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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.



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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Complete Results


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

Doyle 1-2 at 2011 Sonar Long Island Sound Championship

Doyle 1-2 at 2011 Sonar Long Island Soung Championship

The Sonar Long Island Sound Championship hosted by Manhasset Bay Yacht Club’s Fleet 11 and the US Merchant Marine Academy’s Fleet 22 was held on June 4-5, 2011. Six races were completed over the two days. Congratulations to Rick Dominique and his team sailing 652 Dominatrix for winning the regatta by one point over Spencer Powers. Both Rick and Spencer were powered by all Doyle sails.

Tomas Hornos of Doyle Sailmakers sailing with Spencer Power explains the conditions and the competition:

“On Saturday morning there was a light westerly which shut off as soon as the competitors reached the race course. After a few hours of waiting with tempuratures in the 80s, a 10 knot N/NE breeze filled in and the Race Committee quickly got the line set and marks in place. For the first race, the left was heavily favored at the start, gradually becoming an oscillating breeze. The second race was windier with puffs in the teens as dark clouds filled in. The final race of Saturday was lighter as wind continued to shift to the east, towards the mouth of the Long Island Sound. We had a nice long downwind sail with spinnakers into Manhasset Bay where each boat was given a mooring for the night.

“Sunday was quite different with much colder temps and a steady easterly breeze established at 10-12 as we sailed out. Sailing fast through the chop and finding pressure was key all day. As the day wore on, it got cloudier and breeze started to die. First two races were pretty similar with an oscillating breeze making consistent results difficult. The last race was sailed in less than five knots and down to 1 or 2 knots as we drifted into the finish.

"We used the same design sails Jud used at the North Americans which are really fast with max dimensions in jib and an easily trimmed main. We adjusted the forestay length, outer and inner shrouds and mast chalks constantly.

"The last race was close, pretty fluky, but we knew our main competition was Rick Dominique and Alex Meleney. We tried to stay with them, but we lost Rick on a bad shift and only finished one behind Meleney. It was hard to catch Rick after he got ahead because he did a good job of covering. Rick was sailing really fast and had the most consistent results."

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Photos from Sonar LIS Championship

Complete Results

Jud Smith Wins 2010 Sonar North American Championship

Over 30 Sonars competed in the 2010 Sonar North American Championship hosted by the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA. Jud Smith with Christian Giannini, Beannie Eissner and Lindsay Smith won the North Americans using new Doyle 2010 main and jib designs. Jud started the series strong with 3 wins in the first 4 races. After 11 races, Jud won the title with an 11 point margin.

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Complete results

Read more: Marblehead’s Jud Smith avenges close call to win Sonar North American Championship – Marblehead, MA – Marblehead Reporter

Silvestri Named 2010 Sperry Top-Sider Marblehead NOOD Regatta Overall Winner

2010 Marblehead NOOD RegattaOver 170 boats and over 1,000 sailors competed in the four-day-long Sperry Top-Sider Marblehead NOOD Regatta hosted by Boston Yacht Club July 22-25, 2010. After taking first place in the Sonar class, Russ Silvestri of San Francisco, California was 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 aboard Sunsail 39s.

There were 27-boat Sonar Class, Silvestri and crew John Collins, Julie Papanek, and Holt Conbon on Black Tulip entered the final day of racing in 5th place, but a 1st place finish in the final race ended the series in a three-way tie with Larry Ehrhardt and Sam Altreuter, defending Marblehead NOOD Sonar Class Champion and 2009 Marblehead NOOD Overall Winner. With a 1st in the final race, the tiebreaker went to Silvestri. Ehrhardt and Altreuter rounded out the top three, respectively. Silvestri is new to the Sonar class, this being only his second regatta. Russ was powered by all new 2010 Doyle main and jib designs.

In the J/105 class, congratulations to Doyle customers Fred Denapoli for his 2nd place finish, Kevin Colcord’s 3rd place finish, and Jon Wales’ 5th.

Doyle customers took the top 10 slots in the Rhodes 19 class. Charlie Pendleton and Jim Raisides defended their NOOD title, while Kim and Christina Pandapas took 2nd, and Chris Small finished 3rd. The 2010 Rhodes 19 Class National Championships takes place on August 18, 19 and 20 in Marblehead at the Corinthian Yacht Club.

In the Star Class, full Doyle inventories powered the Jud Smith and Tomas Hornos, finishing 1,2 respectively. A Doyle jib powered 3rd place finisher Ken Woods.

In the J-30 fleet, congratulations to Doyle customer Luke Buxton, competing with a Doyle Genoa. 2nd place finisher Ken Deyett used a full inventory of Doyle sails. The 2010 J/30 North Americans will be held August 6th, 7th and 8th in Marblehead, hosted by the Boston Yacht Club.

Complete Results

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Doyle Rhodes 19 Sails

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Doyle J/30 Sails

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.