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Strong Performance from Doyle Sails at 2016 St Barths Bucket Regatta

St_Barths_Bucket_v2016_logo_128In the increasingly performance-focused superyacht racing scene, Doyle Sails helped propel many yachts to the front of the fleet at this years St Barths Bucket, held off St Barthelemy from March 17-20.  In the end, Doyle powered yachts won three of the five pursuit classes that saw nearly 40 yachts competing.  The regatta saw the fleet sail three races around the archipelago, which challenges the yachts with close roundings around islands and rocks, making the imagery even more stunning.  This year saw moderate breezes for the first two days of racing, and then high winds and big seas in the final day to push all the crews hard to keep these massive yachts moving well.

Sailing Yacht P2

38m Perini Navi P2

38m Perini Navi sloop P2 continued her string of impressive performances with a win in Class B: Les Elegantes des Mers.  P2 has long been a superyacht regatta favorite, and just the previous week P2 won Class B at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta in Virgin Gorda.  Under new ownership this year, the boat has continued her impressive ways, and after P2‘s win on Saturday’s “Not So Wiggley Course”, which sees the yachts weave through a number of turns which requires multiple spinnaker sets and douses, tactician Tony Rey commented “The owner and his guests were so engaged and so into the race; everyone was excited.  Honestly, it’s what we came here for; these last two races have been some of the best superyacht racing I’ve ever done. We can’t wait until tomorrow.”  P2 has been carrying the same Doyle Stratis Carbon/Technora racing sails since 2013, and her consistent performance is a testament to the incredibly fast shapes and durability of the Stratis sails.

Axia

125′ S&S Ketch Axia

In Class C: Les Femmes des Mers 37.6m Axia won with an impressively consistent performance, winning all three races.  Doyle’s own CEO Robbie Doyle was serving as tactician for the regatta, and worked well in advance to help prepare the yacht for the regatta.  In order to keep Axia at the front of the fleet (they also won their class at last years St Barths Bucket) and optimize their rating under the ORCsy Rule, under which the boats are rated for this regatta, Axia went through an headsail development program to improve their tacking time and pointing ability.  The result was a larger staysail and enlarged Jib Top, in place of the original racing Genoa, which kept the yacht fast and nimble as they sailed around the island.  What might be most impressive  about this win is that the same Stratis Main on Axia has now powered the boat through six Buckets - helping the yacht win three of those – in addition to all her other sailing and charters.

56m Perini Navi Rosehearty

56m Perini Navi Rosehearty

In Class E: Les Grandes Dames des Meres 56m Rosehearty and 50m Ohana finished tied at the end of the final day, with Rosehearty’s wins in Races 1 and 2 breaking the tie in her favor.  After winning last year’s Perini Navi Cup, Rosehearty was fitted with a new A3 spinnaker and Mizzen Staysail to ensure that the boat could keep moving at full speed during the Bucket’s many challenging courses.  On the final day of racing, the big breeze helped push the massive yacht at 13.5 knots downwind, but upwind proved a challenge.  A fitting on the genoa furler snapped off in a puff, forcing the yacht to sail a good portion of the long upwind beat with just a staysail. Ultimately the genoa was partially unfurled to keep the boat moving steadily upwind to the turning mark.  Paul Cayard, serving as tactician on Rosehearty, commended the crew of Rosehearty all week, but was especially impressed on the final day “The crew did an outstanding job of dealing with today’s adversity and kept the maneuvers tight so we could preserve the fourth place we needed to win overall. A very happy owner and all concerned.”

The overall results of Doyle Sails this year are a testament to the continuing focus on performance and service from the team at Doyle. The regatta brings a strong team of sailmakers from Doyle’s lofts around the world to ensure that the yachts receive the full benefit of their sails. “I’m incredibly proud of our customers for the results in this year’s event, and it’s truly a testament to the team at Doyle we have assembled in order to help these yachts perform to their best” commented CEO Robbie Doyle.  ”Our technology in recent years has continually kept our sails at the front of the fleet, but this year’s team onsite was the best we’ve ever had and helped get everyone across the line safely and quickly.  The results this year show both the grand-prix performance that our sails can achieve, but also the durability and shape holding of these sails over time.”
P3

60m Perini Navi Sloop Perseus^3

This year saw Robbie Doyle and Glenn Cook from Doyle Salem on Axia, Andrew Schneider of Doyle Salem on Rosehearty, Peter Grimm of Doyle Florida East on Perseus^3, Quinten Houry of Doyle Palma on Clan VIII, John Baxter from Doyle Midwest on Blue Too, Nick Bonner of Doyle England on Surama, Simon Lacey of Doyle New Zealand on Emmaline, Matt Bridge of Doyle New Zealand on Seahawk, Alan McGlashan of Doyle Salem on Bella Regazza, and Mario Giattino and Salvo D’amico of Doyle Italy and Justin Ferris of Doyle New Zealand on Ohana.

