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Doyle Sails Dominate 2015 Marblehead NOOD Regatta

Marblehead Race Week, now sailed as the Marblehead NOOD Regatta, got underway last week for the 126th running of the regatta with 140 boats competing in 9 different One Design Classes.  As is the case in many years, Doyle-powered boats won the majority of the classes at the Marblehead NOOD Regatta, one of the northeast’s premier annual One-Design Regattas.   Among other highlights, Doyle customers swept the podium in the Rhodes 19, Town Class, and IOD classes, as well as winning the J/70, J/105 at Etchells classes.

Holley WinIn the Rhodes 19 class, the fleet saw one of the most competitive finishes in recent history, with 7 lead changes over the 4 day event and a mere 8 points separated first through sixth.  In the end, Jamie Holley, sailing Mankini with his wife Janice for the first three days and then his son Cameron for the final day, took home the win in a tie-breaker.    When asked what his favorite part of race week was, Jamie answered, “My family. My wife crewed the first few days, and then my son did the last.”  Team Mankini was named the overall winner of Race Week for their performance.Race Week-0040

Holley and his crew beat out second place co-skippers Ken Cormier and Steve Dalton in an overall points tie because Holley ended with two race wins compared to Cormier’s one – both of which he scored in the final two races. “It was a very tough week of sailing,” said Holley. “We were only one of two fleets that had to sail all four days. We were 12 points down coming into the last day of sailing, and we pulled through.”  He added, “There was everything from light air and flat water, to heavy air and high seas. I want to say it takes consistency to win, but we weren’t very consistent. There were at times five boats wide round the mark, and sometimes other factors made it a very complicated regatta.” Interestingly, in the 33-boat fleet, Holley was the only one to win more than one race, with 10 others each winning one race.  Holley was using Doyle’s well proven race sails that have been extensively developed in recent years.

J/70 Africa 2015 NOOD Regatta

Africa Comes into the Windward Mark in the Lead

In the 23-boat J/70 fleet, Jud Smith and AFRICA put on a dominating performance, much of which Smith attributes to just plain better boat speed, coupled with some strong tactical calls from his wife Cindy.  The regatta also doubled as the J/70 New England Championship, and featured some strong competition from as far away as Texas.  Winning 5 of the 10 races, Smith felt good in the range of conditions he saw through the three days of racing.  “We felt like our upwind boat speed and pointing ability was phenomenal.  We’ve fine tuned the jib design a bit in the last few months to allow us to inhaul better which helps with out height off the line.  We were sailing a bit heavy this regatta, so making sure we made our gains upwind was essential to making the whole race work” commented Smith reflecting on the week.  At the end of the regatta, he received the Norman E. Cressy Trophy, which is awarded by the Marblehead Racing Association to the skipper who best displays the outstanding performance at Marblehead Race Week as it relates to fleet competitiveness, sportsmanship and overall smart sailing.  In addition to Smith, three of the top four Corinthian Teams were using Doyle Sails.

Doyle J/105 Sails

allegro semplicita Powers in to the Windward Mark

In the J/105 Class, it was Fred deNapoli on Allegro Semplicita who came away with the win after several lead changes.  Despite his success in other regattas with his boat, deNapoli  had to be pleased with his performance this year, as he previously looked back on his 12 years in the class, remarking “In 2003, I borrowed a J/105 and came in second by a point or two. Last year I again came in second by a point or so. We’ve always been the bridesmaid, and never the bride.”  deNapoli was using Doyle’s latest Stratis jib design, along with a AP Crosscut Main and Airx 700 Class Spinnaker.

Doyle Town Class Sails

Berit Solstad on Lille Venn

In the Town Class, sailing with one of the largest fleets in recent memory. Berit Solstad came away with a commanding victory over local rival Kelley Braun.  After years of dominance in the Town Class, Doyle successful introduced a new mainsail design, which was utilized by Solstad in the victory.

The Etchells fleet, a longtime favorite in Marblehead, was also successful for Doyle One Design’s own Tomas Hornos, who came away with the win after winning half of the 8 races.  Hornos is a relative newcomer in the Etchells fleet, but has put together a string of impressive performances in the last year.

