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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.
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.
Mike Garl’s Beneteau 40.7 White Dove powered by Doyle Sails ended the 2008 West Coast season with a bang by winning St. Francis Yacht Club’s Rolex Big Boat Series! A long list of victories in 2008 set White Dove apart from the competition as THE boat to beat.
“Doyle Sailmakers did a great job providing fast sails, and played a larger part in organizing crew and managing the program” according to Jon Stewart, Tactician. White Dove’s crew included Nathan Ballard, and Doyle San Francisco’s Rusty Canada.
White Dove dominated the 2008 season winning the competitive SF-IRC season, Aldo Alessio Regatta, the West Coast IRC Championship, and a Rolex for their class win in the Big Boat Series. “It has always been my goal to win a Rolex, and Doyle San Francisco played a large part in achieving that goal. Doyle has provided me with fast sails, great advice in optimizing my boat for IRC, and unsurpassed service. I look forward to working with Doyle Sailmakers in the future,” said Mike Garl, Owner.
If you are looking for a Sailmaker to help you achieve your goals in racing, Doyle Sailmakers is the place to go!
Congratulations to Robert and Dr. Cornelia Zerban for being named the overall winners of the 2008 Chicago NOOD. There were 267 boats in 15 fleets that competed at the regatta in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Zerbans in Zeitgeist was the boat to beat in the J/109 class, finishing with only 18 points.
“It’s such an amazing feeling and an honor to be named the winners of this regatta,” said Robert Zerban. “We had a such a great time in Chicago and we couldn’t have accomplished what we did without the help of our excellent crew.”
As the overall winner, the Zerbans have the opportunity to compete in the 2008 NOOD Regatta Championships in the British Virgin Islands in November aboard Sunsail 39s against the overall winners from each of the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD regattas.
During the Regatta, the Zerbans used a full inventory of Doyle Stratis up-wind sails including a new mainsail and new AP Class Jib addition to their three year old Doyle Spinnakers, which are still lightening fast.
In 3rd place was Len Segil’s Lucky Dubbie who has also made the switch to Doyle for the 2008 Season.
In the Beneteau 36.7 class, tied for second was Program and Split Decision, with Program winning the tiebreaker. Well over half of the 18 boat class were powered by Doyle sails.
In the Beneteau 40.7 fleet, Dave Hardy and Team Turning Point won the class using Doyle Stratis headsails and Doyle spinnakers. Congratulations to Team Turning Point on a well deserved victory.
Phil Dowd’s Inferno finished 3rd in the Farr 40 Class with Doyle’s Richard Bouzaid on board. Inferno had a new Stratis Carbon Main, Code 1, and Code 2.
In the GL-70 Class: Lance Smotherman’s Details placed 3rd with Doyle’s Karl Kuspa on board. Details used new Doyle Stratis sails.
Alan McMillan, third time 40.7 North America Champion, reflects on the 2006 40.7 North Americans
This years’ Verve was especially satisfying in that it’s the first time there were five McMillan’s racing on the same boat together. As a kid, growing up in Florida, in a big extended family, there were numerous Pensacola Yacht Club races where as many as six McMillan’s were on the same race course at the same time, but never on the same boat together. So this year was very special! My brother Neil is an outstanding driver, and my nephews, Neil Jr., Andrew and Stuart are natural racers. With my terrific Chicago crew in place, I felt we were as prepared as we could be.
As for strategy, we looked back at the NOOD, where we finished third after leading the regatta on the first day. We had six good races and ended with two terrible ones! I felt the boat was very well prepared, our base Chicago and family crew ready, we just needed to sail clean, consistent races. All of us in the Beneteau 40.7 fleet should know by now that the majority of our fleet can win any regatta. The difference between the top and bottom of our fleet is very small and getting smaller every year. I felt strongly that consistency would be the key, finish in the top three to five boats across the board and come Sunday afternoon, and you would probably be at or very near the top!
Saturday’s third and fourth place finishes had us in a tie for third overall, with only two points separating the first five boats. The distance race on Saturday was a real crap shoot when, after the third mark, the wind died. Throughout the race we were never worst than third and several times we were in first, once with what seemed an insurmountable lead. Then we sailed into a huge hole and watched as Collaboration and CanCan both sailed right past. Boy were we glad to see the RC shorten the 40.7 course and finish third. Though we had lost two points to Bob Vickery, we were now in a tie with Clem Boltz and the CanCan crew for second.
In Sunday’s first race, which we won, I’d like to claim that it was all skill and strategy, but I’d be lying. We rounded the second windward mark and initially wanted to go left like several in the fleet did, but instead, we got pinned by the J 105’s below us, could not jibe and got pushed out to the right. As it turned out, they pushed us into the favored shift and when we jibed for the finish line we found ourselves in the lead. As my Dad often said, “…sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good!”
Our quick calculation showed us to be in first overall, with a one point lead over Collaboration. Bob and his crew are terrific and I felt our only option was to try and get the lead at the start and then cover him. We were lucky, Collaboration got pinned at the start and we covered them throughout the first leg. They had more problems at the windward mark and then we felt we were safe to race the rest of the fleet. Das Boot ran away with the race win, but our second place secured our third North American Championship.
To be a national champion in your fleet is a lifetime dream for most sailors and it certainly is for me. To be in a fleet, with competitors who are friends as well as terrific sailors means even more.
Alan McMillan, Finesse