Doyle Sailmakers is proud to have a long history as a sponsor of the Bucket regattas, and has established lofts in all of the superyacht hubs around the world to ensure excellent service for the world’s largest yachts.  Recently Doyle has delivered sails to many of the world’s largest yachts, including the 60m Perini Navi Perseus^3, which made her debut at St Barths this year, the 46m Royal Huisman Elfje,and the 89m Perini Navi Maltese Falcon.  In the coming months Doyle Sailmakers will deliver sails to the two largest sailing yachts in the world, both measuring over 100m in length.

Full results can be found here.

New sails give iconic Mari Cha III a burst of speed

Custom carbon Doyle Stratis ICE sails have been fitted to iconic yacht, Mari Cha III, delivering performance and speed. 

Mari Cha III has completed 5000 miles in just over a month of cruising with her new Doyle Stratis ICE sails, and her Captain Christian Lay has given us his take on how the new additions are performing under pressure.

The yacht was fitted with a full wardrobe of high performance ICE sails, created at Doyle Sails New Zealand’s Auckland loft, and the 44-metre yacht has been putting her new sail inventory through its paces. With the light, durable sails,Mari Cha III has found no loss of stability in arduous elements, delivering better performance and longevity.

“One of the big things we have noticed is how much easier the sails are to use than our previous ones. They set really easily and hold their shape so well,” says Lay.

“All the little details that we customised for this boat have made sail handling and manoeuvres, such as reefing, so much easier. The boat is very clearly faster. The service leading up to, getting hold of and then commissioning the sails cannot be faulted.”

Doyle Sails New Zealand’s Matt Bridge says the company enjoyed the process of producing the high-performance sails for the yacht.

“This was the first set of Doyle sails for Mari Cha III and working on such a well-known yacht was a really satisfying experience for us,” says Bridge, superyacht sails coordinator, Doyle Sails New Zealand.

“There was also a nice synergy for us, given that Doyle Sails New Zealand’s own Mike ‘Moose’ Sanderson, sailed onboard Mari Cha III during her record-breaking TransAtlantic crossing in 1998,” says Bridge.

ICE is a new generation UHMWP sail fibre first applied to the marine industry by the Doyle Stratis team, and tests have shown an exceptionally high resistance to flex fatigue, with ICE retaining its initial shape longer than other sail membranes.

“Dealing with the mizzen staysails and big code sails is now really easy and we can get rid of the 900 square meter code 0, in about 10 seconds, which allows us to sail the boat harder and more aggressively with a smaller crew,” says Lay.

“We have already done 5000 miles with them in a little over a month and had every configuration possible in winds up to 40 knots. There have been no issues with stretch, chafe or wear. We have pushed them downhill with boat speeds into the mid 20 knot region and then done big round ups in big breeze to get them down. The new batten system hasn’t broken one yet which is a big improvement for us.”

“In short I think it’s fair to say that we are pretty bloody happy with them and I am now thinking about which other sails we need to buy for the upcoming adventures. Oh – and for the first time – we have some decent sail bags that are strong enough, big enough, which have enough hand holds and look cool with the names on,” ends Lay.

Doyle Sailmakers Sponsors St Barths Bucket

StBarthsBucket2013_128The St Barths Bucket is one of the highlights of the superyacht sailing regatta calendar and a fleet of nearly 40 spectacular superyachts are gearing up for four days of racing in the 2013 St Barths Bucket which runs from the 28 – 31 of March.

A spectacular fleet of Doyle powered yachts will be out in force at the Bucket. Look out for 30m Leopard 3 and 38m P2 in the les Gazelles class; 62m Athos, 43m Koo, 52m Prana, 45m Salperton IV and 29m Symmetry in les Mademoiselles; and 48m Andromeda La Dea, 38m Axia, 34m Blue Too, 56m Rosehearty, 56m Zenji and the largest yacht in fleet, the 88m Maltese Falcon,  in the Grandes Dames des Mers. 

