Last Saturday on the 28th of July 2018 the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia commenced for their 33rd Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race, one of Australia’s biggest offshore races. The regatta marks the start of the yacht club’s sixth month Blue Water program which is known to be an important prelude to the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, giving owners and crew the chance to test their boats’ performance.
The 384 nautical-mile race attracted a fleet of 54 yachts this year with 16 of those carrying Doyle sails. The regatta produced some exciting racing and it was great to see such a big turnout of yachts flying our sails and making top rankings. We also had a few Doyle representatives take part including, Doyle Sydney’s Shane Guanaria on About Time and Tom Hogan on Grace O’ Malley, Doyle Melbourne’s Blake Anderson on the winning Chutzpah, and Doyle New Zealand’s Stu Molloy on Koa
A special spotlight on Bruce Taylor’s Caprice 40-footer Chutzpah for their successful performance and winning 1st overall in the IRC division. The yacht is specifically designed for racing on the Australian east coast with emphasis on running and reaching. Doyle’s Melbourne loft has been instrumental in evolving Chutzpah’s sail wardrobe over the past few years. The impact of that development was illustrated in the recent Sydney to Gold Coast race with an overall win in the IRC against Australia’s premier racers and being the only medium size yacht in the top ten finishers.
“The refinement of Doyle’s latest Code Zero and A7 designs and the matching of their crossover zones was pivotal to the win,” praises happy owner Bruce Taylor.
Doyle-powered yachts sporting the flash Cable-less Code Zero product proved to really shine through the fleet when the conditions suited.
“The Cable-less Code Zero product is a huge step up from the traditional radial code zero’s and the advantages really showed in teams such as Chutzpah, Celestial and About Time
who made their big gains with them in this race,” explains Shane Guanaria.
Other boats that carried the Cable-less were, Grace O’ Malley, Supernova and Komatsu Azzuro, all of which have given positive feedback to Doyle about the performance of their sails.
“The strength in numbers and race results are really showing for Doyle Australia. The results in the ORCi division show our diversity in taking out the top 3 spots overall and first place in each division. This included Komatsu Azzurro an S & S 34 winning; followed by Chutzpah and the TP 52 Celestial, all carrying Doyle Sails. An outstanding showing overall ”
Next up on the schedule for Doyle Australia is the Sydney International Boat Show from 2nd – 6th of August and Airlie Beach and the Hamilton Island Race. Watch this space.
Race results for 2018 Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race: