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There's a common misconception that Doyle's Cable-less technology is mainly suited towards the racing scene. In actuality, Cable-less sails are a game-changer for any and all types of sailing yachts. If you're looking to sail easier, faster, lighter and happier - then, Cable-less could be the sail solution for you.

We caught up with Malcolm and Joan Dickson, owners of 'Sarau' a 55ft cruising yacht to hear what they had to say about their Cable-less Code Zero.

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'Sarau' is our 55 foot cruising yacht and was the last boat we designed and built before selling our Nelson boatyard, and has been our home for the past 17 years. We have sailed many thousands of miles, including a circumnavigation south of all the great capes, crossing the equator several times.

In 2018 Doyle Sails made a new mainsail and a cable-less code zero as Malcolm had decided to compete in the 2018 Solo Tasman Yacht race from New Plymouth to Mooloolaba in Queensland.

We are very happy with both these sails, especially the cable-less code zero which had a lot of use in the predominantly light wind Tasman race. Although conditions were not ideal for our fully fitted out cruising yacht the cable-less code zero provided good performance in under 10 knots with the wind forward of the beam.

Since finishing second to our Son Hamish in the race, we have continued our cruising, returning to NZ in October.

For cruising, our cable-less code zero is a very useful addition to our sail wardrobe. On several occasions both in Australia and NZ we have made good day passages leaving port along with other cruising yachts which motored all day arriving at the next port taking about the same time as we had, which thanks to the power of the cable-less code zero had allowed us to sail all day.

Being cable-less, once furled it is easy to flake into its bag as we lower it onto the for deck. In light winds it furls up well. If the breeze is up around 15 knots it is much more difficult to achieve a good furl as the foot furls leaving the top section unfurled unless we ease the mainsail and run away so the code zero is blanketed completely.

However, we usually furl and stow the sail at around 10 knots as this is the upper limit for it with the wind forward of the beam. If the breeze is aft of the beam we normally change to our larger gennaker.

Having decided to run with Doyle Sails for our new mainsail and code zero and refit of a torque stay to our storm jib for the race and future cruising, I must say we are very happy with this decision and thank the team at Doyles for the quality and attention to details of all 3 sails. We will definitely be back when 'Sarau' needs any new sails.

Future plans are to continue and head offshore again in the near future.

Malcolm & Joan

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