The Sydney TP52 scene’s most recent addition, Matador, has claimed both the IRC and TPR handicaps at the TP52 Gold Cup Act II regatta held during the first weekend of May 2021.
The grand prix racer owned by David Doherty was competing in just its second official regatta after posting a promising fourth on IRC and third on TPR at last month’s Gold Cup Act I held during SailFest Newcastle.
Light winds were served up early on both days with the Matador crew able to take full advantage of the conditions. While many of their competitors made crucial fumbles, Matador‘s consistency paid off with the team claiming podium positions in all four races leading to the ultimate win. Matador took delivery of a Doyle Sails Structured Luff J1 prior to the regatta, which proved its worth, giving Matador additional performance during the sails debut, right out of the bag.
Other TP52s on the start line were Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban and Tony Kirby’s Patrice finishing second and third respectively on IRC while Matt Donald & Chris Townsend’s Gweilo and Gordon Ketelbey’s Zen placed second and third respectively on TPR.
ABOUT STRUCTURED LUFF // In the Grand Prix and Superyacht market, Doyle Sails’ has triggered a key change in design, delivering breakthrough technology. Doyle Sails innovative approach has not only provided a new generation of high-performance sails, but started a revolution that looks set to have a far greater knock-on effect into Cruising, Racing and Multihull’s. So significant are the developments, that there are many reasons that the Structured Luff technology could transform how yachts are designed and built. At the heart of this development is changing the manner in which load in the luff of a sail is distributed and by reducing luff sag it allows the sail to achieve more driving force.