Race Week-0045-1The Marblehead IOD fleet has always been one of the most photogenic fleets around, with classic boats and matching fleet sails, which make for close racing.  This year it was Charlie Richter racing Javelin who came out on top.  Doyle has been proud to supply sails to the IOD fleet in Marblehead, among other venues, and has consistently produced top level sails that perform well over the many years that the sails rotate through.

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Pictures courtesy Bruce Durkee

Doyle Sails Dominate Etchells Australasian Winter Championship 2015

Doyle Sailmakers SWEEPS the 2015 Australasian Winter Championship, hosted by Mooloolaba Yacht Chub earlier in June, with customers taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd*, 7th, 8th, and 10th in a 42 boat fleet. See Results here.

A great article is written on the Australian Etchells page. The winners on Yandee XX, Jeanne-Claude Strong, with team of Neville Wittey, Marcus Burke, and Tiana Wittey, winning their first major event, but also assuming the role of the first female to win a major Etchells event in Australia.

YandooXX wins Australasian Winter Champs

Jeanne-Claude Strong and team on YandooXX take first at the 2015 Australasian Winter Championship. Photographer: Teri Dodd

Cameron Miles of The Hole Way took second with his crew, James Mayo and Grant Cowle, tightly two points behind Yandee XX, despite some admitted erroneous tactical decisions. They were tied for first with Yandee XX  after the first day and leading after the second day of racing.

Cameron Miles and team on The Hole Way take second at 2015 Australasian Winter Championship

Cameron Miles and team on The Hole Way take second at 2015 Australasian Winter Championship. Photo Cred: Teri Dodds

Mark Thornburrow, using Doyle upwind sails on Racer X, with team Malcolm Paige, Simon Cooke, and Michael Huang, placed third with two bullets and a total of five top ten finishes in the 7 race regatta.

Sailing - Marinepool Etchells Australasian Championship 2015, Mooloolaba Yacht Club, Mooloolaba (Aus). 4/6/2015 Photo: Teri Dodds.

Mark Thornborrow on team Racer X take third at 2015 Australasian Winter Championship Photo Cred: Teri Dodds.

Also a shout out to other Doyle customers placing top ten at this event. David Clarke and his team on Fifteen+ take seventh, pictured below. Peter McNeill and his team on Iris III take eighth, and Chris Hampton and his team on Tango take tenth. This is a great showing for Doyle Sailmakers repeatedly proving our product with great results.

David Clark on Fifteen+ take 7th. Pictured Racing on Day 2. Photo Cred: Teri Dodds

David Clark on Fifteen+ take 7th. Pictured Racing on Day 2 of 2015 Australasian Winter Championship. Photo Cred: Teri Dodds

Jud Smith Preparing for the 2014 Etchells World Championships

Starting Gun – The Etchells Worlds and a Conversation with Jud Smith

We caught up with Jud Smith of Marblehead, Mass. at Doyle Sailmakers this past week, as he gets ready for the upcoming Etchells Worlds in Newport, R.I. starting on June 21-28.  Smith is a Rolex Yachtsmen of the Year and former Etchells Worlds champion who just so happens to be building many of the sails for the event. He will be racing with his long time team of Peter Duncan and Tom Blackwell. As both sailmaker to other competitors and a competitor himself, we asked Jud to take a moment to give us an overview of the upcoming event – and the state of Etchells’ sailing overall.

Peter Duncan, Tom Blackwell and Jud Smith Training in Newport

Peter Duncan, Tom Blackwell and Jud Smith Training in Newport

Q. What is different about this upcoming event in Newport, R.I.?

A. The World’s in Newport is going to be a big draw. Canada is close, and it is off-season for the Australians. The World’s has become the premier event for Australians and we have John Bertrand here along with many other teams.  In 1998, the Etchells Worlds was held in Marblehead, and it was the last time we had 100 -boat strong Etchells Worlds.  We are figuring we will have 95 boats on the line for this one.  Newport is unique and to have an Etchells Worlds on the east coast is rare. We don’t get the Worlds in the US that often and it will be awhile before we have one nearby again (next year’s event is in Hong Kong).  

