Mari Cha III has completed 5000 miles in just over a month of cruising with her new Doyle Stratis ICE sails, and her Captain Christian Lay has given us his take on how the new additions are performing under pressure.
The yacht was fitted with a full wardrobe of high performance ICE sails, created at Doyle Sails New Zealand’s Auckland loft, and the 44-metre yacht has been putting her new sail inventory through its paces. With the light, durable sails, Mari Cha III has found no loss of stability in arduous elements, delivering better performance and longevity.
“One of the big things we have noticed is how much easier the sails are to use than our previous ones. They set really easily and hold their shape so well,” says Lay.
“All the little details that we customised for this boat have made sail handling and manoeuvres, such as reefing, so much easier. The boat is very clearly faster. The service leading up to, getting hold of and then commissioning the sails cannot be faulted.”
Doyle Sails New Zealand’s Matt Bridge says the company enjoyed the process of producing the high-performance sails for the yacht.
“This was the first set of Doyle sails for Mari Cha III and working on such a well-known yacht was a really satisfying experience for us,” says Bridge, superyacht sails coordinator, Doyle Sails New Zealand.
“There was also a nice synergy for us, given that Doyle Sails New Zealand’s own Mike ‘Moose’ Sanderson, sailed onboard Mari Cha III during her record-breaking TransAtlantic crossing in 1998,” says Bridge.
ICE is a new generation UHMWP sail fibre first applied to the marine industry by the Doyle Stratis team, and tests have shown an exceptionally high resistance to flex fatigue, with ICE retaining its initial shape longer than other sail membranes.
“Dealing with the mizzen staysails and big code sails is now really easy and we can get rid of the 900 square meter Code 0, in about 10 seconds, which allows us to sail the boat harder and more aggressively with a smaller crew,” says Lay.
“We have already done 5000 miles with them in a little over a month and had every configuration possible in winds up to 40 knots. There have been no issues with stretch, chafe or wear. We have pushed them downhill with boat speeds into the mid 20 knot region and then done big round ups in big breeze to get them down. The new batten system hasn’t broken one yet which is a big improvement for us.”
“In short I think it’s fair to say that we are pretty bloody happy with them and I am now thinking about which other sails we need to buy for the upcoming adventures. Oh – and for the first time – we have some decent sail bags that are strong enough, big enough, which have enough hand holds and look cool with the names on,” ends Lay.
To learn more about the unique Stratis ICE fiber, please visit here.
Marblehead Race Week, now sailed as the Marblehead NOOD Regatta, got underway last week for the 126th running of the regatta with 140 boats competing in 9 different One Design Classes. As is the case in many years, Doyle-powered boats won the majority of the classes at the Marblehead NOOD Regatta, one of the northeast’s premier annual One-Design Regattas. Among other highlights, Doyle customers swept the podium in the Rhodes 19, Town Class, and IOD classes, as well as winning the J/70, J/105 at Etchells classes.
In the Rhodes 19 class, the fleet saw one of the most competitive finishes in recent history, with 7 lead changes over the 4 day event and a mere 8 points separated first through sixth. In the end, Jamie Holley, sailing Mankini with his wife Janice for the first three days and then his son Cameron for the final day, took home the win in a tie-breaker. When asked what his favorite part of race week was, Jamie answered, “My family. My wife crewed the first few days, and then my son did the last.” Team Mankini was named the overall winner of Race Week for their performance.
Holley and his crew beat out second place co-skippers Ken Cormier and Steve Dalton in an overall points tie because Holley ended with two race wins compared to Cormier’s one – both of which he scored in the final two races. “It was a very tough week of sailing,” said Holley. “We were only one of two fleets that had to sail all four days. We were 12 points down coming into the last day of sailing, and we pulled through.” He added, “There was everything from light air and flat water, to heavy air and high seas. I want to say it takes consistency to win, but we weren’t very consistent. There were at times five boats wide round the mark, and sometimes other factors made it a very complicated regatta.” Interestingly, in the 33-boat fleet, Holley was the only one to win more than one race, with 10 others each winning one race. Holley was using Doyle’s well proven race sails that have been extensively developed in recent years.
