Close competition for Maxi 72’s at the 2021 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Doyle Sails is no stranger to high-performance sailing and the intense attention to detail required to deliver sails to one of the most competitive fleets on the planet, the Maxi 72s.

Dario Ferrari’s ‘Cannonball’ took first place on the podium after five races. The fleet lived up to its expectations providing close racing, with numerous lead changes and race winners throughout the regatta. This year Cannonball showcased their 2019 Quantum Stratis* inventory in all of its glory alongside their 2019 Doyle Sails Cableless Code Zero, which was quick to make an appearance on the reaching legs of the coastal races. A real testament to the design and quality of the sail construction that the sailmaking pair showcased.

Cannonball finished ahead of Vesper in 2nd position, with Doyle powered Proteus and Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente finishing 3rd and 4th.

As always, the Maxi 72 fleet boasts a significant number of Doyle sails throughout the fleet. Perhaps the most notable mentions are Bella Mente and George Sakellaris’ Proteus –  who continue to innovate and develop within the class to ensure each season is better than the last.

Results like this raise the profile and credibility of the Doyle Sails brand and the technology behind it. It is a step-by-step process that continues to prove itself on the Maxi72 circuit, where Doyle Sails CEO Mike Sanderson’s involvement with the Bella Mente programme saw Doyle making steady inroads. ‘On the strength of Bella Mente, Proteus and Momo (now Cannonball) followed and all achieved success at the Maxi Worlds,’ Sanderson affirms. ‘You do not have to look back very far to a time when Doyle wasn’t even getting opportunities to submit proposals for major campaigns,’ he says. ‘Now, it is a very different landscape. People have a choice, and we are part of that choice. ‘Getting these results brings us to the attention of people who might not have considered Doyle Sails for their performance superyacht, or a new Code Zero, or a Structured Luff headsail. More and more, we are seen as a serious player in the Grand Prix and Superyacht arenas.’**

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, a pinnacle of the international racing calendar, frequented by the who’s who of yacht racing, and without a doubt, delivered the spectacular racing we have come to expect from this event.  

For complete results and imagery, click here.

*Designed by Jordi Calafat/Quantum and built by Doyle Stratis in New Zealand

**Excerpt is taken from Seahorse magazine in 2019; entire article here.

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