Salperton IV at Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta.  Credit: Superyacht Media

Salperton IV at Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta. Credit: Superyacht Media

Salperton IV and Athos are fresh from victory at the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2013. Salperton  was the overall winner, securing a win in Division A overall, Division A’s cruising division, and the Boat International Media Trophy. It really was Doyle’s regatta as our customers Bolero and Athos also tied for first place in Division B. With such recent wins under their belt and in very good racing form, both Athos and Salperton IV will be ones to watch in the Bucket.

Doyle Sailmakers is a proud sponsor and long-time supporter of the Bucket regattas and Doyle has supplied sails to yachts built by the world’s sailing yacht builders including fellow sponsors Alloy Yachts, HJB, Perini Navi, Royal Huisman and Vitters. Increasingly, Doyle and Stratis are being seen as the sails of choice for anyone looking for a performance focused yacht and racing success.

A large contigent of Doyle’s Superyacht team is at the Bucket, traveling from many of Doyle’s 80 lofts around the world. Richard Bouzaid and Jud Smith are racing on P2; Robbie Doyle and Nick Bonner on Axia; Glenn Cook on Athos; Peter Grimm on Panthalassa; John Baxter on Blue Too; Quinny Houry on Salperton IV; Matt Bridge on Leopard; Phil Maxwell on Prana; Andrew Schneider on Zenji; Richard Hulston on Koo; and Justin Ferris on Ranger.

We will be updating our news and Facebook throughout the regatta, so please tune in to see the latest!

Below is footage from onboard P2 during last year’s St. Barths Bucket.

Doyle Sailmakers Secures Largest Order to Date

C2218 With Blade JibDoyle Sailmakers, based in Salem, MA, has recently announced that it has been awarded the contract to supply the complete sail inventory for the upcoming 60m performance sloop under construction at Perini Navi.  The inventory encompasses a staggering 10,200 square meters (110,275 square feet) of sail area including what will be the world’s two largest spinnakers.  The yacht is scheduled for completion in early 2014 and will make her debut at the 2014 St. Barths Bucket.

The order reinforces Doyle’s commitment and expertise in engineering some of the largest projects in the Superyacht industry including the sails aboard Maltese Falcon and M5, two of the world’s largest and most sophisticated sailing yachtsEssential to the success of this program will be the contribution of Doyle CFD’s analysis which is being used to model all aspects of the sail shapes and loading, completely integrating data from the boat’s hull and rig in real sailing conditions.  This will ensure that the sails as well as the associated hardware are all up to the task of propelling this yacht through the water. 

CFD Analysis of 60m Sloop

CFD & FEA has been performed to quantify loading and refine shapes in all the sails.

After several months of discussions, the final inventory was decided on after reviewing a number of possible combinations with an eye on smooth sail crossovers for an aggressive racing schedule the boat has planned.  For upwind sailing, the boat will have a 840 sqm mainsail which is complemented by a range of headsails – a reacher, a blade jib, a working jib, and then a Code 0 for light air conditions.  The upwind inventory will be constructed of Doyle’s proprietary Stratis membranes which have proven themselves on many of the world’s most glamorous Superyachts.  This technology will enable Doyle’s engineers and sailmakers in Salem to construct high performance sails with minimal weight.

DownwindDownwind is where the boat will really shine.  “We looked at every material available for these spinnakers and realized that there wasn’t anything in existence that would deliver the performance we were looking for,” explains CEO Robbie Doyle.  “We partnered with Dimension Polyant to develop a new high-performance Polyester spinnaker fabric that is reinforced with Dyneema for durability and burst strength.”  The new cloth allows the sails to be light and soft like a traditional spinnaker yet has tensile strength on par with other, heavier options.  The addition of Dyneema to the cloth will ensure that the sail resists tears, essential to success on the Superyacht racing circuit.  The boat will have two spinnakers, one measuring in at 2448 sqm and the other at 2170 sqm.  In addition, she will be equipped with a 643 sqm spinnaker staysail set with a top down furler.

“With this project we are fortunate to take everything we have learned in the last 30 years on both Superyachts and Grand-Prix race boats and put it all together in one package,” comments Doyle.  “We are extremely excited to be working with the project management team at Perini Navi, Future Fibers and Ron Holland Design to see this through its completion.” The order caps a string of good news for Doyle Sailmakers in the Superyacht arena, highlighted by the recent debut of the 50m Sloop Ohana, new inventories for the 52m Prana, 45m Artemis, and the launch of the 40m Perini Navi Sloop State of Grace with a full Doyle inventory.  When the 60m performance sloop launches next year, it will be spectacular to see her perform. 