Q. With such an international fleet descending on Newport, R.I.; will this be the first time some of these competitors will race against each other?2014 Worlds Practice Start

A. Many of these teams have competed in the Jaguar Series in Miami and that is what we last did as a team before we began pre-worlds races for this event. Most of the major American boats were at the Jaguar series, as well as European and Canadian teams. Many of us have met each other on the race course before this.

[“The Jag”, as it has come to be known, is a four regatta series, spread out over four weekends between December and March, and brings together many of the best Etchells sailors in the world.]

Q. How important are these winter series like the Jaguar Series to the Etchells fleet?

A. The Jaguar Series has really helped the Etchells fleet and it has been a very popular format. It is more common now that you have to go where the sailing is – and a lot of competitors find it in Miami. The sport has evolved and whereas the summers are short and it is not always easy to get people involved in weekend racing – the competition stretches out over the year. It is so much more migratory.

Q. Will this Etchells Worlds feature a heavier contingent of professional -level sailors or will it include fleet racers from the region as well.

A.  What is different about the Etchells is that many of the owners are not pro-sailors but they do have pro teams. The talent pool is incredible so what has changed is that the boats are loaded with talent. It is not like the old days where you could fill in with individuals from the host club. That being said, it is hard for the club sailor to be competitive amidst this caliber of competition. However, for the club racer, they can come and get to sail against the very best in the world and talk and mingle after the racing.

Q. What else is unique about this talented Etchells fleet?

A. Today, the Etchells is not so much a summer racing class but a traveling class.   Etchells fleets are not gone, they are just not exactly where they used to be and more competitors take time over the course of a year, and not just weekends in a short summer season, to compete. The Etchells is one of the few keelboat classes that is still vibrant and does enable older sailors to compete. And, as it has evolved into a fleet that is deep with sailing talent, the more mature sailors tend to be the ones that have the resources and the time to race.2014 Worlds Practice 1

Q. As the sailmaker to the sailors, do you think you have any advantage over the other professionals in the fleet?

A. When you are the sailmaker for the event, the process for the customers  started a long time ago. The Doyle team boats have been training on weekends in Newport. As a sailmaker, we live and breath this every day. Any advantage I could have had is probably negated by the amount of time I have put into working with our many customers and helping make sure they are up to speed.  As much as sailmaking has evolved into being more automated and as such precise, there is still a lot of craftsmanship that our team has put into our sails – its been an exciting but exhausting few weeks leading up to the regatta.


KGB Wins Etchells Mid-Winters; Raging Rooster Clinches Overall Jaguar Cup Win.


KGB Sailing at the 2014 Jaguar Cup

KGB Sailing at the 2014 Jaguar Cup

Congratulations to Senet Bischoff and his team of Benjamin Kinney and Clay Bischoff, for winning the 2014 Jaguar Mid-Winters, the fourth and final regatta of the 2014 Jaguar Series.  KGB had top six finishes in all but two of the seven races sailed over the three days in Biscayne Bay, Miami, FL. The most impressive part of this victory is the team was comprised of all Corinthian sailors competing against many of the top professional teams worldwide.

“In the past, Ben and I treated this as a social endeavor,” admitted Bischoff. “We always sailed with a bunch of friends, and had a great time, but we never had a consistent third crew. This year we added my brother Clay, a two time team race world champion and former college sailor of the year, and it’s been huge.”

“We are an all Corinthian (amateur) team so we don’t come in early to practice. We did buy a new set of Doyle sails from Jud Smith, and that has been a big help. Jud is very open and honest in helping us get better. We can send him a photo of our sails and he will respond immediately with tuning advice.”

The Fleet at the 2014 Etchells Mid-Winter Championships.  John Payne Photo.

The Fleet at the 2014 Etchells Mid-Winter Championships. John Payne Photo.

Raging Rooster Overall Win

2014 Jaguar Cup Champions Peter Duncan, Jud Smith and Tom Blackwell. Photo Credit: Larry Suter.

The Mid-Winters concluded the 2014 Jaguar Series and a second congratulations is in order for Peter Duncan and his team, Jud Smith and Tom Blackwell, for winning the 2014 Jaguar Cup after finishing 4th at the Mid-Winters this past weekend! Both teams utilized the new Doyle APG Main, NLM-5 Jib and VMG Spinnaker.

