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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


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.



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


Dinghy Safety Report

Are you a dinghy sailor, a dinghy coach, have kids who sail dinghies?

This report could save a life:

“Tests of Sailor Retrieval, Capsize Recovery, and Entrapment”

by John Rousmaniere, September 18, 2012

In response to the 2011 death of Olivia Constants in a sailing accident in Annapolis, Maryland, members a group of volunteers organized a three-day on the water dinghy safety test in an effort to improve safety methods and equipment. The safety trials were conducted with 420s and powerboats at the State University of New York Maritime College, Ft. Schuyler, N.Y., and American Yacht Club, Rye, N.Y

Olivia was trapped underwater for several minutes after the Club 420 she was sailing capsized. The testing set out to investigate the causes of sailor entrapment, describing and evaluating each of the methods and equipment that were tested and offering recommendations for policies, rules, and further testing.

The tests were organized by Chuck Hawley (Santa Cruz, CA), Chair of US Sailing’s Safety-at-Sea Committee, and Timmy Larr (Oyster Bay, NY), member of US Sailing’s Training Committee National Faculty. John Rousmaniere (New York, NY), member of the Safety-at-Sea Committee and a safety seminar moderator, assisted and authored the report. Hawley, Larr, Rousmaniere and the 25 other volunteers participated as individuals and not in their official capacities.

Read the report and learn the hard data and preferences for these questions:
– What is the best way to rescue entrapped sailors?
– What is the minimum weight for bringing a 420 back from a turtle?
– How helpful is it to add buoyancy to the top of the mast?
– Which boat-righting methods work with different types of powerboats?
– How do we handle disabled or helpless sailors?

Read the report…

Doyle Anomaly Headboard Wins 2012 Pittman Innovation Award

Doyle Sailmakers is proud to introduce the Doyle Anomaly Headboard, winner of a 2012 Pittman Innovation Award by SAIL Magazine.

Each year SAIL honors the memory of Freeman K. Pittman, their Technical Editor of 14 years who succumbed to Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1996, with the Pittman Innovation Awards. The Pittman Innovation Awards recognize the most innovative and interesting new products on the market.

SAIL’s team of judges — senior editor Adam Cort, executive editor Charles J. Doane, technical editor Jay Paris, electronics editor Ralph Naranjo and editor-at-large David Schmidt — went through the fall boat shows looking for the latest and greatest in new gear.

The Doyle Anomaly Headboard allows a Square Top mainsail to be lowered and flaked with ease.

Sail Magazine | Doyle Anomaly Headboard
By Adam Court

Doyle Anomaly Headboard Winner of SAIL's 2012 Pittman Innovation Award

Square-headed mainsails are a fantastic way of adding power to a boat’s sailplan, concentrating sailcloth up high where the wind is. Most square-headed mains carry a horizontal gaff batten at the very top of the sail with a diagonal batten angling down from the top of the leech to support the extra sail area. When it comes time to lower the sail, however, these battens cause trouble, as they don’t flake nicely, requiring that the sail’s head and/or the gaff batten be removed from the sail track. Hoisting sail is also problematic and sometimes calls for harness-dangling heroics, especially aboard large boats. Doyle’s Anomaly headboard solves these dilemmas by affixing the head of the sail to a detachable composite “carriage,” which is attached via a 2:1 tackle to the top sail car on the mast track. When raising sail, halyard tension automatically pulls the carriage into the car where a toggle locks it in place. No more having to attach the head of the sail to the track manually. When it comes time to lower the sail, the carriage comes free again as the halyard tension comes off, allowing for easy flaking. From $1,950. Doyle Sailmakers Inc.

To learn more about the Anomaly Headboard and how Doyle Sailmakers can make it easier for you to enjoy your boat, visit

Eric Forsyth Completes Daunting Northwest Passage

Polar Bear floats alongside, Resolute Bay (R. Roberts photo)

Doyle Sailmakers congratulates Eric Forsyth for having just completed the daunting Northwest Passage on his Westerly 42, Fiona. This is truly a remarkable feat and makes Fiona one of the first pleasure craft to have completed the 7,000 mile journey connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Ice floes press Fiona in Resolute Bay

Ice receding has allowed the remote Northwest Passage to become navigable without the aid of an icebreaker in 2007.

Fiona aground at low tide, pushed onshore by ice at Resolute Bay (R. Roberts photo)

Ice and weather data via satellite is needed to avoid the ice, but even with favorable ice reports, getting trapped in the ice is still possible.

