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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.

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