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Doyle Places 9 out of Top 10 at Rhodes 19 East Coast Champs 2015

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.”

High Five! Photo by Blake Jackson of Marblehead Studios

High Five! Photo by Blake Jackson of Marblehead Studios

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.

East Coast Champions on Bight Me. Photo by Blake Jackson of Marblehead Studios

East Coast Champions on Bight Me. Photo by Blake Jackson of Marblehead Studios

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 Secures Largest Order to Date

C2218 With Blade JibDoyle Sailmakers, based in Salem, MA, has recently announced that it has been awarded the contract to supply the complete sail inventory for the upcoming 60m performance sloop under construction at Perini Navi.  The inventory encompasses a staggering 10,200 square meters (110,275 square feet) of sail area including what will be the world’s two largest spinnakers.  The yacht is scheduled for completion in early 2014 and will make her debut at the 2014 St. Barths Bucket.

The order reinforces Doyle’s commitment and expertise in engineering some of the largest projects in the Superyacht industry including the sails aboard Maltese Falcon and M5, two of the world’s largest and most sophisticated sailing yachtsEssential to the success of this program will be the contribution of Doyle CFD’s analysis which is being used to model all aspects of the sail shapes and loading, completely integrating data from the boat’s hull and rig in real sailing conditions.  This will ensure that the sails as well as the associated hardware are all up to the task of propelling this yacht through the water. 

CFD Analysis of 60m Sloop

CFD & FEA has been performed to quantify loading and refine shapes in all the sails.

After several months of discussions, the final inventory was decided on after reviewing a number of possible combinations with an eye on smooth sail crossovers for an aggressive racing schedule the boat has planned.  For upwind sailing, the boat will have a 840 sqm mainsail which is complemented by a range of headsails – a reacher, a blade jib, a working jib, and then a Code 0 for light air conditions.  The upwind inventory will be constructed of Doyle’s proprietary Stratis membranes which have proven themselves on many of the world’s most glamorous Superyachts.  This technology will enable Doyle’s engineers and sailmakers in Salem to construct high performance sails with minimal weight.

DownwindDownwind is where the boat will really shine.  “We looked at every material available for these spinnakers and realized that there wasn’t anything in existence that would deliver the performance we were looking for,” explains CEO Robbie Doyle.  “We partnered with Dimension Polyant to develop a new high-performance Polyester spinnaker fabric that is reinforced with Dyneema for durability and burst strength.”  The new cloth allows the sails to be light and soft like a traditional spinnaker yet has tensile strength on par with other, heavier options.  The addition of Dyneema to the cloth will ensure that the sail resists tears, essential to success on the Superyacht racing circuit.  The boat will have two spinnakers, one measuring in at 2448 sqm and the other at 2170 sqm.  In addition, she will be equipped with a 643 sqm spinnaker staysail set with a top down furler.

“With this project we are fortunate to take everything we have learned in the last 30 years on both Superyachts and Grand-Prix race boats and put it all together in one package,” comments Doyle.  “We are extremely excited to be working with the project management team at Perini Navi, Future Fibers and Ron Holland Design to see this through its completion.” The order caps a string of good news for Doyle Sailmakers in the Superyacht arena, highlighted by the recent debut of the 50m Sloop Ohana, new inventories for the 52m Prana, 45m Artemis, and the launch of the 40m Perini Navi Sloop State of Grace with a full Doyle inventory.  When the 60m performance sloop launches next year, it will be spectacular to see her perform. 

C2218 Upwind and Downwind

Doyle J/70 Update

With the J/70 named the 2013 Boat of the Year over 300 J/70s sold, fleets springing up all over the country and with almost 40 J/70s signed up for Key West Race Week, Doyle Sailmakers is excited to be making fast, easy to tune J/70 sails.

During the second week of December, Jud Smith and Greg Marie from Doyle One Design went to Miami, Florida for a 2 day tuning session. This tuning session was designed to check over some of the slight tweaks made to the designs and to develop a tuning guide to ensure the maximum boat speed from Doyle J/70 sails.

