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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

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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    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

    J/105 Shooting Star Wins 1st Place Overall at 2011 Sperry Top-Sider Marblehead NOOD Regatta

    2011 Marblehead NOOD

    Congratulations to Bill Lynn and the crew of the J/105 Shooting Star for winning the J/105 class in the 2011 Sperry Top-Sider Marblehead NOOD Regatta and being named the Overall Winner of the Sperry Top-Sider Marblehead NOOD Regatta, winning the event’s top prize, a trip to the British Virgin Islands. The Overall winners from each of the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regattas will complete in the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Championship Regatta in the British Virgin Islands in November, courtesy of Sunsail.

    When Laurie Willard realized he was unable to skipper his J/105 Shooting Star for the Marblehead NOOD, he asked Bill Lynn to skipper. With Bill Lynn at the helm, the Shooting Star crew included Ben Willard (Laurie’s son), Matt Contorchick and his wife, Catherine Sullivan, Chris Hufstader, and Hannah Lynn (Bill’s daughter). After 6 races with one throw out, Shooting Star edged out Got Qi? by one
    point to win the class and go on to be named the Overall Winner of the 2011 Sperry Top-Sider Marblehead NOOD. Shooting Star was powered by all Doyle sails.

    A total of ten classes and 169 entrants competed in the Marblehead NOOD held July 28-31, 2011 by the Corinthian Yacht Club. Doyle customers dominated the regatta, winning eight classes. George Spiecker’s Airtha won the Alerion 28 class. Wade Edwards’ Riva won the Etchells class, with Ethan Doyle finishing 3rd. In the IOD fleet, Doyle customer Bruce Dyson’s Gypsy dominated the fleet to win by an 11-point margin. Ken Deyett’s Jeroboam won the J/30 class. Bill Lynn won the J/105 class. Doyle powered customers swept the Rhodes 19 fleet, with Pete Kaznoski and Evan Cooke’s Sundance, Chris Small’s Swing Room and Kim Pandapas’ Mo Hotta Mo Betta finishing 1-2-3. Doyle’s Tomas Hornos won the Sonar fleet, while Bart Snow’s NOLO won the Town Class.

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    Read the Sailing World interview with Bill Lynn, "A Star Shines in Marblehead"

    Loulou is Top J/105 and Top Boat Overall at Larchmont Race Week

    loulou is Top J/105 and Top Boat Overall at Larchmont Race Week

    The final weekend of Larchmont Race Week may have been a bust for most with no wind on Sunday and one bizarre race on Saturday, but it worked out just fine for Paul Beaudin’s J/105 Team loulou. Beaudin sailed his throw out in Saturday’s race, when a 180 degree windshift turned the fleet topsy turvy. So loulou’s sixth place finish got bracketed, and Beaudin scored four bullets from the prior weekend. The tally not only gave him first in the J/105 class, but won the vote for Best Overall Performance at the 113th Larchmont Race Week.

    Loulou uses a complete set of Doyle J/105 class racing sails. The Spinnaker, which has been very fast in running conditions, was even faster as a VMG. In the light conditions loulou was just faster, with speed to walk away from the fleet for big finishes. The Doyle J/105 spinnaker is proving to be perfect as the ‘do it all’ sail.

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    J/105 Loulou Takes Overall Honors at 2011 New Jersey Red Grant Regatta

    J/105 Loulou Takes Overall Honors at 2011 New Jersey Red Grant Regatta

    Loulou using the latest Doyle J/105 PB (Premium Boatspeed) sails dominated the 8-boat J/105 class at the 2011 New Jersey Red Grant Regatta winning 6 of the 7 races, only taking a second by a nose in one race. Loulou’s performance was good enough for the over all title “Best Performance in a One-Design.”

    The new Doyle PB Stratis Class Jib is extremely effective throughout the entire wind range and Loulou had dominating speed in every race. Trimmers on the boat commented “The new Doyle jib could be a game changer, this is the fastest sail to date. The sail looked beautiful right out of the bag and is very easy to trim”. Downwind the Doyle PB Class 89 Spinnaker was lower and faster in all conditions. New spectra rings and advance patching have reduced the over weight of the sail by 20%.

