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Mahalo Wins Swan 42 Nationals

Mahalo At Windward MarkSince its debut in 2007, the Swan 42 National Championship has provided close racing in hotly competitive One-Design fleet, with a class that provides a good mix of high-performance boats with strict professional limitations.  As a result, the National Championship has become a highlight of the summer calendar in Newport, and this year featured a mix of teams that were trying to qualify to represent the New York Yacht Club at this fall’s Invitational Cup, as well as international teams that were using the event to prepare for the Invitational Cup – making for a very competitive field.  This year, it was Charles Kenahan’s Mahalo that walked away with the championship, finishing first or second in six of nine races.  In 2014, Doyle Sailmakers began working with Mahalo to develop a new Stratis ICE upwind inventory for the Swan 42 Class.  Third place went to John Greenland of the Royal Thames Yacht Club sailing Better Than, who were also using Doyle Sails with Doyle’s own Alan McGlashan aboard trimming headsails.

Kenahan Win 2015Because of the desire to keep the class Corinthian in many regards, the class has strict sail limitations that put an emphasis on sails that not only perform well initially but hold their shape overtime.  The Stratis ICE sails have proved their worth at this point, having helped Mahalo to impressive performances on both sides of the Atlantic over the last year,  including a 5th place at the  Rolex Swan Cup last fall.

Mahalo Nationals 2015 Diana McConnellKenehan is a relative newcomer to the class, having bought Mahalo in 2012. And he’s had to fight his way up the ladder in a class full of some of the country’s best sailors.  “We had not had our core crew together since the Rolex Swan Cup last September in the Med,” said Kenahan. “We were all very excited to be back together. I spent plenty of time in the back end of the fleet and you look forward and see these boats that are just set up so well, just ‘locked in’, and they tend to carry it for most, if not all, of a regatta. We were just lucky enough that this was our first time ‘locked in’. We’re very pleased about that and we hope we can do it again. It’s camaraderie, pursuit of excellent and it’s a lot of hard work.”

Doyle began the development process last spring  utilizing the same sail design process that has proven successful for some of the most competitive Mini-Maxis and One Design classes, while also looking to utilize materials that would ensure the longevity needed to keep the boats up to speed for years to come.  Combining cutting edge CFD and FEA modeling with extensive on the water validation, Doyle has successfully made in impact an a short amount of time.  “We’re ecstatic with the results we’ve had so quickly and appreciate all that Charles and his team on Mahalo have done to help with that.  Watching Mahalo improve over the last year is a testament to how hard the team has worked.  Results like this are also always a good validation of our sail design and manufacturing technology” commented Robbie Doyle, who has been on the forefront of Doyle’s recent efforts.  “It’s not easy to get into an established class like the Swan 42, but with the resources Doyle has at its disposal we can quickly develop a winning sail program.”

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