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.”
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.”
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.
Feel free to contact our head of One Design:
Jud Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org