“The Jag”, as it has come to be known, is a four regatta series, spread out over four weekends between December and March, and brings together many of the best Etchells sailors in the world. Hosted by Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and Etchells Fleet 20, the series consistently draws fifty or more boats to the good weather and great competition on Biscayne Bay. Teams from USA, Canada, Bermuda, Great Britain, Ireland, Switzerland and Ukraine are preparing for the World Championships to be held in Newport, RI this June.

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Raging Rooster wins Piana Cup

JagRegattalogoCongratulations to Peter Duncan, and his crew Tom Blackwell and Jud Smith, for winning the 2013 Louis Piana cup, the first event of the 2014 Jaguar Cup.  Held in Miami, Florida December 7-8, the regatta featured five races with 64 of the world’s top Etchells sailors – no fewer than five previous Etchells world champions were amongst the sixty-four boats on the starting line.

Peter Duncan was using Doyle’s latest AP Mainsail, NLM Jib and the AP Radial Runner and the Bi-Radial Runner.  Also in the top ten, using Doyle Sails, were Ted Hardenbergh in 6th, Shannon Bush in 8th and Flip Wehrhem in 10th.

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Raging Rooster winning Race 2. Photo credit Larry Suter.

“The Jag”, as it has come to be known, is a four regatta series, spread out over four weekends between December and March, and brings together many of the best Etchells sailors in the world. Hosted by Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and Etchells Fleet 20, the series consistently draws forty or more boats to the good weather, great competition and even better camaraderie.

The first race on Saturday, with East-southeast winds of about six to eight knots, saw lots of shuffling between the favorites and the rest of the fleet. Eight of the eventual top twenty sailed their throwout.

Peter Duncan commented, “We pressed a little too hard on the start and were over early. From that point we did well just to get back to the front half of the fleet.”  In the second race, a few boats once again pushed the middle of the line, and were called over early, though all of the leaders started clean. By now the winds were a fairly consistent eight knots, still from the east-southeast. This race also saw a wire to wire winner with Peter Duncan taking his first of what would be three guns over the weekend. He was closely followed by Jim Cunningham. Tom Carruthers rounded out the top three, fresh off his recent win in San Diego.

Raging Rooster at 2013 Piana CupSunday brought a bit more wind to the bay with speeds above ten knots. Race four got under way at 1100, with a 1.6mile first beat at a 115 degree bearing. Peter Duncan was first to the weather mark, a lead he would not relinquish for the remainder of the race. Jim Cunningham, sailing with Jeff Madrigali, Mark Ivy and Bryn Bachman took their third straight second place finish, in what had now become a two boat regatta.

In the last race it all came down to Cunningham and Duncan. With a ten as a throwout, to win the Piana Cup, Cunningham simply needed to beat Duncan, or have Duncan finish lower than fifth. However, some technical issues undid Cunningham’s team. “We didn’t get a good start in the last race,” said Madrigali. “We probably should have started near him (Duncan), but we were a little out of whack. But all in all we sailed well. We never dropped boats, and always finished in the best position we were in in any given race. We’re happy.”

When asked about that fifth and deciding race, Peter Duncan said, “We noticed a bit of a right shift while practicing before the race. We decided to go that way, and it was still there. We pretty much stayed right all weekend, except for the last two legs on Sunday when the left paid better.”

Commenting Jud Smith, “We tried to stay in the top five all weekend. We screwed up the first race, but recovered in the next two. The right had good pressure all weekend except as it died at the end of the day, and then the left paid.”

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Etchells Australian Nationals Report

Etchell_logoThe 2013 Etchells Australian Championships have wrapped up, with Doyle sails on five of the top ten boats in the 30-boat fleet.  Most impressively, the top three boats were all carrying Doyle sails.  The regatta was a very good indication of the speed potential of the new 270 MHL Light Air Jib, with many of the top finishers carrying the sail.

John Bertrand, sailing with Grant Simmer and Andrew Palfrey, won the regatta with an impressive 2-3-2-1-1-4-1 before sitting out the final race.  For this regatta, the team used Doyle’s 270 MHL and 280 NLM jibs, and downwind used primarily the new AP Radial spinnaker.

