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Charleston Race Week Wrap Up

Charleston Race Week has quickly become one of the largest Regattas in the US, held annually in mid-April. This year Doyle was well represented, winning both the Viper 640 and Ultimate 20 Classes, and taking a close second in the hotly competitive J/70 Class.  The One Design fleets got in eight races over two days before racing was called off prior to start time on Sunday due to high winds. Vipers had 33 boats and J/70 had the largest fleet of 55 boats.

Viper 640:

Viper 640 Jackpot

Jackpot Sailing Downwind at Charleston Race Week 2013

For the second regatta in a row, Brad Boston and his team of Lee Shuckerow & Eric Vigrass sailed Jackpot to a win.  The win was impressive considering the regatta featured some serious breeze on Friday.  With a 33-boat fleet, the teams worst race was a 5, giving them a close win in a very competitive event.  This is now the 4th year in a row that Doyle powered boats have won Charleston Race Week.

Ultimate 20:

In the Ultimate 20 fleet, both BJ Jones and Brad Lawson utilized full Doyle Inventories to take first and second in the class.  Doyle began producing Ultimate 20 sails in 2006 and has been successful ever since.  Doyle-powered boats have won the U20 class at Charleston Race Week for three years in a row now, in addition to numerous North American and Regional championships.


Friday featured puffy and fresh 10-25 + knot south winds which made for some challenging races.  Much of the time the upper level winds were mixing down to the surface with big puffs and full planing conditions.  Upwind required heavy air tuning and  trim techniques  in the big blasts.  On Course 2 the left side generally paid off on the windward legs especially near the windward mark.  Downwind was more about finding the pressure lanes to stay planing.  Getting consistent good starts and having the speed to hold a lane to the favored left side was what paid off.  Boats that got flushed to the right off after the start missed the port tack lefties on second half of the beat and the leaders would then get away on the runs.J70 Upwind Charleston

Saturday featured lighter 7- 15 knots  N – NE winds and some big velocity and wind shifts throughout the day.  The currents although always a factor were not as critical a play as the shifts and velocity.  Although the right pressure would fill in on a few beats on course 2  there was some good lefty pressure on the top of the beat on most legs.  Because of the incoming tide the fleet spent a lot of the beat on port tack and once again it paid to be fast and high on the boats nearby and win the one on one battles.  The wind lightened gradually during the day which required easing the rig between races.

Jud Smith , Doyle One Design Manager , sailed Peter Duncan’s , J/70 “Relative Obscurity” with team Tom Blackwell, Greg Marie and Quinn Ziatyk to a consistent 2nd place overall with all but one top 4 finish.  Tim Healy and his team won the regatta by 2 points.  Henry Filter and his team on Wild Thing was 3rd overall.

Peter Vessella and his team placed 9th overall sailing their first regatta with Doyle One Design sails.  Michael Glover, with Collin Kirby, Reese Wilkins and Robby Wilkins, sailing their first J/70 regatta on “Lucy”, were the third Corinthian finishers.

Many of the same teams will be racing at Annapolis NOOD in early May.

Relative Obscurity at CRW Awards

Jud Smith, Quinn Ziatyk, Tom Blackwell and Greg Marie after placing second at Charleston Race Week.

We have updated the tuning guide and some other notes on the J/70 which can be found here.

Below is a video of Jud Smith and crew leading the fleet around the leeward mark – quite a good feeling in a 55-boat fleet!

2012 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week

Shockwave wins IRC Division 2012 Charleston Race Week

Shockwave wins IRC Division 2012 Charleston Race Week

The 2012 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week was held April 19-22. In its 16th year, Charleston Race Week was the biggest it has ever been – with 257 boats.

George Sakellaris’ Mini Maxi Shockwave with a full Doyle Stratis inventory won the IRC division at the 2012 Charleston Race Week, winning 7 of the 8 races. At 72-feet, Shockwave is the largest boat to date to enter Charleston Race Week and benefited greatly from Doyle’s in-depth CFD analysis.

In the first ever 40-boat Viper 640 fleet, Doyle finished 1-2. Jason Carroll and team on Argo sailed a great event to win the class, with Doyle’s Brad Boston and team on Jackpot finishing in 2nd. This is the 3rd year in a row that Doyle sails have powered the winner of the Viper 640 Class at Charleston Race Week.

Doyle sails dominated the Ultimate 20 class with all boats powered by Doyle sails. Keith Ziegler just beat out BJ Jones to finish 1-2. Ziegler and Jones finished with 11 and 12 points respectively, trading 1st and 2nd place finishes in each race.

