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Come See Us at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show!

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.

22nd Monaco Yacht Show


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.

Entrance fee

General public: € 70 / day (purchase on site only).
Professional visitors: € 70 / 4-day pass.

Celebrating 10th Anniversary Doyle Palma Announces Dynamic New Partnership

Quinten Hury

The ten year anniversary of the Doyle loft in Palma is imminent and to celebrate this landmark, the owners Russell Thom and Fiona Bruce are delighted to announce a new partnership with the sailmaking superyacht expert, Quinten Houry (Quinny).

Quinny is to move from his role at Doyle in New Zealand as Special Projects Manager and will be joining Doyle Palma to head up the Superyacht Sales Department. His remit is to further advance Doyle’s reputation for supplying state of the art sails to superyachts in Europe. He has been in the sailmaking industry for the past 20 years origi-nally with some of the leading lofts in Europe and now having worked with Doyle lofts for the last 10 years his name is synonymous with the brand, spending the last 6 years with Doyle in Auckland. His vast knowledge and depth of experience in both design and engineering of superyacht sails make him the ideal new partner to work alongside the team in the Palma loft. Recently, he has been working hands on with projects such as the new Kokomo, Red Dragon, Bristolian II and Bliss. Quinny’s new objectives include the expansion of Doyle’s superyacht activities in Europe, at the same time widening customer service. He will also increase awareness of Doyle’s in-house product, STRATIS™.

Doyle New Zealand has recently undergone a huge expansion, with the opening of a new custom factory in Auckland to produce their exclusive STRATIS™ membrane sails. The new alliance will increase product support considerably in Europe, allowing for Doyle’s continued expansion.

Palma loft

Doyle Palma is the largest production sail loft in Mallorca and the largest production loft in Spain, specialising in superyacht sails. Russell Thom and Fiona BruceOwners Russell Thom and Fiona Bruce have managed the loft for the past ten years and developed a reputation for the quality of their custom performance cruising sails and an unrivalled after sales service.

The loft is ideally located right in the centre of the superyacht community, within easy reach of sea and air freight services. Doyle Palma also offers sail storage, a repair and maintenance service, as well as sail cleaning.

Wally 107’ Kenora with a suit of grey taffeta, carbon Technora sails

The loft has just supplied the Wally 107’ Kenora, with a suit of grey taffeta, carbon Technora Black sails and is current-ly working on new sails for two Swan 100s, as well as the 40m Jongert, Anna Christina. They are also to deliver sails to a new build 110’ Dijkstra design. All these sails are being built in D4 membranes supplied by the world’s largestcloth manufacturer Dimension Polyant. Doyle Palma and Dimension Polyant have been working closely together forthe last 10 years improving the range of fabric options and warranty service.

Overseeing all service and production, Russell started building sails in New Zealand when he was sixteen and has spent the last twenty years specialising in the superyacht market. Fiona completes the team as the essential part of all organisational affairs keeping the cogs finely oiled.

Russell said, “This new partnership of three exceptional individuals will synthesize into a new compelling chapter for Doyle and reinforce our future success in the superyacht world.”Fiona added, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Quinny into the team – we are an important part of a global franchise with worldwide support from the Doyle network and we look forward to widening our customer service in the Mediterranean and further establishing our international reputation as one of the world’s leading superyacht lofts.”

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Exciting Yachts and Sails to Match

By Fiona Bruce, Doyle Sailmakers Palma


We’ve had a very, very busy beginning to the year with new sails and service work alike! The first project was an in-boom carbon/Spectra mainsail for the 120-foot Dubois-designed Sovereign Seas. Next we built the sails for the 112-foot Swan Anemos, using Cuben Fibre with a white Tedlar film. The advantage of this fabric, aside from its strength and durability, is that it does not absorb water and therefore will not grow mildew, a constant problem in the hot and humid Med environment. Russell and Fiona will be fitting and sea trialling the sails in New York in time for the New York YC’s Rolex Transatlantic Challenge, which starts May 21 in Newport, Rhode Island.


Also on our spring schedule are a Yankee and staysail for the 80-foot classic yawl Agneta, well known through her previous owner Mr Gianni Agnelli and now owned by Peter Engels. She will be racing in every classic regatta throughout the Med this year, starting with the Palma Vela. A new set of carbon/Spectra sails for Pinto (formerly Hedal), a Farr 72, has just been completed and sea-trailed. Pinto will be racing two other Farr 72’s and in the same division as the Wally’s at the Palma Vela Regatta; Paul Allan is the lucky Doyle representative who will be sailing on her. Our biggest laugh, having just fitted the sails, came from hearing the comments from other skippers who use another local sail loft: “What? The sails fitted first time?”

–Fiona Bruce, Doyle Sailmakers Palma