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Relative Obscurity Wins J/70 World Championship

Relative Obscurity 2017 J/70 Worlds

The 2017 J/70 World Championship was one the largest and most competitive One Design regattas of the year, with 161 boats racing haling from 24 different countries.  With many of the top sailors in the world competing, the racing was incredibly close throughout the regatta hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.  After the racing had concluded, it was American Peter Duncan, sailing with Doyle’s own Jud Smith, Victor Diaz de Leon and Willem van Waay, that came away with the victory. Over the course of six races, the team never placed worst than third and won three races, finishing with a 15 point margin over runner-up Brian Keane (USA).

Relative Obscurity 2017 Worlds_2“Awesome! Top of the world!” exclaimed Peter Duncan dockside at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. “It is a great feeling, I have sailed with some great guys, we had a great event, and everything seemed to go our way, it was just one of those weeks. It is hard to put into words how I feel like now, but this was just exceptional. This fleet has some really great talent, and the organizers, and the yacht club have done such an amazing job. Most of all I want to credit the crew, Victor, Jud, Willem, have been just fantastic.”

With numerous General Recalls, Black Flag in play, and a full on foam up. The Audi J/70 World Championship had a thrilling climax to remember for years to come. With sparkling sunshine, a significant sea state, and a warm westerly breeze, piping up to a ballistic 30 knots, the world’s largest championship sportsboat fleet enjoyed a fantastic finale.

Relative Obscurity 2017 Worlds_5The team on Relative Obscurity has sailed together for most of 2017, and worked hard in preparation earlier this year.  In 2017, the team has won the J/70 Italian Nationals, Newport Regatta, and Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, in addition to taking third at the J/70 European Championships.  Jud Smith, head of Doyle One Design, has been intimately involved with the team, and for the World’s the team was using Doyle latest J/70 Class Sails: M2 Cross Cut Main, J6R Bi-Radial Jib and AP Class Spinnaker.

To learn more about Doyle’s J/70 Sails, please visit here.

For Complete Regatta Results, please visit here.

 

Relative Obscurity Rules J70 Class at Bacardi Miami Race Week

Peter Duncan, with Relative Obscurity crew consisting of Moose McClintock, Willem van Waay, and Victor Diaz DeLeon, won the J70 class at the 2017 Bacardi Miami Sailing week, with a six point lead and two bullets. Peter told us they elected to race the event with previously used upwind sails, thinking it would be too light to put on a crisp new jib. (It did end up being below planing conditions in the 5-9 range in all but the last race.) They were pleased at how clean the competition was with the 2nd and 3rd place boats; despite how tough and close the racing was during the event. Victor said, “We focused on being conservative throughout the regatta because we thought we had a speed edge. We emphasized having good starts in low density areas to get out clean and have options.” In his usual way, he wrapped up with a sociological overview, “With the different ages and personalities on board, our team has a good mix of wisdom, experience, athleticism and spunk.”

On-board Relative Obscurity high-res pro spunk selfie

Each member of the team unanimously agreed that their downwind speed was excellent and it was mentioned that it saved them from some potentially tough beats by allowing them to be near the leaders at the leeward gates. Willem, who was part of teams placing 2,1,2 in the last three World’s, had high praise for the latest spinnaker design, “I knew that the upwind sails were very fast from sailing next to the Doyle boats over the last 2 years, but I wasn’t sure about how the kite would fair. I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that the kite was a rocket in all conditions. In practice, we had an edge in the planing conditions, and in the regatta, we had an edge in displacement. The kite was very easy to trim and I could feel from the beginning that it had excellent pull and power through the range. With other coaches videoing us, it didn’t go unnoticed.  Our technique and communication was great, but something was also special about that kite: Looking forward to sailing more with it.”

Duncan sporting Grey Doyle Main & new jib on Practice Day

For those of you in the J70 circuit this winter, you may have noticed a few grey sails on the race course, including on Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity. Jud Smith, our head of One Design, headed up this initiative, saying, “After extensive development work, we are pleased with the results of the new Grey finished Dacron.  While the look is certainly different, it’s not just a dye, but an improved resin finishing process designed to produce a firmer cloth that will hold its shape longer and through a greater wind range, and further increases the durability of the core fibers in the cloth.  Particularly for One Design classes that relay on a smaller number of sails, having a lightweight sail that meets the class rules but also holds its shape better is a real advantage.” Both the Doyle main and the jib are now produced out of this improved fabric. The Doyle main design was developed as cross cut and has remained so from the outset, being found superior to our competitors’ radial designs. Though others are finally catching on, we know our years of experience perfecting this layout will allow our customers to continue to shine.

Bacardi Race Results

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Feel free to contact our head of One Design:

Jud Smith: jsmith@doylesails.com