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Doyle Sails Dominate the Beneteau Classes in the San Diego NOOD Regatta

Perfect conditions 10-15kts and warm and sunny weather provided a great weekend of sailing in San Diego for the annual NOOD Regatta.

Mark Stratton and his Crew on the Beneteau-40.7 Laguno won all 6 races in the 40.7 class to take the win. Laguno used a complete set of Doyle Stratis ICE sails for the event including a New ICE Mainsail and ICE LM #1. All of the sails were made by Doyle Chicago, with John Baxter onboard to celebrate his birthday on Sunday with the clean sweep.

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New Stratis ICE Mainsail aboard Laguno.

New Stratis ICE Genoa aboard Lauguno.

New Stratis ICE Genoa aboard Laguno.

Bill Purdy and his Whirlwind Team made the trip to San Diego from the east coast. Bill chartered a Beneteau 36.7 and brought his Doyle sails out for the event. Bill used a brand New Doyle Stratis #1 made by Mark Ploch in at Doyle City Island. Bill also won every race in the event in the 9 boat Beneteau 36.7 Division.

Congratulations to both teams who sailed a fantastic regatta.

KGB Wins Etchells Mid-Winters; Raging Rooster Clinches Overall Jaguar Cup Win.

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KGB Sailing at the 2014 Jaguar Cup

KGB Sailing at the 2014 Jaguar Cup

Congratulations to Senet Bischoff and his team of Benjamin Kinney and Clay Bischoff, for winning the 2014 Jaguar Mid-Winters, the fourth and final regatta of the 2014 Jaguar Series.  KGB had top six finishes in all but two of the seven races sailed over the three days in Biscayne Bay, Miami, FL. The most impressive part of this victory is the team was comprised of all Corinthian sailors competing against many of the top professional teams worldwide.

“In the past, Ben and I treated this as a social endeavor,” admitted Bischoff. “We always sailed with a bunch of friends, and had a great time, but we never had a consistent third crew. This year we added my brother Clay, a two time team race world champion and former college sailor of the year, and it’s been huge.”

“We are an all Corinthian (amateur) team so we don’t come in early to practice. We did buy a new set of Doyle sails from Jud Smith, and that has been a big help. Jud is very open and honest in helping us get better. We can send him a photo of our sails and he will respond immediately with tuning advice.”

The Fleet at the 2014 Etchells Mid-Winter Championships.  John Payne Photo.

The Fleet at the 2014 Etchells Mid-Winter Championships. John Payne Photo.

Raging Rooster Overall Win

2014 Jaguar Cup Champions Peter Duncan, Jud Smith and Tom Blackwell. Photo Credit: Larry Suter.

The Mid-Winters concluded the 2014 Jaguar Series and a second congratulations is in order for Peter Duncan and his team, Jud Smith and Tom Blackwell, for winning the 2014 Jaguar Cup after finishing 4th at the Mid-Winters this past weekend! Both teams utilized the new Doyle APG Main, NLM-5 Jib and VMG Spinnaker.

“The Jag”, as it has come to be known, is a four regatta series, spread out over four weekends between December and March, and brings together many of the best Etchells sailors in the world. Hosted by Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and Etchells Fleet 20, the series consistently draws fifty or more boats to the good weather and great competition on Biscayne Bay. Teams from USA, Canada, Bermuda, Great Britain, Ireland, Switzerland and Ukraine are preparing for the World Championships to be held in Newport, RI this June.

To learn more about Doyle’s Etchells’ Sails, please visit here.

To see full regatta results, please visit here.

To read the full regatta re-cap, please visit here.

Shockwave Wins Caribbean 600

Shockwave at Redonda.  Credit Tim Wright/photoaction.comGeorge Sakellaris’ R/P 72 Shockwave took the overall IRC win in this year’s Caribbean 600, correcting out to finish roughly 1 hour ahead of rival Bella Mente.  After 600 miles of racing, Bella Mente, Rambler 90 and Shockwave crossed the line within 15 minutes of each other, after close racing all along that saw numerous lead changes.  The win adds to Shockwave’s growing list of recent victories, highlighted by her Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division win in the 2012 Newport-Bermuda Race and first in the 2013 Montego Bay Race.  The overall IRC win was the highlight of a number of impressive finishes for Doyle-powered boats, with Line Honors for Bella Mente – carrying some specialty reaching sails from Doyle and featuring Doyle’s own Mike Sanderson as a helmsman, Botin 65 Caro, with a full Doyle Stratis inventory taking 5th overall in IRC, First 40 Lancelot II winning IRC Two with a new Doyle Stratis Mainsail, and the 62m Hoek Schooner Athos greatly improving on last years performance and battling it out with longtime superyacht rival Adela.

