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Florian Raudaschl Will Represent Austria in the Finn Class at the 2012 Olympics

Doyle Sailmakers’ Florian Raudaschl will be representing Austria in the Finn class at the 2012 Olympics. Florian’s father, Hubert Raudaschl, started making Finn sails in 1965 and competed in a record 10 Olympics – winning two Olympic Silver Medals, one in the Finn class (1968) and one in the Star class (1980). Florian’s training and Finn sail optimization earned him a berth at the 2012 Olympics. Florian and 4 other countries will be powered by Doyle Finn sails at the Olympics. Congratulations to Florian and to all who follow their dreams and achieve their goals.

The Finn

The Finn is a centerboard dinghy designed by Rickard Sarby in 1949. The Finn made its debut in the 1952 Olympics and went on to become the oldest continuous class in Olympic sailing. With a large, fully adjustable mainsail, the Finn demands a strong, large sailor who concentrates well and can respond quickly. For many sailors, this is the ultimate racing experience. The Finn dinghy fills the slot for the heavyweight dinghy in the Olympics. 25 Finn sailors from as many nations are allowed to participate in the Olympics.

Florian’s father, Hubert Raudaschl

After competing in two Olympic Games, 1960 in Rome and 1964 in Tokyo, and becoming the Finn dinghy World Champion in 1964, Hubert Raudaschl founded Raudaschl Sails in 1965 and began making Finn sails. Hubert won the European Championships in 1966, and Raudaschl sails began leading the Finn class worldwide.

In 1980, Hubert won his second Olympic silver medal in Tallinn, USSR in the Star class. Throughout the 1980s Raudaschl became well-known for fast yacht sails in racing on the Adriatic. In 1996, Hubert Raudaschl took part at his tenth Olympic Games in Atlanta/USA, an all-time record, adding to his 19 medals (gold, silver and bronze) won over the years at World and European championships.

Florian Raudaschl

Florian Raudaschl

In 1992 at the age of 14, Florian Raudaschl started working as a sailmaker. Florian gained international sailmaking experience at Doyle lofts in Australia, New Zealand and in Marblehead, MA in the United States. In 1997, Raudaschl Sails joined the Doyle group, servicing customers in the Austrian and middle Europe markets, with 16 employees producing one-design sails and yacht sails. In 2003, Florian Raudaschl started managing the Doyle Raudaschl loft with his father.

Florian’s training and Finn sail optimization earned him a berth at the 2012 Olympics. Florian and 4 other countries will be powered by Doyle Finn sails at the Olympics.

As Florian explains, “The tension was enormous, I’m looking brutal and am incredibly proud of it. It was not easy. But I gave everything, fought really hard and am rewarded with a very good performance. Now that the pressure is released, I’m just happy and quite settled.”

Congratulations to Florian and to all who follow their dreams and achieve their goals.

For more information on Doyle Finn sails, click here.

Doyle Austria Celebrates 40 Years

By Florian, Hubert and Robert Raudaschl, Doyle Austria

First, a look back

BTV-Libera

After competing in two Olympic Games, 1960 in Rome and 1964 in Tokyo, Hubert Raudaschl founded Raudaschl Sails in 1965 and began making Finn sails. He was the Finn dinghy World Champion in 1964 and won the European Championships in 1966, and Raudaschl Finn sails began leading the class worldwide. After four years the loft grew to 21 employees and produced sails for the Flying Dutchman, Star, Contender and other one-design classes, and Hubert won a 1968 Olympic silver medal in the Finn. Affiliates of the loft were opened in Hyeres, Toronto, Kiel, Sao Paolo and other countries. In 1978 Raudaschl sails won the Mini-Ton world championships, as well as being recognized as the best windsurfing sails in tests by European magazines. In 1980 Hubert won his second Olympic silver medal in Tallinn, USSR in the Star class.

Throughout the 1980s Raudaschl became well-known for fast yacht sails in racing on the Adriatic; in 1992 a laser-plotter and a 17-meter-long vacuum table were utilized to guarantee precision cutting of sail panels. 1996 Hubert Raudaschl took part at his tenth Olympic Games in Atlanta/USA, an all-time record, adding to his 19 medals (gold, silver and bronze) won over the years at World and European championships.

In 1997 Raudaschl Sails joined the Doyle group, servicing customers in the Austrian and middle Europe markets, with 16 employees producing one-design sails and yacht sails. In 2003 Florian Raudaschl, also a Finn sailor and campaigning for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing/China, took over the company and is managing the loft with his father. Starting at age 14, Florian has worked as a sailmaker, and gained international experience at Doyle Australia, Doyle New Zealand, and Doyle Marblehead.

New Doyle Raudaschl Website

Come take a look at our new website, redesigned with the new Doyle cooperate look, at: http://www.raudaschl.co.at

Doyle Stratis

Our first orders for Doyle Stratis load-path membrane sails have come in and we are very happy with the quality and the delivery time. The first suits of Doyle Stratis sails go to a 5.5 Metre, a 6-Metre, along with a main for a 37-foot cruiser/racer. We look forward to offering Stratis taffetas for the racer/cruisers on the Adriatic Sea.

One Design News

Finn

As the season begins we are building a lot of sails for the Folkboat, Finn, Star, Shark 24, and more; we delivered 37 sails for the German Folkboat market alone. And with the Yngling Worlds coming to our local lake we hope to sell plenty of Yngling sails. We bought a Beneteau 25 to race handicap regattas on our lakes as well as some class regattas, all with our loft crew. At regattas we will have a VW Transporter towing the boat, a sewing machine, and a range of hardware and fittings to provide optimum customer service.

Florian refreshed his designs for the Finn sails this past winter and has made good speed gains in light and moderate conditions. Very good results in the early events — 4th in Split and 2nd in Cannes — confirm the new sail designs. Next events will be Hyeres and Spa regatta. In the Star class, with the District Champion 2004 and the winner of the Austrian Championship 2004 we start the season with some new clients now using our sails.

Racing/Cruising

We recently delivered a main and genoa for a Swan 82; the sails, constructed by the Doyle Fraser loft, are D4 with Vectran/Carbon/tafetta, 5/1 battens, and two reefs. This customer is the same Austrian client for whom we’ve made sails for his previous Swan 68 and his current Libera racer BTV, a 16-man trapeze yacht for racing on Lake Constanz and Lake Garda. Last year BTV beat 300 boats to win the Round Lake Constanz event, a long-distance race that is one of the most prestigious races in middle Europe, becoming the first-ever Austrian winner. Congratulations!

–Florian, Hubert and Robert Raudaschl