View from the deck of Fiona aground at Resolute

” We pushed on for nearly twelve hours before we had to admit we were stuck and we tied ourselves to an iceberg just before midnight, although the light from a watery sun illuminated the fog and the gloomy scene around us. I was awakened by a crash and the sudden tilting of my bunk. We all rushed on deck; a berg had collided with our own icy haven, it had rotated and the underwater mass had lifted Fiona’s bow clear of the surface. With the stern still in deep water I started the engine, put the transmission in reverse and we slid back into the sea as though we were on ways. We found another floe to attach ourselves to on the lee side using the dinghy anchor; one piece of equipment I had omitted to bring was a four-pronged grapnel. The fog started to lift and soon the shore of the Boothia Peninsula was visible just less than half a mile to the east. It looked rocky and very bleak. A check of our position on the GPS showed that we were moving north with ice-field. We were still in a clear pool of water but it was shrinking, by lunchtime clear water had virtually disappeared and we were surrounded by ice, some of which was obviously ‘old’ ice with thick pieces tilted up on edge. After lunch I checked our progress north in the field, we were heading back towards the Tasmanias at about 7 nautical miles a day. The chart showed a promontory and bay on the coast just before the islands, I was concerned the ice may push us into them. I decided to call the Canadian coast Guard to advise them of our position and see if there was an ice breaker in the vicinity. I told them we were not in immediate danger and they advised getting the inflatable ready so that we could reach the shore of the Boothia Peninsula if Fiona was crushed and sank.”

Eric logged 8,873 nautical miles in 124 days since departing Long Island on June 15. Eric and his crew averaged 112 miles per sailing day, including those in which they were trapped in ice. Eric, at 77, is now on his way back and plans on completing his circumnavigation of North America in May of 2010.

Eric’s sailing adventures began with his wife Edith as crew on a 1964 trans-Atlantic passage. They later cruised the Caribbean in a 35-foot sloop, Iona, and they later did extensive cruising in Fiona. Following his wife’s death in 1991, Eric continued sailing, going around Cape Horn and cruising to Newfoundland and Labrador. Eric was awarded the Blue Water Medal of the Cruising Club of America in January, 2001. The citation reads: “The Blue Water Medal for 2000 is awarded to Eric B. Forsyth for a remarkable voyage in his 42 ft sloop to Antarctica from his home port at Patchogue, Long Island via the Panama Canal; Galapagos; Easter Island, Puerto Montt, Chile, and after Port Lockroy on the Antarctic Peninsular to South Georgia Island; Tristan da Cunha; South Africa, and returning home by way of St. Helena, Barbados, St. Martin and Bermuda. This was a 21,784 mile voyage, completed in ten months with a crew that varied between one and two young men. Furthermore, Forsyth wrote copious descriptions of his entire cruise including a special guide to the Patagonian passages, including mileage of each segment, fuel consumption, and all the features of the land and nature encountered.”

In November 2007, Eric was awarded the Seven Seas Award by the Seven Seas Cruising Association. The citation reads, “Signifying the highest international recognition of a cruising sailor whose experience on the sea demonstrates a deep commitment to good seamanship, and an understanding of his ship and the environment.”


Cruising Club of America Presents 2008 Blue Water Medal to Scott Piper

Cruising Club of America Press Release New York, N.Y., USA (January 13, 2009) – The Cruising Club of America has selected William (Scott) Piper III, M.D. to receive its prestigious 2008 Blue Water Medal for 12 years of adventurous cruising and voyaging in two boats, Pipe Dream VI, a J/40, and Pipe Dream IX, a 52’ J/160, aboard which he has logged over 132,000 miles, for a total of 180,000 miles. The medal was presented at the club’s annual Awards Dinner in New York on January 13, 2009 by CCA Commodore Ross Sherbrooke, of Boston, Mass.

Now 69, Scott Piper retired a few years ago as an orthopedic surgeon. He graduated from Dartmouth, and later took his residency in New York City, where he served in the Far East during the Vietnam War, and until not long ago practiced in southern Florida. His wife Gillette, is a practicing psychologist. In remote areas, word of a doctor’s arrival travels fast and on numerous instances Scott has performed emergency procedures. On one such occasion a few years ago, a young man was swept over a large waterfall, smashing numerous bones and almost drowning. Scott trucked him to a hospital, took over the emergency room, and performed successful surgery.

Scott Piper has crossed the Atlantic eight times and the Indian and Pacific Oceans four times each. His routes have varied substantially, including high latitude crossings of the North Pacific and Southern Oceans. His voyages have included roundings of three of the world’s great capes, Cape Horn, the Cape of Good Hope, and Cape Leeuwin on the southwest tip of Australia. While he usually sails with friends, some of his voyages have been done solo.

He has been awarded 14 Parkinson Trophies (including one for his recent Pacific crossing) for transoceanic voyaging, and it appears he is due for two more that he has never applied for. In his cruising he has accumulated 126 foreign courtesy flags. He has also raced his boats in offshore races including the Transpac, the Newport Bermuda Race (doublehanded), and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

About the Cruising Club of America
The Cruising Club of America is dedicated to offshore cruising, voyaging and the “adventurous use of the sea” through efforts to improve seamanship, the design of seaworthy yachts, safe yachting procedures and environmental awareness. Now in its 88th year, the club has 10 stations throughout the U.S., Canada and Bermuda, with approximately 1200 members who are qualified by their experience in offshore passage making. In even-numbered years, the CCA organizes the Newport to Bermuda Race in conjunction with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. It also sponsors several Safety at Sea seminars and hosts a series of “Suddenly Alone” seminars for the cruising couple.
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