Halbtrocken 4.5 win first race of the Alexela ORC World Championships in Estonia

Halbtroken 4.5 win first race of the Alexela ORC World Championships in Estonia. The first race has seen crews battling a range of conditions for 24 hours during their first 200 mile offshore race. Conditions were varied with portions of the race reaching in twenty knots to sailing upwind in tricky, light airs. Halbtrocken 4.5, powered by Doyle Sails, secured first place in Class A, over TP52 Outsider in second by a margin of 9 minutes and 45 seconds and Imagine in third place by 27 minutes on corrected time.

Photo Credit: Janis Spurdzins // Alexela ORC Worlds 2021
Photo Credit: Janis Spurdzins // Alexela ORC Worlds 2021

The Halbtrocken 4.5 crew is a semi-professional team mostly under 35, with one professional sailor on board in a coaching position to help the whole team develop their skill-set and raise the level as they look forward to the many upcoming events on the calendar. Grand Prix expert and sailor from Doyle Sails Palma, Luke Molloy is onboard with the Halbtrocken team for the ORC World Championships.

The Mills 45 is an offshore-orientated, purebred racing yacht, previously known as “Concubine“ from Australia. The yacht was shipped to Germany ready to take part in their first season sailing of 2020 under their new Halbtrocken Sailing Team profile. With the season cut short by a global pandemic, plans were put in place for the 2021 season with the ORC Worlds at the forefront.

With Doyle Sails, the advantages begin with having a sailor and sailing expert join the team and in this case it was a combination of Doyle Sails Palma and Doyle Sails Northern Germany experts and Grand Prix sailors Luke Molloy, Tammo Baldszun and Holger Lehning, who ensured that the sails from concept to delivery were at the highest level. The large emphasis is put on the design process at the beginning of the project, with a proven track record for showing results as Doyle Sails experts become involved from day one. The Halbtrocken Sailing team has adopted the latest Doyle Sails technology, involving a tight knit group of designers, sailmakers, and the sailing team and utilising the game changing Structured Luff technology to improve performance, handling and speed.

Photo Credit: Janis Spurdzins // Alexela ORC Worlds 2021
Photo Credit: Janis Spurdzins // Alexela ORC Worlds 2021
Photo Credit: Janis Spurdzins // Alexela ORC Worlds 2021
Photo Credit: Janis Spurdzins // Alexela ORC Worlds 2021
Photo Credit: Janis Spurdzins // Alexela ORC Worlds 2021
Photo Credit: Janis Spurdzins // Alexela ORC Worlds 2021

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