In the 23-boat J/70 fleet, Jud Smith and AFRICA put on a dominating performance, much of which Smith attributes to just plain better boat speed, coupled with some strong tactical calls from his wife Cindy. The regatta also doubled as the J/70 New England Championship, and featured some strong competition from as far away as Texas. Winning 5 of the 10 races, Smith felt good in the range of conditions he saw through the three days of racing. “We felt like our upwind boat speed and pointing ability was phenomenal. We’ve fine tuned the jib design a bit in the last few months to allow us to inhaul better which helps with out height off the line. We were sailing a bit heavy this regatta, so making sure we made our gains upwind was essential to making the whole race work” commented Smith reflecting on the week. At the end of the regatta, he received the Norman E. Cressy Trophy, which is awarded by the Marblehead Racing Association to the skipper who best displays the outstanding performance at Marblehead Race Week as it relates to fleet competitiveness, sportsmanship and overall smart sailing. In addition to Smith, three of the top four Corinthian Teams were using Doyle Sails.
In the J/105 Class, it was Fred deNapoli on Allegro Semplicita who came away with the win after several lead changes. Despite his success in other regattas with his boat, deNapoli had to be pleased with his performance this year, as he previously looked back on his 12 years in the class, remarking “In 2003, I borrowed a J/105 and came in second by a point or two. Last year I again came in second by a point or so. We’ve always been the bridesmaid, and never the bride.” deNapoli was using Doyle’s latest Stratis jib design, along with a AP Crosscut Main and Airx 700 Class Spinnaker.
In the Town Class, sailing with one of the largest fleets in recent memory. Berit Solstad came away with a commanding victory over local rival Kelley Braun. After years of dominance in the Town Class, Doyle successful introduced a new mainsail design, which was utilized by Solstad in the victory.
The Etchells fleet, a longtime favorite in Marblehead, was also successful for Doyle One Design’s own Tomas Hornos, who came away with the win after winning half of the 8 races. Hornos is a relative newcomer in the Etchells fleet, but has put together a string of impressive performances in the last year.
The Marblehead IOD fleet has always been one of the most photogenic fleets around, with classic boats and matching fleet sails, which make for close racing. This year it was Charlie Richter racing Javelin who came out on top. Doyle has been proud to supply sails to the IOD fleet in Marblehead, among other venues, and has consistently produced top level sails that perform well over the many years that the sails rotate through.
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Pictures courtesy Bruce Durkee
Since its debut in 2007, the Swan 42 National Championship has provided close racing in hotly competitive One-Design fleet, with a class that provides a good mix of high-performance boats with strict professional limitations. As a result, the National Championship has become a highlight of the summer calendar in Newport, and this year featured a mix of teams that were trying to qualify to represent the New York Yacht Club at this fall’s Invitational Cup, as well as international teams that were using the event to prepare for the Invitational Cup – making for a very competitive field. This year, it was Charles Kenahan’s Mahalo that walked away with the championship, finishing first or second in six of nine races. In 2014, Doyle Sailmakers began working with Mahalo to develop a new Stratis ICE upwind inventory for the Swan 42 Class. Third place went to John Greenland of the Royal Thames Yacht Club sailing Better Than, who were also using Doyle Sails with Doyle’s own Alan McGlashan aboard trimming headsails.
Because of the desire to keep the class Corinthian in many regards, the class has strict sail limitations that put an emphasis on sails that not only perform well initially but hold their shape overtime. The Stratis ICE sails have proved their worth at this point, having helped Mahalo to impressive performances on both sides of the Atlantic over the last year, including a 5th place at the Rolex Swan Cup last fall.
Kenehan is a relative newcomer to the class, having bought Mahalo in 2012. And he’s had to fight his way up the ladder in a class full of some of the country’s best sailors. “We had not had our core crew together since the Rolex Swan Cup last September in the Med,” said Kenahan. “We were all very excited to be back together. I spent plenty of time in the back end of the fleet and you look forward and see these boats that are just set up so well, just ‘locked in’, and they tend to carry it for most, if not all, of a regatta. We were just lucky enough that this was our first time ‘locked in’. We’re very pleased about that and we hope we can do it again. It’s camaraderie, pursuit of excellent and it’s a lot of hard work.”
Doyle began the development process last spring utilizing the same sail design process that has proven successful for some of the most competitive Mini-Maxis and One Design classes, while also looking to utilize materials that would ensure the longevity needed to keep the boats up to speed for years to come. Combining cutting edge CFD and FEA modeling with extensive on the water validation, Doyle has successfully made in impact an a short amount of time. “We’re ecstatic with the results we’ve had so quickly and appreciate all that Charles and his team on Mahalo have done to help with that. Watching Mahalo improve over the last year is a testament to how hard the team has worked. Results like this are also always a good validation of our sail design and manufacturing technology” commented Robbie Doyle, who has been on the forefront of Doyle’s recent efforts. “It’s not easy to get into an established class like the Swan 42, but with the resources Doyle has at its disposal we can quickly develop a winning sail program.”
