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Bella Mente 1st Home in 2011 Los Angeles to Hawaii Transpac

Hap Fauth, Ian Moore and Mike Sanderson

Bella Mente 1st home in Transpac with Doyle Sailmakers Mike Sanderson onboard.

Bella Mente, the 74 foot sloop owned and campaigned by Hap Fauth, left Los Angeles on July 8 at 1 p.m. and crossed the finish line off Diamond Head, Honolulu as dawn broke on July 15, winning the 2,225 mile Los Angeles to Hawaii Transpac 2011 and collecting the “Barn Door” awarded to the first fixed keel yacht home.

On board, at the office end, were Hap Fauth, Ian Moore and Mike Sanderson from Doyle Sailmakers New Zealand. The Reichel-Pugh designed Bella Mente had a few modifications made before the race start including a new rig, the canting keel made fast (for race eligibility), a bow sprit, and an extra 5 feet of waterline were added.

“The race was a mixed bag with a mushy spot in the middle which made tactics the game beater. But with a top speed of 25 knots reached no one is complaining about the boat’s performance,” said Mike “Moose” Sanderson.

Bella Mente 1st Home in 2011 Los Angeles to Hawaii Transpac

With another trophy on the mantlepiece, Moose will be returning to New Zealand to oversee his new Stratis sails being finalized at Doyle Sailmakers’ Auckland loft for his Team Sanya Volvo Ocean Challenge. Sea trials and race preparation will commence in August for the upcoming Fastnet Race.

Complete Results

Mike Sanderson Pushes Stratis Production Plant to Near Capacity

ICAP Leopard with Doyle Stratis MainICAP Leopard with Doyle Stratis Main

Production at Doyle New Zealand has been pushed to near capacity since Mike Sanderson became a very active part of the company in recent weeks. The grand prix side of the business has taken off with the design and production teams at full speed on major international projects.

Super-maxi Leopard 3, fitted with a new Stratis main for the Annapolis – Newport Race, continued on her successful road with an excellent third overall on IRC and a very satisfying result of a lead out of the Chesapeake of 10 miles.

Alex Thomson’s full new set of Stratis race sails for Hugo Boss is due for fitting next week for the European circuit. From Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson commented: "The team at Alex Thomson Racing are looking forward to the next generation Stratis sails arriving on board Hugo Boss. The design and backup that Doyle New Zealand provides has been fantastic and the input form Richard Bouzaid into this type of program is invaluable."

On top of that the very successful Reichel Pugh race boat Shockwave has also ordered Stratis sails for its forthcoming campaign.

Doyle New Zealand believes that the future for high tech sailing in New Zealand is going from strength to strength. Mike Sanderson comments, "The New Zealand marine industry is acknowledged as a world leader when it comes to developing technologies, and the 100% Kiwi owned and operated Doyle New Zealand Stratis facility is certainly a showcase example. High tech sail making in New Zealand is continuing to lead the industry, and I am excited to be able to combine my experience with the already successful team here. The efficiencies that have developed at the Stratis plant allow us to continue servicing our customers in the local markets where we also have a strong presence. We have some very very exciting projects in the pipeline so all in all exciting times."

Mike Sanderson Joins Forces with Doyle Sailmakers New Zealand

Doyle Sailmakers is pleased to announce the appointment of renowned world class sailing professional Mike Sanderson. Mike will be joining the team at the beginning of June 2011 as Director of Sales and Partner for the Doyle New Zealand and Sydney operation.

Doyle New Zealand’s Managing Director Chris McMaster comments, "We have achieved considerable growth in recent times and the development and ongoing R&D with Stratis puts us in an ideal position now to join forces with one of the most influential professionals in the world of sailboat racing. Mike’s experience and personality perfectly complement our business; this development will allow us to increase the pace of our expansion into the Grand Prix sailboat racing market.”

Mike Sanderson was ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year in 2006, a veteran of three America’s Cup campaigns and two times Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race winner.

Mike brings with him a wealth of experience having been involved on the technical side of sail programs and as part of the design and build teams for both Team ABN AMRO boats, as well as Skippering ABN AMRO One to one of the most convincing Volvo victories in the race’s history.

In addition, Mike has extensive Superyacht experience including the high profile race boats Mari Cha III and IV, which between them have dominated the Trans Atlantic Monohull record over the last twelve years.

Mike Sanderson and Head of Design, Richard Bouzaid, together present a formidable team with a huge amount of knowledge, skill and contacts in this field. Between them they have been involved at the premier level of America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Grand Prix racing, as well as local campaigns on both the technical side as well as in sailing capacities.

The knowledge base at Doyle Sailmakers with respect to design and sail making is now second to none, and combined with the high performance results being achieved by Stratis laminates, Doyle Sailmakers can continue to offer their customers the optimum sail product.

Doyle Sailmakers’ increasing share of the market can be credited to the success of the Stratis facility and the company’s continual commitment to innovation and advancing design.