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2014 St. Barths Bucket Recap

Dubois 122' Moonbird

Dubois 122 Moonbird

S&S 125 Axia

Superyachts from around the world were on hand for what turned out to be perfect conditions at the 2014 St. Barths Bucket Regatta, spanning three days from March 28-30. Doyle Sailmakers’ staff were sailing on many of the boats at the event. Doyle Sailmakers’ founder and president Robbie Doyle was on-board the 125’ S&S designed Axia, Chris McMaster and Justin Ferris from Doyle New Zealand were onboard the new 164’ Dubois Ohana, Quinny Houry from Doyle Palma was on the 148’ Perini Clan VIII, John Baxter from Doyle Chicago was on-board the Holland 112’ Blue Too and Matt Bridge from Doyle New Zealand was on the 122’ Dubois Moonbird.

Holland 112' Blue Too
Holland 112 Blue Too

 

The conditions for the week were near perfect with 15-22 kts. Fresh off her win in the BVI’s, Moonbird placed second in the Mademoiselles Class, sporting a full set of new performance focused Doyle Stratis ICE sails. She was followed in third by Blue Too, who in addition to her third place finish, also took home the Alloy Trophy for the best performance by an Alloy yacht. The 31m Dubois Sarafin finished in fourth place flying a new Doyle Stratis jib.

50m Perini Silencio
50m Perini Navi Silencio

In the Grand Dames Class, the 50m Perini Navi ketch Silencio won the last race in her class to put her into third in her division. Silencio was using a brand new Doyle A2 spinnaker for the regatta, measuring in at nearly 13,000 square feet and featuring a massive Lion inlay. She finished 1 point clear of the new 40m Perini Navi Performance sloop State of Grace who was powered by a full inventory of Doyle sails.

Congratulations to all of the winners and looking forward to the 2015 St Barths Bucket.

To view the final results, click here.

40m Perini State of Grace

40m Perini  Navi State of Grace

Shockwave Wins Caribbean 600

Shockwave at Redonda.  Credit Tim Wright/photoaction.comGeorge Sakellaris’ R/P 72 Shockwave took the overall IRC win in this year’s Caribbean 600, correcting out to finish roughly 1 hour ahead of rival Bella Mente.  After 600 miles of racing, Bella Mente, Rambler 90 and Shockwave crossed the line within 15 minutes of each other, after close racing all along that saw numerous lead changes.  The win adds to Shockwave’s growing list of recent victories, highlighted by the overall win in the 2012 Newport-Bermuda Race and the 2013 Montego Bay Race.  The overall IRC win was the highlight of a number of impressive finishes for Doyle-powered boats, with Line Honors for Bella Mente – carrying some specialty reaching sails from Doyle and featuring Doyle’s own Mike Sanderson as a helmsman, Botin 65 Caro, with a full Doyle Stratis inventory taking 5th overall in IRC, First 40 Lancelot II winning IRC Two with a new Doyle Stratis Mainsail, and the 62m Hoek Schooner Athos greatly improving on last years performance and battling it out with longtime superyacht rival Adela.

A grueling 600 mile race circling around many islands, with stiff breeze the whole time, the race places a premium on having a well prepared boat and crew.  In anticipation of this year’s race, Doyle refined the sail inventory to make sure that the team would have the right sails, without carrying too many.  Robbie Doyle, who in addition to managing the sail inventory served as Shockwave’s tactician for this race, explains the thought process, “We looked at the conditions that we were likely to see, and then when designing and building the sails worked to make sure that their ranges were as large as possible.  Thankfully our Stratis process allows us to make some of the lightest sails available, so we increased the DPI’s a bit to ensure we could carry the same sails longer.”

RORC Caribbean 600, 2014“With the amount that conditions change in this race, sail changes can just be too costly.  In the end, we used the J2 (Medium Jib) 95% of the time, and just twisted it off a bit in the bigger squalls.  We only carried 3 jibs, which helped save weight.”  Flying the same jib up the majority of the race allows the crew to stay aft and on the rail, keeping the boat moving.  The other big change was adding a new Fractional Code 0.  “After last year’s Montego Bay Race, we looked at our sail inventory and felt that the jump from the Jib Top to the Code 0 was too big.  We built a new FRO to fill that gap.  It was the workhorse of the race, as coupled with the Top Down Furler, we could leave it up, and just furl or unfurl as the conditions changed without any drama on the foredeck.”

Owner George Sakellaris was pleased with the results.  “I have a great crew and it was an excellent race, lots of wind and the racing was very close.  I have done many offshore races but this is the first time I have raced this one and it was against tough opposition. I think the winds were favorable to us and the Shockwave team used that to our advantage. At the end of the day, winning yacht races is all about the team performance more than anything else.

Robbie Doyle was similarly enthusiastic after the race. “That is what ocean racing should be all about.  Beautiful racing between three very tough competitors, all fighting it out the whole way.  A heavy-weight battle without a doubt – no question. I have had great moments in sail boats, but that was as much fun as I can remember. For 600 miles we were always in touch with each other, either up a few minutes or down a few minutes, and it all came down to the last beat to finish. It was like an epic tennis match.”

Next up for Team Shockwave will be defending her Newport-Bermuda Race victory in June.

