Posts Tagged ‘6-Metre’

NADA Wins Spirit of Tradition Class A, 2006 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta

When the venerable Six Metre NADA beat 20 other classic yachts in the Small Boat Class and won Class A in the Spirit of Tradition division in the 2006 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta she turned a lot of heads.

Launched in 1930 and beautifully restored this spring by Woodstock Boatbuilders, the bright-finished NADA flew a full complement of Doyle sails on the way to her classic performance. Given a new lease on life, she continues her journey as a fusion between old and new. She has the design genius of a previous millennium in addition to the best of today’s construction techniques and a rig and sail wardrobe that represents the thinking of tomorrow’s designers.

View the NADA photo gallery.

Nada Restoration Brochure

Click here, for 2006 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta results.

Read more about NADA in Yachting World

Doyle Austria Celebrates 40 Years

By Florian, Hubert and Robert Raudaschl, Doyle Austria

First, a look back


After competing in two Olympic Games, 1960 in Rome and 1964 in Tokyo, Hubert Raudaschl founded Raudaschl Sails in 1965 and began making Finn sails. He was the Finn dinghy World Champion in 1964 and won the European Championships in 1966, and Raudaschl Finn sails began leading the class worldwide. After four years the loft grew to 21 employees and produced sails for the Flying Dutchman, Star, Contender and other one-design classes, and Hubert won a 1968 Olympic silver medal in the Finn. Affiliates of the loft were opened in Hyeres, Toronto, Kiel, Sao Paolo and other countries. In 1978 Raudaschl sails won the Mini-Ton world championships, as well as being recognized as the best windsurfing sails in tests by European magazines. In 1980 Hubert won his second Olympic silver medal in Tallinn, USSR in the Star class.

Throughout the 1980s Raudaschl became well-known for fast yacht sails in racing on the Adriatic; in 1992 a laser-plotter and a 17-meter-long vacuum table were utilized to guarantee precision cutting of sail panels. 1996 Hubert Raudaschl took part at his tenth Olympic Games in Atlanta/USA, an all-time record, adding to his 19 medals (gold, silver and bronze) won over the years at World and European championships.

In 1997 Raudaschl Sails joined the Doyle group, servicing customers in the Austrian and middle Europe markets, with 16 employees producing one-design sails and yacht sails. In 2003 Florian Raudaschl, also a Finn sailor and campaigning for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing/China, took over the company and is managing the loft with his father. Starting at age 14, Florian has worked as a sailmaker, and gained international experience at Doyle Australia, Doyle New Zealand, and Doyle Marblehead.

New Doyle Raudaschl Website

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Doyle Stratis

Our first orders for Doyle Stratis load-path membrane sails have come in and we are very happy with the quality and the delivery time. The first suits of Doyle Stratis sails go to a 5.5 Metre, a 6-Metre, along with a main for a 37-foot cruiser/racer. We look forward to offering Stratis taffetas for the racer/cruisers on the Adriatic Sea.

One Design News


As the season begins we are building a lot of sails for the Folkboat, Finn, Star, Shark 24, and more; we delivered 37 sails for the German Folkboat market alone. And with the Yngling Worlds coming to our local lake we hope to sell plenty of Yngling sails. We bought a Beneteau 25 to race handicap regattas on our lakes as well as some class regattas, all with our loft crew. At regattas we will have a VW Transporter towing the boat, a sewing machine, and a range of hardware and fittings to provide optimum customer service.

Florian refreshed his designs for the Finn sails this past winter and has made good speed gains in light and moderate conditions. Very good results in the early events — 4th in Split and 2nd in Cannes — confirm the new sail designs. Next events will be Hyeres and Spa regatta. In the Star class, with the District Champion 2004 and the winner of the Austrian Championship 2004 we start the season with some new clients now using our sails.


We recently delivered a main and genoa for a Swan 82; the sails, constructed by the Doyle Fraser loft, are D4 with Vectran/Carbon/tafetta, 5/1 battens, and two reefs. This customer is the same Austrian client for whom we’ve made sails for his previous Swan 68 and his current Libera racer BTV, a 16-man trapeze yacht for racing on Lake Constanz and Lake Garda. Last year BTV beat 300 boats to win the Round Lake Constanz event, a long-distance race that is one of the most prestigious races in middle Europe, becoming the first-ever Austrian winner. Congratulations!

–Florian, Hubert and Robert Raudaschl