Shuan Frolich of team Exabyte win the 2015 British Nationals and Open Championship in the Etchells at the Royal London Yacht Club. Exabyte just purchased Doyle’s AP Main and DCM jib.
“Going into the last race, race six, only Willy McNeil’s Hancock could threaten Frohlich’s regatta. Exabyte needed a sixth or better to take the championship if McNeil won the race, but with the wind that had built to 20kts, Frohlich after a clean start, sailed fast for the port lay line and the stronger westbound tide on the first beat putting him up with the front of the pack, and while Jeremy Thorp won the race, second place was enough to give Shaun Frohlich sailing with Duncan Truswell and David Bedford a very deserved overall victory of the event.” -Rob Goddard, Sail World
After Doyle One Design’s Tomas Hornos and his crew, Josh Revkin, warmed up with a win at the Arms White regatta the weekend prior, they won their second consecutive year at the District 1 Championships over the weekend of June 26-28.
The scores were very tight after a first light air day of racing, but once the breeze picked up over the weekend, Tomas and Josh crushed the competition with three bullets.
A high five between the skipper and his trimmer’s son on bow captured on camera says it all for the winners of the Rhodes-19 East Coast Champs. Charlie Pendleton, Jim Raisides, and Jack Raisides on team Bight Me take top honors at this Manchester, MA event, powered by Doyle Sails. Pendleton mentioned that young Jack was, “put to work on foredeck and could be seen flying the spinnaker in the last race.”
Jim Raisides was kind enough to give us an overview of the event, even giving a shout out to their humble sailmakers. (Thanks!) The results do speak for themselves with Doyle Sails placing 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 in the event.
“There was a lot of anticipation for this year’s East Coast Championships mostly because of the venue at the Manchester Yacht Club. It had been 25 years since Manchester had last hosted a Rhodes 19 event, surprising considering the huge Rhodes fleet in the harbor.
Twenty three boats raced the three day event with competitors coming from as far away as Chicago. The competition was tough with three former National Championship winners and multiple East Coast Champions in the fleet.
All three days produced similar conditions, flat seas in light 5-10 knot breezes that began as a northerly and clocked right to an easterly. Not as easy as it sounds, as the breeze was extremely shifty and included a lot of left oscillations that paid dividends up the course even though the predominate shift was right.
These conditions made it difficult for the race committee, but MYC and PRO Conway Felton ran a fantastic regatta with each race a fair test of sailing skill. With the 23 boats over 8 races, there was only 2 general recalls, one “I” flag and no protests.
Charlie Pendleton, Jim Raisides and son Jack Raisides took this year’s top honors with 15 points posting 5 firsts including 3 on the first day. Dru Slattery and crew Linda Epstein were consistently quick across the regatta placing second with 31, followed in third by Jamie Holley sailing with his wife Janice and son Cameron. Doyle sails were on 9 of the top 10 boats!”
We’re realizing again and again, the Rhodes 19 is a fun fleet, with Pendleton mentioning in the class newsletter, “Shannon Lane and Charlie Thomas put on a great show, end to end. When was the last time we had a live band at a Rhodes event!?”
Doyle Sailmakers SWEEPS the 2015 Australasian Winter Championship, hosted by Mooloolaba Yacht Chub earlier in June, with customers taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd*, 7th, 8th, and 10th in a 42 boat fleet. See Results here.
A great article is written on the Australian Etchells page. The winners on Yandee XX, Jeanne-Claude Strong, with team of Neville Wittey, Marcus Burke, and Tiana Wittey, winning their first major event, but also assuming the role of the first female to win a major Etchells event in Australia.
Cameron Miles of The Hole Way took second with his crew, James Mayo and Grant Cowle, tightly two points behind Yandee XX, despite some admitted erroneous tactical decisions. They were tied for first with Yandee XX after the first day and leading after the second day of racing.
Mark Thornburrow, using Doyle upwind sails on Racer X, with team Malcolm Paige, Simon Cooke, and Michael Huang, placed third with two bullets and a total of five top ten finishes in the 7 race regatta.
Also a shout out to other Doyle customers placing top ten at this event. David Clarke and his team on Fifteen+ take seventh, pictured below. Peter McNeill and his team on Iris III take eighth, and Chris Hampton and his team on Tango take tenth. This is a great showing for Doyle Sailmakers repeatedly proving our product with great results.