New Zealand sailmaker and Grand Prix sailor Justin Ferris brings knowledge and experience to Doyle Sails.

Justin began his sail-making career in the Bay of Island New Zealand in 1991 under the guidance of Simon Willis, and completed his sailmaking apprenticeship before heading off to work in the US. On his return in 1999 Justin started what has led to a long relationship with Doyle Sails working as service manager before heading off again to be involved with a number of Volvo Ocean Races, the first of which was during the 2001-02 Volvo Ocean Race where he was the Sailmaker for llbruck, alongside fellow Doyle Sails expert Stu Bannatyne.

Now, Justin’s involvement with Doyle Sails encompasses a much wider range of roles including being a valued member of the world renowned design team, led by Richard Bouzaid. Justin tends to focus on Grand Prix and Race projects as that is where his interests lie, however Justin can offer a complete package from design, production and on water coaching to campaigns of any level. Justin is also heavily involved in a support role for numerous other Doyle Sails lofts globally. Currently the primary projects that Justin is working with include Manouch Moshayedi’s Rio 100, RP65 Zvi and soon to be launched Botin designed Caro, amongst a number of other local and international sailing teams. 

Justin brings over 20  years of practical sailmaking and sail design experience as well as a wealth of Grand Prix inshore and offshore racing experience to provide the technical and practical knowledge needed to produce winning results. Justin is a valuable asset to Doyle’s design team which provides design resources worldwide right through all fleets.

2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race – AkzoNobel
2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race – Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race – Puma
2005-06 Volvo Ocean Race – Pirates of the Caribbean

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