Polish sailor Mateusz Kusznierewicz has not only claimed 2 Olympic medals in the Finn class, a Gold at the 1996 Games and a Bronze at the 2004 Games, but he has also won over 40 Internationals regattas in Finn, OK Dinghy, Star and won the prestigious ISAF Sailor of the Year award.
Doyle Sails were the sailmaker of choice for Kusznierewicz and his team of Przemyslaw Gacek, Ed Wright at the 5.5 Metre Alpen Cup at Circolo Vela Torbole late in April. The team rounded out the event with a 10-point lead over their competitors in the 8-race regatta.
In the Star Class the never-ending pursuit of excellence for Kusznierewicz continued, sailing with Bruno Prada for the 4 years they have well and truly sealed their place in the Bacardi Cup Hall of Fame with four back-to-back victories. Utilising the Doyle Sails One Design global team of experts they have conquered won each event from 2020 to 2023. It has been in this class that the development with Jud Smith and Tomas Hornos was an open line of valuable communication.
On the 5.5m “Aspire” Mateusz has utilized the revolutionary Structured Luff technology across the upwind suite of Stratis sails, working with Doyle Sails’ global team of designers the team have accredited the performance gains on the water to the fact that they have been able to make small developmental changes with the communication between all parties.
“We have enjoyed working with Will Alloway, he has allowed myself and our crew to have an open communication loop to provide feedback to the design team in Auckland, and the finishing of the sails is perfect” said Kusznierewicz “we have the confidence to race with new sails straight out of the bag, the cross-overs of sails are designed fit for purpose and are happy to make decisions on Jib and Kite changes across the conditions as they know their sails will be perfect.“
“We also have a film-film set of lighter sails which are exactly what we were looking for to accelerate and go through wind and waves “transitions”, they are reactive to adjustments of control lines and the distribution of the shape luff to leech and head to foot is very nice.” continues Kusznierewicz “They give great speed advantage”
“Its been great to work with the Aspire teams on both projects. After each regatta, we ensure there is a thorough debrief on the sails. This allows us to have a strong link between the designers and the sailors, creating the best product possible. Structured luff sails have allowed us to make a good step forward- especially in the 5.5m where the mast is very stiff. We are now able to pull a lot more Cunningham on the mainsail – increasing performance in the higher wind range” says Will Alloway
Kusznierewicz will launch his new Cape31 “Aspire” later in the season, sporting a Doyle wardrobe, which again has been worked up with Alloway and the Solent loft and designed with the Doyle global design team. The Cape31 Sails have been through the customer-focused design process with Jordi Calafat and Daniel Fong, these designs have won the recent Key West Race Week. Standard across Aspire’s Cape31 suite of headsails will be Stratis 1100 with carbon battens and Structured Luff.
Doyle Sails is a proud supporter of the Cape31 International Class Association and has worked with the sailors through the communication loop between to develop tuning guide, available here
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