A grueling 600 mile race circling around many islands, with stiff breeze the whole time, the race places a premium on having a well prepared boat and crew.  In anticipation of this year’s race, Doyle refined the sail inventory to make sure that the team would have the right sails, without carrying too many.  Robbie Doyle, who in addition to managing the sail inventory served as Shockwave’s tactician for this race, explains the thought process, “We looked at the conditions that we were likely to see, and then when designing and building the sails worked to make sure that their ranges were as large as possible.  Thankfully our Stratis process allows us to make some of the lightest sails available, so we increased the DPI’s a bit to ensure we could carry the same sails longer.”

RORC Caribbean 600, 2014“With the amount that conditions change in this race, sail changes can just be too costly.  In the end, we used the J2 (Medium Jib) 95% of the time, and just twisted it off a bit in the bigger squalls.  We only carried 3 jibs, which helped save weight.”  Flying the same jib up the majority of the race allows the crew to stay aft and on the rail, keeping the boat moving.  The other big change was adding a new Fractional Code 0.  “After last year’s Montego Bay Race, we looked at our sail inventory and felt that the jump from the Jib Top to the Code 0 was too big.  We built a new FRO to fill that gap.  It was the workhorse of the race, as coupled with the Top Down Furler, we could leave it up, and just furl or unfurl as the conditions changed without any drama on the foredeck.”

Owner George Sakellaris was pleased with the results.  “I have a great crew and it was an excellent race, lots of wind and the racing was very close.  I have done many offshore races but this is the first time I have raced this one and it was against tough opposition. I think the winds were favorable to us and the Shockwave team used that to our advantage. At the end of the day, winning yacht races is all about the team performance more than anything else.

Robbie Doyle was similarly enthusiastic after the race. “That is what ocean racing should be all about.  Beautiful racing between three very tough competitors, all fighting it out the whole way.  A heavy-weight battle without a doubt – no question. I have had great moments in sail boats, but that was as much fun as I can remember. For 600 miles we were always in touch with each other, either up a few minutes or down a few minutes, and it all came down to the last beat to finish. It was like an epic tennis match.”

Next up for Team Shockwave will be defending her Newport-Bermuda Race victory in June.

Team Shockwave After Finishing

Team Shockwave After Finishing

Gallery: Doyle Sails in the 2014 Caribbean 600

Africa Wins J/70 Winter Series #1

Jud Smith, sailing with his wife Cindy, daughter Darby and Rick Myers, won the first event of the J/70  Winter Series, held January 11-12 at the Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida.  In the competitive 39 boat fleet, Smith finished in the top ten in all 5 races, and won two of three races on the first day.  Also using Doyle’s latest J/70 sails were Mike Dressel who finished fifth, and Mark Ploch in seventh.

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Jud Smith Leading into the Windward Mark

Saturday was the windier day of the two, with the breeze beginning at 12 knots and building to 20 by the end of the day. With the breeze out of the south, waves increased to 1-3 feet.  Smith was confident in his upwind boatspeed, pointing out that he was first to the first windward mark in all three races on Saturday, with some downwind boat handling issues holding him back in race 2.

The event was an excellent warm up for Key West Race Week, which starts later this month and will have over 60 boats on the line.
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Doyle One Design has been working on refining its J/70 sail designs for over a year now, and having done extensive modeling, testing and regattas, feels confident that its sails are the best on the race course –  and results like this only reinforce that belief.

Doyle’s Tuning Guide and Tuning Matrix have been updated, and can be found here.

 

Raging Rooster wins Piana Cup

JagRegattalogoCongratulations to Peter Duncan, and his crew Tom Blackwell and Jud Smith, for winning the 2013 Louis Piana cup, the first event of the 2014 Jaguar Cup.  Held in Miami, Florida December 7-8, the regatta featured five races with 64 of the world’s top Etchells sailors - no fewer than five previous Etchells world champions were amongst the sixty-four boats on the starting line.

Peter Duncan was using Doyle’s latest AP Mainsail, NLM Jib and the AP Radial Runner and the Bi-Radial Runner.  Also in the top ten, using Doyle Sails, were Ted Hardenbergh in 6th, Shannon Bush in 8th and Flip Wehrhem in 10th.

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Raging Rooster winning Race 2. Photo credit Larry Suter.

“The Jag”, as it has come to be known, is a four regatta series, spread out over four weekends between December and March, and brings together many of the best Etchells sailors in the world. Hosted by Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and Etchells Fleet 20, the series consistently draws forty or more boats to the good weather, great competition and even better camaraderie.

The first race on Saturday, with East-southeast winds of about six to eight knots, saw lots of shuffling between the favorites and the rest of the fleet. Eight of the eventual top twenty sailed their throwout.

