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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

IOD Celebrity Invitational Regatta

The IOD Celebrity Invitational Regatta, a fundraising event to benefit Nantucket Community Sailing, was held August 15-17, 2012, where every team has one of America’s greatest sailors aboard calling tactics. From America’s Cup tactician, Olympic medalist to world champions, the celebrities donate their time.

There was an opening reception and dinner on August 15, with two days of racing and more social events on August 16 and 17, 2012. The series consisted of five races on Nantucket Sound, each participating team with a celebrity tactician on-board.

On the first day of racing, the race committee managed to get off one light air race. A 15-20 knot wind on the second day lead to four tight races.

Congratulations to Heather Gregg’s Team Cape Cod for winning the regatta and becoming the first female winner. Heather’s tactician was Robbie Doyle, and crew members were Miles Cameron, Michael Obuchowski and Will Christenson.

In second was Gary Jobson, President of US Sailing and Honorary Chairman of Nantucket Race Week, with tactician was Dee Smith, and crew Jud Smith, Hank Stewart, Jim Porter.

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About the Nantucket International One Design Fleet

The International One Design was the first class to achieve ‘International Classic Yacht’ status with the International Sailing Federation. Inspired by the majestic 6-Metre class, Cornelius Shields commissioned Norwegian naval architect Bjorn Aas to design a strict one-design class. In 1935, the International One Design was born. 21-feet on the waterline, with long, graceful overhangs extending to 33-feet overall, and a powerful 45-foot rig, the IOD resembles a scaled down version of a majestic J-Boat. With fleets in Northeast Harbor, Marblehead, Nantucket, Long Island Sound, San Francisco, Nova Scotia, Bermuda, Scotland, Sweden and Norway, the IOD class has a strong tradition of inter-fleet competition. The King Edward VII Gold Cup leg of the Swedish Match tour is sailed in the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club’s fleet of IODs.

IODs are typically sailed with crews of four or five. The small rudder, tall rig and heavy displacement demand focus, reflexes and strength from both helmsman and crew. In Nantucket, races are held outside of the island’s harbor on the Nantucket Sound. This is one of America’s great racing venues, where crisp August afternoons, reliable sea breezes of 15-20 knots, and uniform currents across the course make for exciting racing, with Nantucket’s legendary beauty and island life to return to after racing.

Formed in 1998, the Nantucket IOD Fleet is based on a unique concept. Rather than the traditional system of sailors owning their boats individually, the fleet is owned by an association consisting of fifteen syndicates, each of which owns an undivided interest, or share equivalent to one fifteenth of the entire fleet. The boats are identical in every way: hulls, standing and running rigging, sails, supplied equipment, instruments (just a compass!), tuning, and even the bottom paint. Syndicates rotate boats on a weekly basis. It is truly one-design racing at its purest.

Nantucket Community Sailing

Nantucket Community Sailing (NCS) was recently recognized by US Sailing as the Outstanding Seasonal Community Sailing Program in the United States. The IOD Celebrity Invitational is a fundraising event to benefit Nantucket Community Sailing. NCS is a non-profit organization focused on providing sailing instruction and affordable access to water sports for the Nantucket community. NCS serves 2,000 sailors in its sailing programs, and provides equipment and instruction through many community outreach programs, including sponsoring and coaching Nantucket’s High School Sailing Team, sailing scholarships to island youth, free water sports to other non-profits, sailboat races for all levels and teaching adaptive windsurfing for disabled athletes. Nantucket Community Sailing needs to raise over $800,000 each year to support its programs. Nantucket Race Week is an essential aspect of the fund-raising effort, contributing 25% of the total. The IOD Celebrity Invitational is a major component of this success!

IOD Celebrity Invitational Regatta Website
Full Results

Classic Looks, Winning Performance: 2012 Corinithian Classic Regatta

The 2012 Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta presented by Panerai was held August 11 & 12. A total of 68-boats raced in the regatta from the historic Dorade to NY50’s, P’s and Q’s, 8-Metres, a 12-Metre, modern-day Alerion’s, Concordia Yawls, Hinckleys and a great mix of other classics.

The Corinthian Classic is the first of a three-part series that includes Nantucket Opera House Cup and Newport’s Museum of Yachting Regatta. The regatta celebrates Classic Sailing Yachts of all types: Classic Wooden; Classic GRP/Plastic; and Spirit of Tradition.

Congratulations to Doyle customers for winning all four Classic Yacht divisions of the Corinithian Classic Regatta: Classic Yachts, Spirit of Tradition Yachts, Classic GRP (Fiberglass) Yachts, and International One Design.

David Curtis in his Taylor 38 Rival won the Spirit of Tradition Yachts class as well as the W. Starling Burgess Trophy as the Overall winner of the regatta. Rival has a brand new Doyle Pentex main and a 2011 Doyle Pentex Genoa.

Gary Gregory with his 12-Metre Valiant won the Panerai Classic Yacht Division, and was second Overall. Valiant utilized a new Doyle Box Radial main and an assortment of Doyle Box Radial Genoas.

David Gardner won the Classic GRP Yachts Division in his Bristol 35.5 Solstice. Solstice was powered by 2008 Doyle Pentex Main and 2009 Doyle Pentex Genoa.

Timmy Dittrich won the International One Design Division in Sagacious with Doyle IOD sails.

Corinthian Classic Regatta Website
Final Results

Bight Me Wins 1st Place Overall at 2012 Sperry Top-Sider Marblehead NOOD Regatta

While the wind Gods were not always shining at the 123rd running of Marblehead Race Week, 129 boats in 9 classes competed in light to moderate breezes over the course of the four day regatta. Sponsored by Sperry Top-Sider, the Marblehead NOOD regatta was hosted by the Eastern Yacht Club and held July 26-29, 2012.

Congratulations to Charlie Pendleton, Jim Raisides and crew sailing aboard the Rhodes 19 Bight Me for being named the Marblehead NOOD Regatta Overall Winner. Race officials from Sailing World and the race committee determine the Regatta’s Overall Winner, based on the strongest finish in the most competitive class. The Rhodes 19 fleet was also the largest class with 28 boats registered. Team Bight Me as part of its Overall Win is invited to participate in the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Championships in the British Virgin Islands at the end of the season to compete aboard Sunsail 44i’s against the other overall winners in the 2012 series.

Doyle Sailmakers congratulates all competing sailors but in particular our customers who won their respective classes.

  • Alerion Express 28 George Spiecker
  • Etchells Jud Smith
  • IOD Bill Widnall/Matt Lindblad
  • J/105* Charlie Garrard
  • Rhodes 19 Charlie Pendleton/Jim Raisides
  • Sonar* Dave Curtis
  • Town Class Bart Snow
  • Viper 640 Kay VanValkenburgh
  • *partial inventory

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    Full Results
    Local Skippers Claim Overall Victory at the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta at Marblehead Race Week
    Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Overcomes Slow Start to Complete Races
    A slow day in Marblehead
    Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Overcomes Slow Start to Complete Races

    2008 Marblehead NOOD

    Over 180 boats competed at the 11th annual Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta in Marblehead held July 24-27, 2008. Congratulations to Doyle customers who won the following classes: Etchells (Riva), IOD (Gypsy), J/105 (Steelaway), Town Class (Patience), Sonar (Bill Lynn), Alerion Express 28 (Tumbler), and Rhodes 19 (Sheerboom).

    For complete results from the 2008 Marblehead NOOD, click here.