Team Shockwave After Finishing

Team Shockwave After Finishing

Stratis ICE Nominated for DAME Award

Stratis ICE FIberDoyle Sailmakers is proud to announce that Stratis ICE has been nominated by the jury for the DAME Awards 2013.  Overall winners are announced on the first morning of METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show), November 19th. Doyle Sailmakers will have a team  exhibiting in the Superyacht Pavilion at Stand 10.715 , with samples of ICE as well as other materials from their product range.

The DAME is a prestigious competition for new marine equipment and accessories that is awarded based on overall design, build quality, functionality, and use of materials. To win the DAME is the ultimate accolade for companies and innovators, and all the nominations for the award are seen as trendsetters for the next generation of product development.

Stratis ICE is an entirely new and unique Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) sail fiber that is a game-changing product for the sailing market. In summary it is lighter, more durable and stronger than any other sail fiber available.  ICE is unique in that it is the first truly new fiber to be introduced to sailmaking in recent years; other traditional advances in sail technology have simply been a new application of existing fibers.

ICE provides weight reductions and elongation numbers equivalent to a sail made with 100 per cent standard modulus carbon, but without the durability issues that come with high carbon content laminates.

This flat ribbon fiber was originally used by the US military and Doyle Sails has secured the marine rights to the product and spent 4 years developing special adhesives and application techniques to turn this extraordinary fiber into a durable sail material. The fiber is ideal for use in the sail market as it exhibits very low stretch and creep, yet is lightweight, highly durable, and resistant to UV and salt.

Results for ICE have shown the highest resistance to flex fatigue of any sail product, with ICE sails retaining their initial shape and speed longer than any other sail membrane. This allows the Doyle design team to engineer sails much closer to their work load, and avoid over-engineering them in anticipation of future flex fatigue. Overall this makes ICE the first realistic alternative to carbon in performance racing sails.

Doyle primarily developed ICE to improve performance of superyacht sails. As superyacht sails got heavier and with higher loads – especially on yachts over 50m in length – the corners of the sail and the actual sail laminate needed to be very thick and heavy in order to be able to take the load of the sail. Use of the flat ICE fiber makes sails lighter and thinner, avoiding the heavy contour and texture in the membrane and eliminating the thick corner laminate that results from traditional membrane sails.

Although ICE offers so many benefits, the challenge for the sailmaker is that it is extremely slippery fiber and therefore very complex and difficult to work with: after a long development process Doyle has mastered the production technique required to use it. Prior to undergoing the standard Stratis lamination and laying process (unique and award-winning in its own right) the fiber is treated to make it workable; Doyle had to develop special polymers with low melt points in order to be able to laminate the fiber.

To learn more about Stratis ICE, please visit here.

Nazenin V Honored at World Superyacht Awards 2010

Nazenin V

The beautiful 52m ketch Nazenin V built by RMK Marine has been honored with with a Judges Special Accomondation at the prestigious World Superyacht Awards 2010. Reaching the finalist stage was a great achievement for Nazenin V. With 90 entries and just 53 as finalists within the different categories, Nazenin V was one of 5 finalists in the category for Best Sailing Yacht 45m+.

The judges commented “Nazenin v is a stunning Yacht and we are pleased to make this exclusive award to her. The outstanding design and finish quality on Nazenin V shows exceptional achievement by the whole team; from the designers and suppliers to the highly experienced RMK Marine workforce.”

Nazenin V is an elegant, classic Sparkman & Stephens designed long distance cruising ketch. Her fine hull and long overhangs allow for comfortable cruising with the predictable and easy motion of the yacht. Nazenin V is built utilizing many modern materials and equipment, which enhance the performance of the ketch, allowing for easier handling when sailing. The masts and spars are all Carbon Fibre as is the rudder in order to optimize the performance and handling characteristics. The main mast carries a powered elevator/crow’s nest right up to the head of the genoa that apart from providing excellent access for the crew gives a quite magnificent view for guests.

Nazenin V is optimized to balance performance, seaworthiness, and comfortable handling on all points of sail. Nazenin’s sail area pushes the upper limits for a boat 52 meters in length. A generous sail plan, including an oversized mizzen mast, gives Nazenin V numerous options and configurations for sailing. Furling head and staysails ease the handling of a full complement of D4 sails from Doyle Sailmakers. The end result is a yacht that  drives effortlessly and points incredibly well.

Below deck there is a modern interpretation of a classic raised and fielded teak paneled interior with all contemporary equipment that would be expected on such a yacht. The design of the interior is by Redman Whiteley Dixon Ltd (RWD) who interpreted the owner’s requirements to design a truly elegant interior for this large sailing yacht, encompassing all of his extensive yachting experience and love of the sea. The joinery was executed with great attention to the detail, with sycamore inlays in the doors and architraves being matched to the table tops and chairs, fluted columns and patterned marble floors using local stone and craftsmen. Extensive use was made of the local craftsmanship available to customize the details, such as considerable amounts of carving work onboard like the handrails and the corbel under the passageway console tables.

Throughout the yacht there are numerous artworks on display from the owner’s extensive and eclectic collections highlighting the owner’s wish to see Nazenin V as a means of expressing his passion for both sailing and the arts.