Peter Duncan commented, “We pressed a little too hard on the start and were over early. From that point we did well just to get back to the front half of the fleet.”  In the second race, a few boats once again pushed the middle of the line, and were called over early, though all of the leaders started clean. By now the winds were a fairly consistent eight knots, still from the east-southeast. This race also saw a wire to wire winner with Peter Duncan taking his first of what would be three guns over the weekend. He was closely followed by Jim Cunningham. Tom Carruthers rounded out the top three, fresh off his recent win in San Diego.

Raging Rooster at 2013 Piana CupSunday brought a bit more wind to the bay with speeds above ten knots. Race four got under way at 1100, with a 1.6mile first beat at a 115 degree bearing. Peter Duncan was first to the weather mark, a lead he would not relinquish for the remainder of the race. Jim Cunningham, sailing with Jeff Madrigali, Mark Ivy and Bryn Bachman took their third straight second place finish, in what had now become a two boat regatta.

In the last race it all came down to Cunningham and Duncan. With a ten as a throwout, to win the Piana Cup, Cunningham simply needed to beat Duncan, or have Duncan finish lower than fifth. However, some technical issues undid Cunningham’s team. “We didn’t get a good start in the last race,” said Madrigali. “We probably should have started near him (Duncan), but we were a little out of whack. But all in all we sailed well. We never dropped boats, and always finished in the best position we were in in any given race. We’re happy.”

When asked about that fifth and deciding race, Peter Duncan said, “We noticed a bit of a right shift while practicing before the race. We decided to go that way, and it was still there. We pretty much stayed right all weekend, except for the last two legs on Sunday when the left paid better.”

Commenting Jud Smith, “We tried to stay in the top five all weekend. We screwed up the first race, but recovered in the next two. The right had good pressure all weekend except as it died at the end of the day, and then the left paid.”

To learn more about Doyle’s Etchells’ Sails, please visit here.

To see full regatta results, please visit here.

Alan McGlashan Joins Doyle Sails

AMcGlashanDoyle Sailmakers is excited to announce that Alan McGlashan has joined Doyle as a Sales Consultant out of its headquarters in Salem, MA. In his new position Alan will be responsible for the growth of sales in the racing and grand-prix markets.

“Alan is recognized for being an effective team player with excellent attention to detail.  More than ever, the customer remains our focus, and Alan’s unique ability to help our customers make the most out of their time sailing will be invaluable” said Doyle Sailmakers president Robbie Doyle.  “Alan has competed at the highest level internationally and brings extensive sail shape analysis, sailmaking experience and project management skills to the team at Doyle.”

A New Zealand native, Alan brings more than 25 years of marine industry experience to Doyle along with a vast depth of sailing and racing knowledge.  McGlashan first started sailing Optimists when he was five years old, and began his professional marine career on the floor of Brin Wilson boats in New Zealand as a boat builder.  Before joining Doyle, McGlashan worked at Ockam Instruments selling grand-prix and cruising instruments and Ronstan International as the Northeast Sales Rep with the primary responsibility for growing the Ronstan range of “Big Boat” hardware.  Additionally he brings a strong professional background that includes experience as a professional sailor as well as a project manager for various campaigns.

McGlashan is actively working with a number of IRC programs and several One Design classes including Farr 40, Melges 20 and Swan 42.

Alan McGlashan can be reached at amcglashan@doylesails.com or 978-740-5950.

Etchells Australian Nationals Report

Etchell_logoThe 2013 Etchells Australian Championships have wrapped up, with Doyle sails on five of the top ten boats in the 30-boat fleet.  Most impressively, the top three boats were all carrying Doyle sails.  The regatta was a very good indication of the speed potential of the new 270 MHL Light Air Jib, with many of the top finishers carrying the sail.

John Bertrand, sailing with Grant Simmer and Andrew Palfrey, won the regatta with an impressive 2-3-2-1-1-4-1 before sitting out the final race.  For this regatta, the team used Doyle’s 270 MHL and 280 NLM jibs, and downwind used primarily the new AP Radial spinnaker.

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David Clark (1380) and John Bertrand (1383) .  Tracey Johnstone Photo.

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Cameron Miles leading the fleet. Ray Smith Photo.

In second was Cameron Miles, who utilized the 280 DCM Jib and AP Main.  Third went to Doyle’s own Peter McNeil, who has long been involved in Doyle’s Etchells development.

David Clark(6th) was using Doyle One Design 270 MHL and 6.8 DCH jib combination, with the APSD main on a Sparcraft mast.  Mark Johnson (9th) was using the 280 DCM and 6.8 DCH jibs, combined with the AP Main on a Sparloft NZ mast. For spinnakers he used the AP Radial runner and VMG Cross Cut.

To learn more about Doyle’s Etchells Sails, please visit here.

View the full regatta write-up from John Crunow, Sail-World, here.

Full regatta results can be found here.