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It’s no surprise to us that Alex Thomson is managing to stay on the tail of the leading three boats in the 2012 Vendee Globe despite sailing a boat that’s been around for half a decade; after all, at least one of our prognosticators picked him to win the thing outright. Is he just that fast, or does he have another secret?
We grabbed Doyle Sails New Zealand boss Chris McMaster just before the start of the race to explain why Alex is the only sailor in the fleet not sailing with North or Incidences sails. Chris has plenty to say about their development program, and it’s a good look at one of the one of the most important decisions a round-the-world racer makes.
“Project 392 is a highly optimized performance design, which makes Stratis sails the perfect fit for this project,” said Mike Sanderson, Director of Sales for Doyle Sailmakers New Zealand, sole suppliers of Stratis laminates to the Doyle Group of Sailmakers. “The Stratis range was designed specifically with performance cruising and racing superyachts in mind and is ideally suited to this innovative ketch.”
For 392, Stratis will continue in their established superyacht aero programme with Southern Spars, having previously collaborated on projects including the newly launched 50m-performance sloop Ohana and the 58.4m-sloop Kokomo III amongst others.
“Not only are we proud to be working on such an exciting project, but it is a pleasure to be working directly with Royal Huisman for the first time, and to collaborate with the Hoek Design office once again,” said Sanderson. “It is also great to have the opportunity to work with Allan Prior of LLC Yacht Management and Jeremy Pochman.”
About Doyle Stratis
Doyle Stratis was developed in 2001-2002 when Doyle Sails realized that it was time for a new generation of sails. Designed with superyachts in mind, Stratis sails are the ultimate choice for performance yachts.
Stratis pre-impregnated fibre technology provides unmatched flexibility in fiber orientation, accuracy of placement and superior lamination. All fibers are load bearing, converging to every load point on the sail. This layout produces stronger, lighter sails that are much smoother when set. The sails hold their shape better with significantly less stretch and will last longer than conventional panel sails.
Doyle Sailmakers is continually developing its laminated sail products in terms of design, development and manufacture. Our research department continues to experiment with new fibers, adhesives and techniques with the aim of offering our clients the best product possible while our design department uses the latest computer technology and design tools to develop shapes and structures for faster sails.
Michael gave us some feedback after the boats first regatta with the new Doyle sails:
“After deciding to invest in a full Doyle New Zealand inventory for the Living Doll, no one could be happier. The work spent in the design phase was time well spent, all the sails were used right out of the bag, and they all fitted perfectly.
“The performance gain in the boat was night and day from previous regattas. Having Richard Bouzaid, and Mike Sanderson sailing with us not only lifted the intensity of the sailing on board, but also gave everyone a huge insight into the level of detail that goes into these sails, trim and rigs. The sail shape analysis that was done throughout the regatta by Richard after sailing each day, comparing race trim photos to the designed sail shapes, gave the team a good base to discuss modes, trim, areas to improve etc.
“Thanks to the team at Doyle.”
The Monaco Yacht Show is considered the most prestigious pleasure boat show in the world.
Robbie Doyle, Chris McMaster, Quinny Houry, Franceso Valenza and Matthew Bridge will be on hand to answer any questions and speak with you about the latest in sail design.
Be sure to stop by the Doyle Sailmakers booth at the 22nd Monaco Yacht Show stand QS75 in Darse Sud.
Wednesday September 19th to Saturday September 22nd 2012
10 am – 6:30 pm
Port Hercules – Boulevard Albert 1er – Principality of Monaco.
Main entrance: Darse Sud entrance.
Other entrances: Chicane and Parvis Sud entrances.
General public: € 70 / day (purchase on site only).
Professional visitors: € 70 / 4-day pass.
Congratulations to Doyle customers Joe Brownley on Shokran and Ed Crook on Strathspey for their wins in the Farr 1020 Nationals held April 21-22, 2012.
Shokran was the overall winner this year and showed impressive speed and consistency in the often frustrating conditions to record their win. And congratulations to Strathspey who took the handicap title.
Both boats sported Doyle inventories, including Doyle Stratis Genoas. Shokran has the GPx, Carbon/Technora, Race Genoa with a clear Film/Film laminate. While Strathspey has the GPc, All Kevlar Genoa, with a single layer of Taffeta for improved durability.
Congratulations again to both Joe & Ed for their impressive results!
The Farr 1020 is a one design 10.2 meter racing/cruising keelboat that originated from the drawing board of Bruce Farr in 1983. The Farr 1020 is a recognized National Keelboat class in New Zealand. While most of the over 150 Farr 1020’s built are located in New Zealand, a number can also be found in Australia, the Pacific Islands and the United States.
Stratis GPx sails from Doyle Sails New Zealand have been chosen to power Team Sanya around the globe in the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Mike Sanderson, skipper of Team Sanya and director of Doyle Sails New Zealand; “It was an easy decision for Team Sanya to make, notwithstanding the fact that I have a boot in both camps!
“The tremendous results that we are achieving with Stratis sails now in terms of both performance and durability certainly give me a lot of confidence and comfort going into the race. The Team and I will be working with Richard Bouzaid and the rest of the Doyle Sails design team in New Zealand to develop the optimum wardrobe for the race. The sail programme has been made all that much harder for this lap compared to any of my others because the boats will be carrying so few sails on board and they get replaced less frequently as well!”
Mike Sanderson’s sailing CV certainly makes him very well qualified to make a rational decision on sails to match the task ahead. Being a sailmaker by trade, having wins in two previous Volvo Ocean races as well as transatlantic and 24 hr speed records under his belt, Mike knows that as well as being fast, the sails have to be engineered and built with an extreme level of durability, particularly as sail wardrobes are so limited for the race.
“I think that the properties of Stratis make it ideal for the application, and with the practical expertise of the design team behind us, we are very excited about taking delivery of our first set of sails.”
ICAP Leopard with Doyle Stratis Main
Production at Doyle New Zealand has been pushed to near capacity since Mike Sanderson became a very active part of the company in recent weeks. The grand prix side of the business has taken off with the design and production teams at full speed on major international projects.
Super-maxi Leopard 3, fitted with a new Stratis main for the Annapolis – Newport Race, continued on her successful road with an excellent third overall on IRC and a very satisfying result of a lead out of the Chesapeake of 10 miles.
Alex Thomson’s full new set of Stratis race sails for Hugo Boss is due for fitting next week for the European circuit. From Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson commented: "The team at Alex Thomson Racing are looking forward to the next generation Stratis sails arriving on board Hugo Boss. The design and backup that Doyle New Zealand provides has been fantastic and the input form Richard Bouzaid into this type of program is invaluable."
On top of that the very successful Reichel Pugh race boat Shockwave has also ordered Stratis sails for its forthcoming campaign.
Doyle New Zealand believes that the future for high tech sailing in New Zealand is going from strength to strength. Mike Sanderson comments, "The New Zealand marine industry is acknowledged as a world leader when it comes to developing technologies, and the 100% Kiwi owned and operated Doyle New Zealand Stratis facility is certainly a showcase example. High tech sail making in New Zealand is continuing to lead the industry, and I am excited to be able to combine my experience with the already successful team here. The efficiencies that have developed at the Stratis plant allow us to continue servicing our customers in the local markets where we also have a strong presence. We have some very very exciting projects in the pipeline so all in all exciting times."