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Archive for March, 2017

Doyle Victories at Loro Piana SuperYacht Regatta in Division B and D

Doyle Sails powered a yacht in each class at the Loro Piana Regatta in Virgin Gorda this year.  Our Division B and Division D Doyle powered yachts came out on top. We were able to discuss the event with our representatives sailing in between this event and the St Barth’s Bucket.

P2 in Virgin Gorda

The 125’ Perini Navi/Briand collaboration, P2, managed to pull of winning Division B again this year. Both Doyle’s CEO, Robbie Doyle, and head of One Design, Jud Smith, were on board advising on strategy and tactics. They used the same upwind race sails that were used to win Loro Piana two years prior under the previous owner.  Jud was impressed at how well the sails had held up, “The Stratis Carbon/ Technora sails were still in fantastic condition and still looked and performed as they did two years ago at the same regatta.  That’s after more than two racing seasons racing in the Caribbean and Mediterranean Superyacht circuit.” They also had many of the same crew from years prior, but the current team was primarily from the 2010 Vitters built Hoek 50 Meter superyacht, MARIE.

P2 in Virgin Gorda

Going into the final race, P2 was tied with Ganesha, each only having 3 cumulative points. The regatta was sailed in 10 to 18 knot Easterlies with a variety of 25 to 33 mile courses around islands and set marks.  Each raced featured a combination of reaching, running and windward legs in a pursuit start format, where the winner was decided by who’s leading at the finish line.  In the final race, the P2 crew prevailed with flawless crew work and a conservative strategy to maintain the lead after Ganesha tore their kite on the first set, costing them valuable distance before hoisting a second kite.

Perseus^3 in Virgin Gorda

In Division D, 200’ Perini Navi Perseus^3 , having only debuted in the Caribbean last season, won with all bullets. This yacht lost the overall trophy by only 13 seconds. Crew Boss, Peter Grimm Jr., let us know they were able to get in three a half days on the water prior to the event.  During practice, the breeze was consistently 22-27 knots of true wind speed. However, Peter stated, “We never worried about any sail failing because we were so confident in the data from the CFD FEA runs. Sail choices were made with 100% known results.”

Perseus^3 in Virgin Gorda

Peter also exclaimed they were unafraid to do sail changes on the 60 meter, 500 ton sloop, even changing from the A2 to the Code Zero in only four minutes. He was also bragging that they were able to get the spinnaker staysail up and fully drawing in a minute and a half, while keeping the spinnaker full. Perseus^3 was using their entire race inventory and had every sail ready to go each day. He was very pleased with the Doyle Stratis providing optimum maintainable shape for properly designed sails. Obviously, this yacht benefitted from having a veteran crew on their second season, confidence in their data, and durable superior sails. Despite the main, blade, working jib, and staysail being used for charter, three Transatlantic crossings, private use, and the racing circuit, they are holding up and still succeeding.

Relative Obscurity Rules J70 Class at Bacardi Miami Race Week

Peter Duncan, with Relative Obscurity crew consisting of Moose McClintock, Willem van Waay, and Victor Diaz DeLeon, won the J70 class at the 2017 Bacardi Miami Sailing week, with a six point lead and two bullets. Peter told us they elected to race the event with previously used upwind sails, thinking it would be too light to put on a crisp new jib. (It did end up being below planing conditions in the 5-9 range in all but the last race.) They were pleased at how clean the competition was with the 2nd and 3rd place boats; despite how tough and close the racing was during the event. Victor said, “We focused on being conservative throughout the regatta because we thought we had a speed edge. We emphasized having good starts in low density areas to get out clean and have options.” In his usual way, he wrapped up with a sociological overview, “With the different ages and personalities on board, our team has a good mix of wisdom, experience, athleticism and spunk.”

On-board Relative Obscurity high-res pro spunk selfie

Each member of the team unanimously agreed that their downwind speed was excellent and it was mentioned that it saved them from some potentially tough beats by allowing them to be near the leaders at the leeward gates. Willem, who was part of teams placing 2,1,2 in the last three World’s, had high praise for the latest spinnaker design, “I knew that the upwind sails were very fast from sailing next to the Doyle boats over the last 2 years, but I wasn’t sure about how the kite would fair. I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that the kite was a rocket in all conditions. In practice, we had an edge in the planing conditions, and in the regatta, we had an edge in displacement. The kite was very easy to trim and I could feel from the beginning that it had excellent pull and power through the range. With other coaches videoing us, it didn’t go unnoticed.  Our technique and communication was great, but something was also special about that kite: Looking forward to sailing more with it.”

