One Design expert Andrew Brown on designing sails for youth sailors

Winning sailors know that when boats are identical, sails become the major opportunity to gain a performance advantage. Doyle Sails utilises a computational simulation environment to engineer sails that are faster out of the bag, easier to trim and maintain their designed shape through a greater wind range. Recently Doyle Sails One Design expert Andrew Brown, spoke about what he enjoys most when working with one design sailors and in particular the future sailors. Andrew comments “I always enjoy when clients get in touch about their newly designed Doyle Sails. This is the 2nd time the Palmer family from Christchurch (South Island, New Zealand) have worked with us on developing a brand new design for the class.

“The first sail that we worked on together was an Optimist sail for an ultra small skipper – this then became the “Orange” sail which is a weapon of a sail and the sail of choice to a number of small Opti kids. It started off as a one of a kind “Pink” sail; but was so good it ended up being a production sail.

“This second sail we have worked together on is the P Class Black+ sail. It is for the stronger more experienced P Class sailors and after moving through thorough testing in Charteris Bay, Christchurch and in Auckland combined with the feedback we’ve received from the Palmer family – it looks like our by sailors, for sailors approach continues to work well. It is really great to also see a good number of sailors out on Lyttleton Harbour being put through their paces by the Charteris Bay Yacht Club Coaches!

“As the saying goes – ïf you can sail a P Class, you can sail anything”.

ABOUT ANDREW BROWN // Originally from Christchurch, Andrew Brown is the holder of 13 national titles in dinghy racing, and represented New Zealand at the 2004 Olympics in the International 470 Class. He currently undertakes contract coaching for the Yachting New Zealand’s NZL Sailing Team, as well as coaching locally and internationally and running local yacht club programmes in Auckland as well as being part of a long term commitment by Doyle Sails to the One Design market. Andrew is supported by One Design expert designer Andrew Lechte, who is based out of Australia and focuses primarily on the strengthening of the global One Design division.

BUY SAILS ONLINE // All three sails and Optimist accessories are available for purchase here.

ABOUT DOYLE SAILS // Around the world, Doyle Sails has over 500 sailmakers, in 46 different locations all equally passionate about sailing – living and breathing our ethos ‘Global Leaders and Local Experts.’

As sailors, our obsession with sailing connects us to the water. The water is our playground, a sanctuary where we seek enjoyment, a competitive playing field where we race as competitors; it’s sometimes our home, and always a place that unlocks our sense of adventure wherever that adventure might take us. Behind every adventure is a Doyle sailor who shares this same obsession as you. We put your journey at the very heart of what we do to deliver the ultimate enjoyment and performance, powering our constant need to push the boundaries in sail design and innovation, to reimagine sailing.

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