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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

Doyle Places 9 out of Top 10 at Rhodes 19 East Coast Champs 2015

A high five between the skipper and his trimmer’s son on bow captured on camera says it all for the winners of the Rhodes-19 East Coast Champs. Charlie Pendleton, Jim Raisides, and Jack Raisides on team Bight Me take top honors at this Manchester, MA event, powered by Doyle Sails. Pendleton mentioned that young Jack was, “put to work on foredeck and could be seen flying the spinnaker in the last race.”

High Five! Photo by Blake Jackson of Marblehead Studios

High Five! Photo by Blake Jackson of Marblehead Studios

Jim Raisides was kind enough to give us an overview of the event, even giving a shout out to their humble sailmakers. (Thanks!) The results do speak for themselves with Doyle Sails placing 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 in the event.

“There was a lot of anticipation for this year’s East Coast Championships mostly because of the venue at the Manchester Yacht Club.  It had been 25 years since Manchester had last hosted a Rhodes 19 event, surprising considering the huge Rhodes fleet in the harbor.

Twenty three boats raced the three day event with competitors coming from as far away as Chicago.  The competition was tough with three former National Championship winners and multiple East Coast Champions in the fleet.

All three days produced similar conditions, flat seas in light 5-10 knot breezes that began as a northerly and clocked right to an easterly.  Not as easy as it sounds, as the breeze was extremely shifty and included a lot of left oscillations that paid dividends up the course even though the predominate shift was right.

These conditions made it difficult for the race committee, but MYC and PRO Conway Felton ran a fantastic regatta with each race a fair test of sailing skill.  With the 23 boats over 8 races, there was only 2 general recalls, one “I” flag and no protests.

East Coast Champions on Bight Me. Photo by Blake Jackson of Marblehead Studios

East Coast Champions on Bight Me. Photo by Blake Jackson of Marblehead Studios

Charlie Pendleton, Jim Raisides and son Jack Raisides took this year’s top honors with 15 points posting 5 firsts including 3 on the first day. Dru Slattery and crew Linda Epstein were consistently quick across the regatta placing second with 31, followed in third by Jamie Holley sailing with his wife Janice and son Cameron. Doyle sails were on 9 of the top 10 boats!”

We’re realizing again and again, the Rhodes 19 is a fun fleet, with Pendleton mentioning in the class newsletter, “Shannon Lane and Charlie Thomas put on a great show, end to end.  When was the last time we had a live band at a Rhodes event!?”

Bight Me Wins Rhodes 19 National Championship

R19_LogoIn a toughly contested regatta, Charlie Pendleton, sailing with  Elise Mazareas and Renee Heffernan, won the 2013 Rhodes 19 National Championships hosted at Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans. Despite a very challenging first day of racing, Charlie, Elise and Renee came back with two incredible performances defeating the defending champions.

Rhodes 19

Pendleton had previously won the regatta in 2008, while Heffernan won the regatta in 2010.

Doyle One Design has always been active in the Rhodes 19 class, and the event marked the 21st time in the past 27 years that Doyle Sails have won the event.  While the results have been consistent, the sails have been continually improved and utilize the very best in modern sailcloth.

Rhodes 19 Virtual

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Atlantic Class Nationals Win and Marblehead Race Week Wins

All 4 One Atlantic Nationals

Photo Credit: Donna Pace

Congratulations to Bill Barton and his crew Peter Smith, Peter Duncan and Thomas Blackwell who recently won the Atlantic Nationals held at the Madison Beach Club.  Sailing with all Doyle Sails, this is the first time that Bill and his team have won the event.  The team have been sailing together for years and have roots at the American YC in Rye, NY where Bill grew up, and are active in the Etchells class as well.  The team finished with an impressive scoreline of 3,3,1,5,1, besting the competition by 2 points after sealing the regatta and sitting out the last race.

Since 1981, Bill has crewed on various Atlantics in Blue Hill Bay, Maine . He bought his Atlantic shortly after the 2008 Nationals. Over the next 3 to 4 years he picked away at re-rigging and updating all the gear during his vacation time in Maine but continued to crew for others, including his current middle man in this year’s event, Peter Smith of Morris Yachts. Due to commitments and priorities racing in the Etchells Class internationally, his boat languished until finally being ready in 2012 for the KYC Atlantic Nationals where he finished 5th.

Doyle One Design has been building and refining Atlantic sail development for the last 6 years, and their sails also won Nationals in 2011.  The Jib is designed for a looser headstay to improve tacking angles, and the main is optimized for a stiffer mast.  The combination has proven very fast in recent years.


Marblehead Race Week Re-Cap:

Doyle Sonar Sails MRW 2013

Photo Credit: Phil Smith

Marblehead Race Week just wrapped up, and featured four days of racing that saw a variety of conditions.  Doyle Sails performed well, winning the majority of the classes, and the overall title as well.

Doyle Etchells Sails MRW 2013

Photo Credit: Phil Smith

In the Sonar Class, Doyle sails took 1-3, led by Skip Shumway, who was also named Overall Winner of Race Week for winning its most competitive class.  Following behind Shumway were Larry Ehrhardt and Eric Voss.  Many in the fleet were gearing up for the upcoming Sonar World Championships to be held in Rochester, NY in September.

In the hotly competitive Rhodes 19 class, with 32 boats entered, Doyle Sails took home 1-8, with Ben Richardson winning over last years champions, Charlie Pendleton / Jim Raisides.

Tomas Hornos won the Etchells Class sailing Destiny, with Doyle boats also taking 3rd and 4th.  This is the first time that Hornos has won the Etchells class in Race Week, having previously won the Sonar class in 2011.  Crewing for Hornos were Luke Lawrence and Andy Casey from Florida.  Hornos was using a standard  AP main new MHL2 full version jib with dual jib track trimming designed for typical confused sea state in Marblehead and offshore Newport, in anticipation of the 2014 Worlds to be held in Newport.

The IOD class was won by Norm Cressy and Bruce Dyson sailing Gypsy.  Norm Cressy, who worked for Doyle until his retirement, has raced the last 65 Race Weeks, winning a number of them over the years.

Doyle IOD Sails MRW 2013

Photo Credit: Phil Smith

The Town Class was also won by Doyle sails, with Berit Solstad taking home the win after winning 6 of the 9 races.

In the J/70 Class, Jud & Cindy Smith took home second, while Tyler Doyle finished 4th.  The regatta was a good experience, with some more information on tuning and trim sorted out in Friday’s racing.



Ben Richardson Wins 2012 Rhodes 19 Nationals

The 2012 Rhodes 19 Nationals hosted by the New Bedford Yacht Club was held August 22-24. Congratulations to Ben Richardson and crew for winning the nine race championship. The fleet was very competitive fleet including several previous National Champions. Doyle boats took the first 4 places, with newcomer Frank McNamara in 2nd and Chris Murray in 3rd. Doyle boats took 8 of the top 10 spots.

Doyle Sailmakers was a proud sponsor of the 2012 Rhodes 19 Nationals at the New Bedford Yacht Club. On practice day, Doyle’s Jud Smith took photos of the fleet tuning up and provided advise after racing. View Jud’s photos from the practice day

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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
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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

    VIDEO: Ben Richardson Wins Rhodes 19 East Coasts

    Start of 3rd race

    The Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead and Rhodes 19 Fleet 5 hosted the Rhodes 19 East Coast Championship Regatta held Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24. Doyle sails swept the East Coasts, with Ben Richardson winning the 26-boat fleet.

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    Final Results