ABOUT THIS LOFT
Col has been continuously involved in the sailmaking industry for over 48 years, since starting his apprenticeship with Prior sails. An Australian Championship win in the International Cadet Class in 1964 was followed in 1979 by winning the Australian Quarter Ton Title. Col developed a passion for offshore sailing after sailing in the 1973 Sydney Hobart race on Banjo Paterson, and as sail maker and trimmer on Police Car in the winning Australian team for the 1979 Admirals Cup, Col also sailed in the horrific Fastnet Race that year. After being introduced to sailing great Lou Abrahams, and becoming his sail maker, a long term association started, which led to 15 Sydney Hobart's (2 wins and a second), 2 Admirals Cups and 6 Kenwood Cups. Col sailed another 17 Sydney Hobart's with several other owners including Syd Fischer and Howard de Torres, adding another second and a third overall.
When not offshore sailing, Col has continued to race competitively on Port Phillip Bay in various classes, including Yachting World Diamonds, Classic yachts, Couta Boats and he is currently sailing on the Beneteau 45 Reverie in IRC Division 1 of the Club Marine series.
Bruce Taylor, Owner of Chutzpah (Reichel Pugh 40)
The Chutzpah team has had a 35-year-long relationship with Col Anderson and more recently Blake Anderson at their Doyle loft in Melbourne.
Over that period 8 yachts have been built in the 34-40 foot range aimed at bay and ocean racing on the Australian sea board. Most have been one-off designs requiring significant initial input into the sail plan from the loft and subsequent ongoing sail development.
The yachts have been highly successful in all forms of racing with multiple podium finishes including a record eleven divisional wins in the Sydney to Hobart race along with a raft championships locally on Port Philip. The current Chutzpah us a Reichel Pugh 40 which last year established a new record for the fastest time in the Hobart race for yachts under 12.5 metres and was the overall winner in the 2018 Sydney Gold Coast Race against Australia's premier fleet. These recent results can be largely attributed to the developments in the latest generation of Doyle's reaching and running sails.
In over 30 years of ocean sailing covering tens of thousands of miles we have never experienced an overt sail failure from the Anderson at the Doyle Melbourne loft; a truly remarkable record.
Jason Close, Owner of J133
The quality Doyle's products are excellent having had the same type of sails on my previous boat for 4 years. Customer experience is also very good , a lot of time was put into our design by Doyle sails to ensure we achieved our desired result of fast sails and a sail plan that meets our desired IRC rating.