Doyle Etchells Sails

David Clark (1380) and John Bertrand (1383) .  Tracey Johnstone Photo.

Doyle Etchells Sails

Cameron Miles leading the fleet. Ray Smith Photo.

In second was Cameron Miles, who utilized the 280 DCM Jib and AP Main.  Third went to Doyle’s own Peter McNeil, who has long been involved in Doyle’s Etchells development.

David Clark(6th) was using Doyle One Design 270 MHL and 6.8 DCH jib combination, with the APSD main on a Sparcraft mast.  Mark Johnson (9th) was using the 280 DCM and 6.8 DCH jibs, combined with the AP Main on a Sparloft NZ mast. For spinnakers he used the AP Radial runner and VMG Cross Cut.

To learn more about Doyle’s Etchells Sails, please visit here.

View the full regatta write-up from John Crunow, Sail-World, here.

Full regatta results can be found here.


Atlantic Class Nationals Win and Marblehead Race Week Wins

All 4 One Atlantic Nationals

Photo Credit: Donna Pace

Congratulations to Bill Barton and his crew Peter Smith, Peter Duncan and Thomas Blackwell who recently won the Atlantic Nationals held at the Madison Beach Club.  Sailing with all Doyle Sails, this is the first time that Bill and his team have won the event.  The team have been sailing together for years and have roots at the American YC in Rye, NY where Bill grew up, and are active in the Etchells class as well.  The team finished with an impressive scoreline of 3,3,1,5,1, besting the competition by 2 points after sealing the regatta and sitting out the last race.

Since 1981, Bill has crewed on various Atlantics in Blue Hill Bay, Maine . He bought his Atlantic shortly after the 2008 Nationals. Over the next 3 to 4 years he picked away at re-rigging and updating all the gear during his vacation time in Maine but continued to crew for others, including his current middle man in this year’s event, Peter Smith of Morris Yachts. Due to commitments and priorities racing in the Etchells Class internationally, his boat languished until finally being ready in 2012 for the KYC Atlantic Nationals where he finished 5th.

Doyle One Design has been building and refining Atlantic sail development for the last 6 years, and their sails also won Nationals in 2011.  The Jib is designed for a looser headstay to improve tacking angles, and the main is optimized for a stiffer mast.  The combination has proven very fast in recent years.


Marblehead Race Week Re-Cap:

Doyle Sonar Sails MRW 2013

Photo Credit: Phil Smith

Marblehead Race Week just wrapped up, and featured four days of racing that saw a variety of conditions.  Doyle Sails performed well, winning the majority of the classes, and the overall title as well.

Doyle Etchells Sails MRW 2013

Photo Credit: Phil Smith

In the Sonar Class, Doyle sails took 1-3, led by Skip Shumway, who was also named Overall Winner of Race Week for winning its most competitive class.  Following behind Shumway were Larry Ehrhardt and Eric Voss.  Many in the fleet were gearing up for the upcoming Sonar World Championships to be held in Rochester, NY in September.

In the hotly competitive Rhodes 19 class, with 32 boats entered, Doyle Sails took home 1-8, with Ben Richardson winning over last years champions, Charlie Pendleton / Jim Raisides.

Tomas Hornos won the Etchells Class sailing Destiny, with Doyle boats also taking 3rd and 4th.  This is the first time that Hornos has won the Etchells class in Race Week, having previously won the Sonar class in 2011.  Crewing for Hornos were Luke Lawrence and Andy Casey from Florida.  Hornos was using a standard  AP main new MHL2 full version jib with dual jib track trimming designed for typical confused sea state in Marblehead and offshore Newport, in anticipation of the 2014 Worlds to be held in Newport.

The IOD class was won by Norm Cressy and Bruce Dyson sailing Gypsy.  Norm Cressy, who worked for Doyle until his retirement, has raced the last 65 Race Weeks, winning a number of them over the years.

Doyle IOD Sails MRW 2013

Photo Credit: Phil Smith

The Town Class was also won by Doyle sails, with Berit Solstad taking home the win after winning 6 of the 9 races.

In the J/70 Class, Jud & Cindy Smith took home second, while Tyler Doyle finished 4th.  The regatta was a good experience, with some more information on tuning and trim sorted out in Friday’s racing.