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Archive for September, 2017

Relative Obscurity Wins J/70 World Championship

Relative Obscurity 2017 J/70 Worlds

The 2017 J/70 World Championship was one the largest and most competitive One Design regattas of the year, with 161 boats racing haling from 24 different countries.  With many of the top sailors in the world competing, the racing was incredibly close throughout the regatta hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.  After the racing had concluded, it was American Peter Duncan, sailing with Doyle’s own Jud Smith, Victor Diaz de Leon and Willem van Waay, that came away with the victory. Over the course of six races, the team never placed worst than third and won three races, finishing with a 15 point margin over runner-up Brian Keane (USA).

Relative Obscurity 2017 Worlds_2“Awesome! Top of the world!” exclaimed Peter Duncan dockside at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. “It is a great feeling, I have sailed with some great guys, we had a great event, and everything seemed to go our way, it was just one of those weeks. It is hard to put into words how I feel like now, but this was just exceptional. This fleet has some really great talent, and the organizers, and the yacht club have done such an amazing job. Most of all I want to credit the crew, Victor, Jud, Willem, have been just fantastic.”

With numerous General Recalls, Black Flag in play, and a full on foam up. The Audi J/70 World Championship had a thrilling climax to remember for years to come. With sparkling sunshine, a significant sea state, and a warm westerly breeze, piping up to a ballistic 30 knots, the world’s largest championship sportsboat fleet enjoyed a fantastic finale.

Relative Obscurity 2017 Worlds_5The team on Relative Obscurity has sailed together for most of 2017, and worked hard in preparation earlier this year.  In 2017, the team has won the J/70 Italian Nationals, Newport Regatta, and Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, in addition to taking third at the J/70 European Championships.  Jud Smith, head of Doyle One Design, has been intimately involved with the team, and for the World’s the team was using Doyle latest J/70 Class Sails: M2 Cross Cut Main, J6R Bi-Radial Jib and AP Class Spinnaker.

To learn more about Doyle’s J/70 Sails, please visit here.

For Complete Regatta Results, please visit here.

 

Introducing Delta By Doyle

Doyle Sails Launches New Product
See the difference with DELTA by DOYLE – a sail construction for the club racer and performance coastal cruiser under 15 metres

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Doyle Sails is thrilled to introduce the latest addition to their performance cruising and racing range, DELTA.

Delta’s high-quality fibre options and layouts offer a modern alternative to the traditional paneled sail construction. Utilizing the same plant and technology as their premier product Stratis, Delta customers will reap all the benefits of proven manufacturing processes.

Delta_DesignSpecifically developed for the local club racer and coastal cruiser under 15 metres (50 ft)  – Doyle can customise each sail based on size of yacht and purpose of use. Creating a 3-dimensional model (as pictured below), helps to consider all of the accurate parameters of the boat, and is essential to the sail flying as intended.

The fibres used in Delta laminates will include Black Technora and Carbon as the primary load bearing yarns. Technora fibres are extremely durable and resistant to flex fatigue, whereas Carbon fibre’s have the ability to resist stretch and maintain great shape retention over the life of the sail. With the option for white taffeta or clear UV films, both surfaces will have technora x-ply to counter act off axis loads.

 

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As a brand and organisation that prides itself on the ability to provide the best in quality and technology, Doyle also believes in the importance of customer satisfaction. Delta was created to provide a wider range of sail options for our customers. With the understanding that not all boats and budgets are created equally Doyle strives to give our fellow sailors choices to best suit their needs. 100% owned and operated by sailors for sailors.

To find out more about this special product please contact your local loft or simply visit www.doylesails.com/delta

 

Doyle Introduces Cable-less Code Zero’s

Invisible Hand Cableless SailOn the heels of delivering many of the world’s largest sails out of their revolutionary Stratis membrane technology, including the highly-loaded mainsails on Sailing Yacht A, Doyle has introduced another groundbreaking product to bring higher strength and lower weight to the racing market.   The Doyle team have launched a product known as the Cable-less Code Zero sail in which an uninterrupted lens of uni-directional fibers designed in the luff of the sail takes the load from the tack all the way to the head. This advancement will give the ability to ease the tack up effortlessly and get more luff projection for deeper angles, giving the sails constructed with this method more range, lighter weight and less total cost.  Part of this stems from eliminating the often heavy and expensive torsion ropes that have become prerequisites to successful deployment of standard Code Zero’s.

doyle-zero-243x300The secret behind the concept is that the load is taken along the sails natural load path instead of requiring the many tons of cable tension to try and keep the luff tight. In the Cable-less Code Zero the luff is pushed to windward creating a far straighter luff for a fraction of the load; this also helps accommodate a portion of the rule required mid-girth and allowing the luff to be eased and flown for deeper angles.  When it comes time to furl the sail away the bands of unidirectional Carbon running down the luff allows for a quick and easy ‘bottom up’ furl.

This is a product that has been under development since 2016, and has been tested at the highest level of the sport in the last year. The results of the yachts racing this this Cable-less technology have been impressive, including;

  • Momo, Maxi 72 – winner 2017 Maxi World Championship
  • Bella Mente, Maxi 72 – winner 2017 Carribean 600
  • Proteus, Maxi 72 – winner 2017 Corfu Challenge Cup
  • Invisible Hand, Pac 52 – winner 2017 Transpac Race
Momo Competin at 2017 Maxi 72 Worlds with Cable-less Code 0

Momo Competing at 2017 Maxi 72 Worlds with Cable-less Code Zero

Given Doyle’s past experience in engineering sails that are able to save weight and handle enormous loads, the Cable-less Code Zero is a perfect extension of their resources to deliver an easy to handle, light weight product that has application for both grand-prix racing programs and cruisers alike where a versatile sail with a wide range will enable more time spent sailing.  The combination of Doyle’s extensive design and engineering team with the unique ability in the Stratis production process to run long, uninterrupted Carbon fibers has ushered in the latest groundbreaking improvement to offwind sailing.

Ker 56 Varuna Competing in the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race

Ker 56 Varuna Competing in the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race