C2218 Upwind and Downwind

Doyle Sailmakers to Supply Stratis Sails to Royal Huisman 46m Performance Ketch

Doyle Sailmakers is proud to announce that they have been selected as the sails supplier of choice for Project 392, the 46.4m high performance cruising ketch, in build at Royal Huisman.

Project 392 is a highly optimized performance design, which makes Stratis sails the perfect fit for this project,” said Mike Sanderson, Director of Sales for Doyle Sailmakers New Zealand, sole suppliers of Stratis laminates to the Doyle Group of Sailmakers. “The Stratis range was designed specifically with performance cruising and racing superyachts in mind and is ideally suited to this innovative ketch.”

For 392, Stratis will continue in their established superyacht aero programme with Southern Spars, having previously collaborated on projects including the newly launched 50m-performance sloop Ohana and the 58.4m-sloop Kokomo III amongst others.

“Not only are we proud to be working on such an exciting project, but it is a pleasure to be working directly with Royal Huisman for the first time, and to collaborate with the Hoek Design office once again,” said Sanderson. “It is also great to have the opportunity to work with Allan Prior of LLC Yacht Management and Jeremy Pochman.”

About Doyle Stratis

Doyle Stratis was developed in 2001-2002 when Doyle Sails realized that it was time for a new generation of sails. Designed with superyachts in mind, Stratis sails are the ultimate choice for performance yachts.

Stratis pre-impregnated fibre technology provides unmatched flexibility in fiber orientation, accuracy of placement and superior lamination. All fibers are load bearing, converging to every load point on the sail. This layout produces stronger, lighter sails that are much smoother when set. The sails hold their shape better with significantly less stretch and will last longer than conventional panel sails.

Doyle Sailmakers is continually developing its laminated sail products in terms of design, development and manufacture. Our research department continues to experiment with new fibers, adhesives and techniques with the aim of offering our clients the best product possible while our design department uses the latest computer technology and design tools to develop shapes and structures for faster sails.

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Over 1 Ton of Sails | S/Y Ohana

Superyacht Ohana will feature over 1 ton of Doyle Sails

Superyacht Ohana will feature over 1 ton of Doyle Sails

Superyacht Ohana will have over 1 ton of Doyle sails on board.

Built by Fitzroy Yachts and designed by Dubois Naval Architects, Superyacht Ohana is a breathtaking 50-metre Flybridge Sloop, currently undergoing sea trials before her delivery in December.

With a total sail area of 4,085 m2 including her main sail of 636m2 and a gennaker of 1,600m2, Ohana will achieve a maximum speed of 18 knots under sail.

Superyacht Ohana will have over 1 ton of Doyle and Doyle Stratis on board. Ohana will be one to watch at the New Zealand Millennium Cup 2013 – the yacht’s first regatta.

See the photos below including the forklift used to lift the Mainsail and Staysail out of the loft and onto the delivery trailer.

Specifications

LOA: 49.7m
LWL: 44.6m
Beam: 10m
Draught: 5.5m
Displacement: 370 tons
Rig: Southern Spars
Engine: Caterpillar C32 ACERT (1400 BHP)
Accommodation: Owners Cabin, 4 x Guest Cabin Aft, 1 x Guest Cabin Forward, 4 x Crew Cabins
Builder: Fitzroy Yachts
Naval Architecture: Dubois Naval Architects
Exterior Design: Dubois Naval Architects
Interior Design: Owner and Fitzroy Yachts
Sailmaker: Doyle Sailmakers New Zealand

Links:

Boat International: Sailing yacht Ohana begins sea trials
Superyachtnews.com: Fitzroy Yachts launch 50m flybridge sloop ‘Ohana’
Superyachttimes.com: Fitzroy Yachts launches 50 metre flybridge sloop Ohana
Superyachttimes.com: Dubois Naval Architects comments on recently launched Ohana
Dubois Design: Ohana launches from Fitzroy Yachts

VIDEO: Doyle Sponsors 2012 St Barths Bucket

Doyle Sailmakers is proud to again sponsor the St Barths Bucket Regatta to be held March 22-25, 2012. The wait list to participate in the regatta is a true testament of the superb job done by the Bucket organizers, superyacht owners and crew elevating superyacht racing to an extraordinary level of fun and excitement.

