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Archive for September, 2015

Africa Wins 2015 J/70 North American Championship

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Jud Smith, Head of Doyle One Design, sailing with  Marc Gauthier, Victor Diaz, and William Felder on Africa, overcame a 15 point deficit on the final day of the J/70 North Americans to take the title in the competitive 50-boat fleet.  Smith had sailed consistently through the 4 day event, with only one race outside the top 10 going into the final day, but it was the final two races that moved him from second into first.

Doug Strebel and the Zounds team led for the first thee days of the event, posting all top six scores except for one race yesterday. Tim Healy finished third, a position he had held throughout the four day event.

With light winds and a 2:00pm deadline for the final race start, Smith only had two races to shorten Strebel’s 15-point lead. Winds blew at an average of 6-8kts over the racing venue, set up just offshore from Coronado beach. The first race of the day was a four-leg course, with two upwind and two downwind sprints. Smith  finished in 9th place, while Strebel  fell to the second half of the fleet, finishing in 25th.

21519588429_5bff263873_oIn addition to a major change on the scoreboard, Race 9 also had significant changes of its own. John Brigden (Cool Story, Bro) was poised for a top finish after an early lead in the upwind leg, but ultimately fell behind and finished in 14th place. Shannon Bush (Hooligan) and Thomas Bowen (Reach Around) both conceded two places during the second two legs, finishing in 6th and 4th, respectively.

Joel Ronning (Catapult) won Race 9, followed by Jeff Brown (J/70) in 2nd place and Julian Fernandez Neckelmann (Flojito y Cooperando) in 3rd.

Going into the final race of the regatta, a two-point spread separated Smith in 1st from Strebel in 2nd. Since competitors were not eligible for any throw-out scores, every race counted towards the final showdown.

21680330196_83e0fe1033_oBy the time the fleet made it to the first upwind mark, Brad Rodi (Bl!ss) was leading the race with regatta leader Smith just four boats behind. Strebel was well behind the top third of the fleet during the second leg. He finished the race in 18th place, guaranteeing that Smith would take home the title.

For more information on Doyle’s J/70 sails, please visit here.

For complete regatta results, please visit here.

 

Mahalo Takes Class 1 at ONE Regatta

The ONE (Offshore New England) Championships, formally Marblehead-based PHRF New Englands, was hosted this past weekend out of the Corinthian Yacht Club.  It was a light air regatta, as is typical for this end of August event.

In a very tight Class One, Swan 42 Mahalo, wins with three bullets under its belt over the course of the three day regatta. Mahalo is powered by a new Doyle upwind inventory, the same sails they used most recently to win the Swan 42 Nationals. On the trail to the upcoming NYYC Invitational Cup, it is a great win for Mahalo to beat the previous Invitational winners by four points at this event.

Mahalo wins class with Doyle Stratis upwind inventory

Mahalo wins class with Doyle Stratis upwind inventory

In other classes, Tom Drechsler on Dehler 38 Remain Silent, won Class IV by five points with all new Doyle sails. In the J/105 fleet, Blown Away won the class using a Doyle main and Fred DeNapoli on Allegro Semplicita. In the J/70 fleet, Jud Smith on Africa sailing with his wife, Cindy, and powered by Doyle, wins.

Blown Away wins J/105 class with Doyle Main

Blown Away wins J/105 class with Doyle Main

Allegro Semplicita takes second in J/105 with all full Doyle inventory

Allegro Semplicita takes second in J/105 class with full Doyle inventory