmaker. In addition Doyle continues to analyze the sails and develop them forward to insure our customers are getting the best sails and service possible.
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