Jay Rhame's Viper 640

Congratulations to Gary Weisberg and team on J/109 Heat Wave for their 2nd place finish in the PHRF C Division.

All the winning Doyle Sails were designed and crafted in North America. Call your local Doyle loft and start winning.


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Brad Boston Wins 2011 Charleston Race Week Trophy

Charleston Race Week 2011Charleston Race Week 2011 was held April 14-17, 2011. Brad Boston’s Jackpot won the Viper 640 class, a strong 25-boat fleet, and went on to win the Charleston Race Week Trophy. The Charleston Race Week Trophy is awarded annually to the skipper who wins in the most competitive one-design class. This is the second year in a row that Doyle sails have won the Charleston Race Week Trophy

In the Ultimate 20 class, Doyle customers came in 1st and 3rd. Jim Pearson’s Slippery won the class and Peter Marriott’s Zulu came in 3rd.

2011 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week is an event of South Carolina Maritime Foundation and Charleston Ocean Racing Association. All profits from the event support educational programs aboard the Spirit of South Carolina, a traditional tall ship serving South Carolina’s youth.

For more information on Doyle Viper sails, click here.

For more information on Doyle Ultimate 20 sails, click here.

Or for either class contact Brad Boston at 519-344-5236,

2011 Charleston Race Week Results

Tac Boston Wins Ultimate 20 North Americans

The 2009 Ultimate 20 North American Championship was hosted by the Nepean Sailing Club and sailed on Lac Deschenes. 8 races were sailed with 1 throwout. Tac Boston sailing Honour with crew Scott McNeill and Doug Nickel won the Ultimate 20 North Americans in Ottawa, continuing the Boston family’s winning streak. Tac’s younger brother, Brad, had won the title 5 consecutive times previously. While the Boston family has won the North Americans for the past 6 years, Doyle Boston sails powered the top 6 boats at this year’s North Americans. Congratulations to the Bostons and their customers!

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Report and Results

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2009 Sperry Top-Sider Detroit NOOD Regatta

The Sperry Top-Side Detroit NOOD Regatta was hosted by the Bayview Yacht Club, May 29-31, 2009. Congratulations to Doyle customers for another strong performance in the 2009 NOOD Regatta!

Division Place Yacht Name Owner
Catalina 27 1st Moxie Michael Polgar
2nd Intense Relaxation Robert Duker
3rd Escape Bret Zimmerman
Cresent 2nd Mania David R. Keys
Express 27 3rd Das Boot Harald Kolter
Etchells 2nd Orange Whip Thomas Dawson
3rd La Tormenta Shannon Bush
J/120 1st Carinthia Frank Kern
2nd Hot Ticket Robert Kirkman
3rd Flyin’ Irish William Bresser
J/105 2nd Dirty Harry Harry Bloom
3rd Junto Morin and Rose
NA 40 1st Fast Tango Malcolm Prophit
2nd Velero VII John Barbour
3rd Seagoing John Seago
Ultimate 20 1st Honour Tac Boston
2nd Slippery Jim Pearson
3rd Wizz Van Sheppard
Level 123 1st Slapshot Tom Freeman
3rd Slo-poke Nikolas Lintunen
Beneteau 36.7 2nd First Today Gary Tisdale*
3rd Critical Claudio Martin
C&C 35 Mark 1 1st Gandalf Don Ragan
Cal 25 2nd Clytie Dale Marshall*
S2 7.9 1st Magic Joe/Jeff Pawlowski
3rd Relentless David Grover

Doyle Wins 4 Classes at 2008 St. Petersburg NOOD Regatta

The 2008 Sperry Top-Sider St. Petersburg NOOD Regatta was sailed in light air conditions. Father and son, Spike and Brad Boston both set records for most fleet wind at the St. Petersburg NOOD Regatta. Spike and his S2 7.9, Frequent Flyer, won his class and a fifth consecutive fleet title at the regatta. Brad sailed his Ultimate 20, Honour, to claim his fifth consecutive fleet title.

Brad, with six firsts and one second, finished 12 points ahead of rival sailor Jim Pearson of Wheatley, Ontario. Spike finished 3 points ahead of the Pawlowski family of New York and Florida. The top 4 finishers in the U20 and the top 5 finishers in the S2 class use Doyle Boston sails. Both Spike and Brad have several National titles between them and together. The family owns Doyle Boston Sailmakers in Point Edward, Ontario, Canada.

Congratulations to Damian Emery and his crew on Eclipse for winning the J/105 class. Justin Scott and his crew on Husker won the Viper 640 class.

Complete Results

Boston’s to Battle for Share of St. Pete NOOD Record