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Overthrow the Status Quo

Doyle Stratis sails are now onboard Team Sanya for the Volvo Ocean Race and Team Korea in the AC 45’s. These projects along with the IRC Mini Maxi Shockwave are proving that Doyle Stratis outperforms the competition in the highest arenas.  

Are you ready to break with the status quo and gain the advantage of Doyle Stratis to power your program?

Listen to Doyle’s Head Designer Richard Bouzaid, Team Korea’s Captain Chris Draper and Brett Bakewell-White, Team Korea’s Design and Technical Director discuss the relationship between Team Korea and Doyle Sailmakers.


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If You Excel Under Pressure, Stratis Can Put You in a Prime Position

Team Sanya 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race powered by Stratis © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

It’s been a very exciting few months at Doyle Sailmakers loft in Auckland, New Zealand as they start seeing the on-the-water race results of their Stratis sail development progam currently in two of the world’s most significant yachting events – the America’s Cup and the Rolex Volvo Ocean Race.

After months of design and perfecting the engineering process to create these leading edge new generation Stratis Grand Prix race sails, the sails have finally been put to the test on the race course with significant results.

First up, the newcomers in the AC45,’s Team Korea sporting Stratis on their striking White Tiger skippered by Chris Draper, set their cat among the pigeons by coming second in the 500 meter speed trials behind Emirates Team New Zealand, then put the icing on the cake by beating Oracle’s Russell Coutts in their Match race. They finished a creditable fourth in the series.

After initial scepticism from their fellow competitors for breaking from the rest of the fleet and choosing Stratis sails, the overwhelming feeling from the Korean team was that they were very fast and they’ve stuck with their decision.

Chris Draper has requested a further set of Stratis sails from Doyle for the upcoming series in Plymouth.

Team Korea and Oracle Racing - Cascais Day 6 -  Gilles Martin-Raget-www.americascup.com

Meanwhile, Mike ‘Moose’ Sanderson, skippering Team Sanya has completed the Fastnet utilizing a full set of Stratis. Here it is from the Moose’s mouth:

"They went on, they fitted nicely and most importantly, whether we are right or wrong with regards to the choosing of the concepts, they looked exactly how we expected and hoped!!

For Team Sanya to be a success and be the campaign that ‘punches above its weight’ in all areas, we really had to make sure that we as a loft and as a sail program had done our homework. The Volvo 70 as a boat is now on it’s fourth generation, so all in all they are well developed. What does throw a proverbial spanner in the works for this race is the fact that two downwind sails and one jib has been taken out of the Inventory, so plenty to think about. Richard Bouzaid has done an excellent job with the designs, the laminations and engineering look fantastic and the attention to detail and the finesse that the guys have gone to with the finishing is better then anything I have seen in my 22 years of sail making."

The Fastnet also highlighted Leopard’s success with their Stratis mainsail as they finished with Line Honors in their division.

There’s a lot to look forward to for Team Sanya, White Tiger and Doyle’s Stratis development program as its reputation grows internationally.

Our success has created an opening for a Stratis ‘sails man’ who can walk the talk in top level racing project management. The position is based in Auckland, New Zealand and offers huge potential.
To find out more about this position and where Stratis can take you, get in touch with Chris McMaster at Doyle Sailmakers New Zealand.

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Sanya Specifies Stratis Sails from Doyle

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Sanya Specifies Stratis Sails from Doyle

Stratis GPx sails from Doyle Sails New Zealand have been chosen to power Team Sanya around the globe in the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Mike Sanderson, skipper of Team Sanya and director of Doyle Sails New Zealand; “It was an easy decision for Team Sanya to make, notwithstanding the fact that I have a boot in both camps!

“The tremendous results that we are achieving with Stratis sails now in terms of both performance and durability certainly give me a lot of confidence and comfort going into the race. The Team and I will be working with Richard Bouzaid and the rest of the Doyle Sails design team in New Zealand to develop the optimum wardrobe for the race. The sail programme has been made all that much harder for this lap compared to any of my others because the boats will be carrying so few sails on board and they get replaced less frequently as well!”

Mike Sanderson’s sailing CV certainly makes him very well qualified to make a rational decision on sails to match the task ahead. Being a sailmaker by trade, having wins in two previous Volvo Ocean races as well as transatlantic and 24 hr speed records under his belt, Mike knows that as well as being fast, the sails have to be engineered and built with an extreme level of durability, particularly as sail wardrobes are so limited for the race.

“I think that the properties of Stratis make it ideal for the application, and with the practical expertise of the design team behind us, we are very excited about taking delivery of our first set of sails.”

 

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