Duncan sporting Grey Doyle Main & new jib on Practice Day

For those of you in the J70 circuit this winter, you may have noticed a few grey sails on the race course, including on Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity. Jud Smith, our head of One Design, headed up this initiative, saying, “After extensive development work, we are pleased with the results of the new Grey finished Dacron.  While the look is certainly different, it’s not just a dye, but an improved resin finishing process designed to produce a firmer cloth that will hold its shape longer and through a greater wind range, and further increases the durability of the core fibers in the cloth.  Particularly for One Design classes that relay on a smaller number of sails, having a lightweight sail that meets the class rules but also holds its shape better is a real advantage.” Both the Doyle main and the jib are now produced out of this improved fabric. The Doyle main design was developed as cross cut and has remained so from the outset, being found superior to our competitors’ radial designs. Though others are finally catching on, we know our years of experience perfecting this layout will allow our customers to continue to shine.

Bacardi Race Results

Doyle J70 Sails

Doyle J70 Tuning Guide

Feel free to contact our head of One Design:

Jud Smith: jsmith@doylesails.com

Mendelblatt/Liljedahl win Bacardi Star Class, powered by Doyle

With nearly 70 boats on the line, the Star class was likely the most competitive at Bacardi Miami Race Week. Doyle One Design is very excited to have had sails on the winning boat.

Mark Mendelblatt and Magnus Liljedahl won the Star class. It was Mark’s third time winning the event in his hometown as a skipper and Magnus’s sixth time winning as a crew. They were excited with their win, despite a lack of breeze and a general recall barring racing on the last day. They managed to beat Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot, who are leading the Star Sailors League ranking.  Mark was using Doyle’s M14+ Main, most days the J6R jib and two of the days, the J8C jib. He did not buy a new set for Bacardi, but instead used the same set that won him the Star Sailors League 2016 Finals in Nassau, Bahamas.

Mark Mendelblatt between races at Bacardi Miami Race Week 2017

Mark Mendelblatt & Magnus Liljedahl win Star Class at 2017 Bacardi

Doyle Star Sails

Bacardi Race Results

Do not hesitate to contact our One Design department to discuss Star sails at onedesign@doylesails.com. Tomas Hornos or Jud Smith would be happy to assist you. Don’t forget we have designed and tested a main version for the new Burton mast, as well.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta to Feature Doyle Powered Yachts

It’s our favorite time of the year as many of the world’s most spectacular superyachts converge in the Caribbean for two weeks of racing.  The first event will be the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta, with racing starting Saturday.  Highlighting the diversity of Doyle’s design, engineering and construction capabilities, the event will feature Doyle-powered contenders in all four divisions.

Leopart 3

In Division A, the Farr 100 Leopard 3 looks to continue building on her recent string of successes.  Last year, Leopard 3 wrapped up 2016 with class wins at both Maxi Worlds and le Voiles de Saint Tropez and then took line honors in RORC Transatlantic Race.  Just last month she was kitted out for Offshore racing mode, finishing second across the line in the Caribbean 600.

P2_LPSR

In Division B, perennial power P2 will begin the 2017 looking to repeat the success of 2016.  Last year, the 125′ Perini Navi/Briand collaboration won her class at both the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and St Barths Bucket, and then crossed the pond and won her class at the Palma Superyacht Cup – winning all three races of the series.  For the Loro Piana event, she will be joined by Doyle Sailmakers founder and CEO Robbie Doyle on tactics, with Doyle’s Jud Smith also onboard for trim.

Perseus^3 Doyle Sails

In Division C, the incomparable 200′ Perini Navi Perseus^3 is back after making her Caribbean racing debut last season.  Carrying the world’s two largest spinnakers at 27,850 square feet and 23,045 square feet and with her masthead soaring 246 feet above the water, Perseus^3 is a sight to behold when she’s on the race course and literally stands taller than any of her competitors.  With her veteran crew returning this year, Perseus^3 quickly becomes a favorite.

Ammonite Southern Wind Doyle Sails

Grande Orazio Doyle Sails Southern WindIn Division D, two Southern Wind 82’s will be carrying Doyle Sails – Ammonite and Grande Orazio.  This year is the first time both of these nimble, high performance yachts have competed in the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta, so it should be very exciting to watch their performance.

After three days of racing in Virgin Gorda, many of the same yachts will head over to St Barths, for the 22nd edition of the St Barths Bucket Regatta.  With 38 yachts competing, the Bucket is the largest superyacht regatta of the year, and again will feature numerous Doyle-powered yachts, ranging from the 100′ Leopard 3, one of the smallest yachts competing, to the iconic 288′ Maltese Falcon, the largest of this year’s entries.