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    J/105 Allegro Semplicita Wins Class at PHRF New Englands

    Powered by 2010 Doyle sails, Fred deNapoli and crew took class honors in the 2010 Hanse Yachts PHRF New England Championship held in Marblehead, MA. Sailed in light to moderate winds, Allegro Semplicita bested the competitive 21 boat J/105 fleet over the course of six races in three days.

    Allegro Semplicuta Wins J/105 Class at 2010 PHRF New Englands

    The Allegro Semplicita team included tactician Nick Burke, bowperson Kim Barrows, mid-bowman Steve Gleason, Anthony Warren at the mast, and Patrick Andersen trimming the jib.

    Allegro Semplicita used a full inventory of new 2010 Doyle sails, including a cross cut main, a class jib and a full radial spinnaker. Looking back on this summer’s successes, deNapoli offers, “A big thanks to Doyle Sailmakers for making some pretty slippery sails.” Over the course of this season, deNapoli finished second in the Marblehead NOOD and won the Boston Yacht Club’s Summer Series as well.

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    Utilizing innovative 3D modeling and rigorous testing, the Doyle Design Team is actively developing fast, smooth and durable J/105 sails for all conditions. To learn more about Doyle J/105 sails call 800-94-DOYLE or click here.

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    Sealark and Providence Win Verve Cup Overall Trophies

    J/105 Sealark Wins 2010 Overall Verve Cup


    Clark Pellett, owner of Sealark, not only won 1st place in the J/105 fleet at the Verve Cup Offshore Regatta, but he also won the prestigious Overall Verve Cup Trophy. The Overall Verve Cup trophy is awarded to the winner of the most competitive fleet in the Verve Cup Offshore Regatta, which was held at Chicago Yacht Club August 20-22, 2010. The Sealark team, including bowman Shane Montgomery, tactician Russ Radke, mid bowman John Schussler and headsail trimmer Ned Sher, was powered by 2010 Doyle sails and won the J/105 class with 33 points.

    Pellett recognized the strong competition in the fleet, commenting “As we say in the J/105 fleet, there’s always someone waiting to steal your lunch. And they will.” Pellett from Chicago, commended the organizers of the regatta, saying “This is a great regatta, the Chicago Yacht Club and Race committee does such an outstanding job. We couldn’t be happier.”

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    The 8-Mile Buoy Trophy is the overall 2010 Verve Cup Offshore, which was awarded to Greg Miarecki’s Providence for winning Saturday’s Distance Race.
    Providence carries a full inventory of Doyle Stratis upwind sails and Full Radial downwind sails.

    In addition to winning both of the Overall Awards for Verve Cup, Doyle sails were also at the front of the other classes. In the Farr-40 Class, Helmut Jahn’s Flash Gordon 4 took home 1st place. Flash had a new Doyle 1.5S for the regatta that they are extremely happy with, but they only used it sparingly as they are saving it for the upcoming Farr-40 North American Championships. Flash was followed by Phil Dowd’s Inferno in 2nd and Brian and Scott Jackman’s Pendragon in 3rd. Both Inferno and Pendragon used complete Doyle inventories.

    In the J/109 Class, Peter Priede’s Full Tilt placed 3rd.

    In the T-10 Class, Simon Beemstabor’s Silver Surfer tied for 4th only 3 points out of 2nd.

    In the GL-70 Class Lance Smothermans Details finished 2nd.

    The Beneteau 36.7 class was again dominated by Doyle sails, with Doyle sails used by 7 of the top 10 boats. Peter Wrights Maggie Mae took home 1st making it a clean sweep winning every one of the Buoy regattas in the 2010 Lake Michigan Championships. Charlie Wurtzbach and Mike Bird’s FOG placed 3rd, Sue Hogan and John Heaton’s As You Wish finished 4th, Steve Pelke’s Stingray came in 5th, and Mark Norris’s Split Decision was 6th.

    Utilizing innovative 3D modeling and rigorous testing, the Doyle Design Team is actively developing fast, smooth and durable One Design sails for all conditions. To learn more about Doyle’s One Design sails call 800-94-DOYLE or visit

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