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The 2015 Viper North Americans, held in Larchmont, NY, was not only the largest Viper regatta to date but also the largest sport boat competition in North America to date. With 53 boats, this four day event was extremely competitive with a good mixture of conditions – light the first day and puffy the next three. As it was blowing from the shore, it would sometimes be blowing twenty and other times six knots, catching a lot of competitors off guard. Doyle Sailmakers’ Brad Boston on team Jackpot came out on top for his fifth North American Championship win.
With his longtime crew of Curtis Florence and Luke Lawrence, Brad Boston won four races and placed second twice to accrue 45 points after twelve races. As a recent interview on Scuttlebutt mentioned, Brad’s program is all about Keeping it Affordable and Keeping it Fun, “on and off the water, from the time we wake up until we fall asleep.” Not only is the class itself designed to be affordable, Doyle Boston makes sure that they offer value in the sails they provide to the class – delivering both performance and durability.
Doyle has been very involved in the class for many years and therefore keep the designs and materials up to date. The consistency of the results that Doyle Sails have achieved are the result of ongoing sail development and incremental improvements as feedback from customers is received. For the North Americans this year, Brad used the latest set of Flex 16 upwind sails and a Dynakote spinnaker (a slippery nylon fabric which is great for coming in and out of the sock quickly).
The team at Doyle Boston Sailmakers not only get out there and win competitions, but make sure to share their knowledge with whoever is willing to listen. Brad, Tac Boston, and Chris Jay offered a week long tuning before the event, available to everyone. Their consistant involvement not only benefits other competitors but ensures that the class continues to grow and remains competitive.
More information about Doyle’s Viper sails can be found here.
Final results can be found here here
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This years Bacardi Miami Sailing Week featured some of the top international talent competing in a number of the most exciting One Design Classes. At the end of the Regatta, Doyle One Design customers came away with wins in the Star and Viper Classes, and secured a second place finish in the new J/70 class after a unfortunate start to the regatta.
Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih got off to a rough start with an OCS in race one but, after five days of racing, were able to rebound with wins in the last two races to take home the Bacardi Cup. The regatta saw a wide range of conditions forcing teams to constantly adjust, making the win that much more satisfying against some of the Star class’ top competitors. “Winning the Cup again means a lot to me; it’s really great because winning any big Star regatta is not easy at all! I am very happy to have had Brian with me. He is a great crew and wanted to have his name on the Tito Bacardi trophy. The Bacardi Cup is a great event and now, with the addition of all the other classes, it’s even more satisfying.”
The regatta was also the debut of Doyle’s latest Star mainsail design, a new bi-radial cut which until now has not been proven in the Star class. After months of development, the new layout shows improved shape-holding through a wide range of conditions, in addition to being easily tuned. Jud Smith, head of Doyle One Design explains that “we moved to just two sections in the sail, each made up of radial panels. There are a number of benefits that we have realized – the radial bottom section helps handle the transition from the deepest parts of the sail into the clew smoothly while at the same time the radial gores in the clew help support the mast down low giving it a more even mast bend. Along the leech, the two radial sections essentially act as a catenary and evenly distribute the leech load.” The result is a very smooth, tunable sail that can perform in a wide variety of conditions.
In the competitive Viper Class, Brad Boston, Eric Vigrass and Shannon Bush sailing as Team Jackpot were able to win the regatta by winning 3 of the last 4 races, giving them a solid victory in a hotly contested class. Despite trailing early in the regatta, the strong finish helped them jump past some other past champions in the class. The sails he utilized were the standard Doyle sails that have proven durable and easy to trim for a number of years now.
The J70 fleet of 20 boats got in 9 races over 3 bright sunny days on Biscayne Bay for Bacardi Miami Race Week March 7-9. After just one shortened light air race the first day, the breeze filled in for the last two days, blowing 6-15 knots to get in 8 races. Eight of the twenty boats did not make the time limit in the first race when the wind shut off which was an unfortunate starting point for many of the contenders. Saturday featured a NW to NE wind that gradually built to 10 -12 knots as it shifted to the right. Sunday the NE breeze shifted right again during the morning race 7 before settling in from the E-NE with some puffs that featured one planing leg.
Going into the final day of racing both Brian Keane and Will Welles had a commanding lead over the pack and appeared unreachable. There was still a group of 4 boats with a realistic shot at a podium finish. The race committee hailed that they were going to attempt to sail three races that day. Doyle customers Peter Duncan, Mark Ploch and Amy Neill started strong on the final day, rounding the first mark 1, 2 and 3. Brian Keane just beat out Ploch to win and Duncan got third after being caught on the persistent shift on the run. Wells caught back up to 8th but that still gave Keene a big cushion going into the last two races.
Off the line on Race 8 the usual suspects were in the front row but Wells was OCS and had to go back. Duncan and Neill were 1,2 at the first mark again and Duncan held onto win Race 8 with Keane second allowing him to clinch the regatta win. Welles was unable to get back in contention and sailed his throw-out. Going into the final race Duncan was only one point behind Wells with four boats within 5 points of second. So 2nd – 5th overall came down to the last race.
At the start of race 9, the wind shifted left and the fleet tacked onto port on a big lefty. Wells rounded 6th with Duncan in 7th. The fleet planed off on starboard for the first half of the run which allowed Duncan to get inside of Wells and jibe to windward. Duncan covered Wells on the second beat and run to the finish to clinch second place on a tie breaker.
Amy Neill sailing “Nightmare” from Chicago with Rich Sterns , John Baxter and Zach Mason had two 6th place finishes on the last day to clinch a 13th overall. This was Amy’s first time ever steering or skippering any boat in any regatta. Amy used the same Doyle One Design sails as Duncan and Ploch and showed some of the greatest upwind speed straight out of the blocks.
Congratulations all around on a competitive 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.
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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
Brad Boston on Lee Shuckerow’s Jackpot beat 24 other boats to win the Viper 640 New England Championship held in Newport, RI during BACARDI® Newport Sailing Week Presented by EFG Bank. The 25-boat fleet competed in 7 races with 1 throw-out over Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, 2012.
Doyle sails were the fastest on the Viper 640 course, winning 6 of the 7 races and placing 1st, 2nd, and 4th overall. Team Jackpot had 2 race wins, while two Doyle boats, Argo and Pink Storm, also had two wins each.
Jason Carroll and Paul Zimmerman on Argo finished 2nd overall, just 1 point behind Team Jackpot. Barry Parkin and Team Pink Storm finished in 4th place.
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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.
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.
Charleston 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.
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