The latest on our J/70 designs:

  • Added a radial clew to the main for a lighter stronger clew.
  • Kept the cross-cut midsection for smooth transition at batten ends.
  • Testing has made it increasingly clear that the best VMG in light to moderate air will be achieved by sailing deep running angles.
  • Our spinnaker design has been optimized for deep soaking angles while still being able to reach when planing.

Having a few other testing partners around in Miami gave us the opportunity to test rig tune and trimming methods.



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J/70 Marblehead Demos – November 18th

J/70 Sailing Demos

Sunday November 18
89 Front Street, Marblehead MA
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Doyle J/70 2 Boat Testing

Doyle J/70 2 Boat Testing

Help us welcome the newest and most versatile one-design racing fleet to New England – the J/70 speedster!

Get on the cutting-edge and own a J/70 – a manageable family racer/daysailer that can easily be trailered and ramp-launched. Our goal is to have 12 J/70s for Summer 2013 racing. Our goal is to have 12 J/70s for Summer 2013 racing.

Schedule of Events

  • 1:00 to 2:00 PM J/70 will be on display
  • 1:30 PM
  • JEFF JOHNSTONE, President of J/Boats will introduce the J/70
  • BILL LYNN of Atlantis Weathergear will discuss his recent J/70 sailing experience at the NYYC Invitational in Newport, RI
  • JUD SMITH of Doyle Sailmakers & WILL WELLES of North Sails will speak about their respective J/70 sail development
  • GREG WILKINSON, Boston Sailing Head Sailing Coach will present 2013 Marblehead J/70 Racing Schedule
  • 2:00 ‐ 3:30 PM J/70 Demo sails, weather permitting.

Refreshments will be served.

The event is sponsored by:
Hill & Lowden, Inc. – J/Boats – Doyle Sailmakers – North Sails – Harvey Rigging – Atlantis WeatherGear

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2012 Fall Etchells - Star Regatta hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club
The Annapolis Etchells Star Regatta in Annapolis was held October 20-21, 2012. Racing Etchells USA 102, Tomas Hornos, Chris Burd, Scott Sheffer and Lindsay Smith finished 2nd. Tomas sailed with a new shared outboard/inboard jib lead configuration and the new 2012 NLM-5 RS-6 jib with shorter leech length. This jib lead configuration is designed to replace in-hauling with windward sheet and provide a repeatable setting from tack to tack.

The jib leech is high enough to allow for clew blocks to be shackled on with a twist shackle or running jib sheets directly though clew ring. Lashing blocks could also be used instead through the clew ring to allow block load properly.

The shared inboard/outboard track was the brain child of tactician Luke Lawrence, sailing with Gary Gilbert on Annie. Chuck Poindexter of Sound Rigging was the first to install and test the idea on his Etchells. Frank Atkinson of Rigging Systems came up with the low profile track seen in the photos installed on Etchells USA 102. Jud Smith and Tomas collaborated on installing at an angle for range of adjustment.

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J/70 2-Boat Sail Testing

Doyle Sailmakers’ One Design Team sail testing a pair of J/70s on Western Long Island Sound in preparation for Key West Race Week 2013 and the winter racing circuit.

Doyle One Design has been in high gear testing sail designs for the J/70. To ensure that Doyle J/70 sails are ready for the upcoming winter circuit, Jud Smith and the Doyle J/70 team utilized 3D modeling to design sails to fit the J/70 rig virtually.

This round of sail testing included Jud Smith, Mark Ploch, Paul Beaudin and Greg Marie from Doyle Sailmakers as well as Peter Duncan, Tom Blackwell, Andy Gilia, Luke Lawrence and Larry Suter.

The team 2-boat tested Doyle designs to determine the best Doyle design, then 2-boat tested the top Doyle design against existing J/70 sails including North Radian. The result – sails that tested faster than the competition over a 2-day session from ligh=e t to planing conditions.

With nearly 250 J/70s already sold, this class has quickly become the hottest new one design. The J/70 features a 22-foot waterline, high aspect rig, all carbon mast and boom.

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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.