Numerous superyachts with Doyle sails will be taking part in the 2012 St Barths Bucket including: Andromeda La Dea, Athos, Axia, Baracuda, Bliss, Blue Too, Fidelis, Ganesha, Helios II, Koo, Moonbird, P2, Paraiso, Parsifal III, Salperton IV, Symmetry and Zenji.

Doyle Sailmakers’ continued success in the superyacht market is the result of design and engineering expertise, reliability and after sales service. Our network of over 80 lofts worldwide allows us to provide local service worldwide.

Doyle Sailmakers will be well represented in St Barths by Robbie Doyle and numerous representatives from all over the world including: John Baxter, Richard Bouzaid, Matt Bridge, Glenn Cook, Quinny Houry, Richard Hulston, Phill Maxwell, Maria Francesca Natoli, Andrew Schneider, Brendan Simons, Jud Smith, Francesco Valenza, and Guy Waddilove.

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Salperton IV Fitted with Doyle Stratis

Following the stepping of a new Southern Spar carbon rig, the 45 metre superyacht Salperton IV returned to Palma to have new Doyle Stratis high performance sails fitted.

With the order only placed in July 2011, it was a very tight schedule to complete the design and production of such a large project, but it was achieved with flying colors.

Following the sail trials, Doyle Palma Director, Quinten “Quinny” Houry said “The mainsail fits perfectly and looks and feels really fast. The Genoas have a great shape and will boost performance. The Stratis production system enables us to produce a quality performance sail that we expect to last longer than alternatives.”

Quinny was also very pleased with the success of the innovative furling batten system, a joint development between Doyle Sailmakers and Southern Spars, which works superbly. Small track cars are installed on the luff and these are able to furl around the boom, allowing the sail to be stowed, but still allowing for low friction cars on the mainsail luff.

The new sail program included mainsail, reacher, jib and purpose built racing blade genoa. This blade genoa was fitted with C-Tech air battens. These feature high pressure tubing along the leech. When connected to an air supply the batten pockets are pressurized. This system allows for fast sail changes without having to install, remove or store long battens.

Mike Sanderson Joins Forces with Doyle Sailmakers New Zealand

Doyle Sailmakers is pleased to announce the appointment of renowned world class sailing professional Mike Sanderson. Mike will be joining the team at the beginning of June 2011 as Director of Sales and Partner for the Doyle New Zealand and Sydney operation.

Doyle New Zealand’s Managing Director Chris McMaster comments, "We have achieved considerable growth in recent times and the development and ongoing R&D with Stratis puts us in an ideal position now to join forces with one of the most influential professionals in the world of sailboat racing. Mike’s experience and personality perfectly complement our business; this development will allow us to increase the pace of our expansion into the Grand Prix sailboat racing market.”

Mike Sanderson was ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year in 2006, a veteran of three America’s Cup campaigns and two times Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race winner.

Mike brings with him a wealth of experience having been involved on the technical side of sail programs and as part of the design and build teams for both Team ABN AMRO boats, as well as Skippering ABN AMRO One to one of the most convincing Volvo victories in the race’s history.

In addition, Mike has extensive Superyacht experience including the high profile race boats Mari Cha III and IV, which between them have dominated the Trans Atlantic Monohull record over the last twelve years.

Mike Sanderson and Head of Design, Richard Bouzaid, together present a formidable team with a huge amount of knowledge, skill and contacts in this field. Between them they have been involved at the premier level of America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Grand Prix racing, as well as local campaigns on both the technical side as well as in sailing capacities.

The knowledge base at Doyle Sailmakers with respect to design and sail making is now second to none, and combined with the high performance results being achieved by Stratis laminates, Doyle Sailmakers can continue to offer their customers the optimum sail product.

Doyle Sailmakers’ increasing share of the market can be credited to the success of the Stratis facility and the company’s continual commitment to innovation and advancing design.

Celebrating 10th Anniversary Doyle Palma Announces Dynamic New Partnership

Quinten Hury

The ten year anniversary of the Doyle loft in Palma is imminent and to celebrate this landmark, the owners Russell Thom and Fiona Bruce are delighted to announce a new partnership with the sailmaking superyacht expert, Quinten Houry (Quinny).

Quinny is to move from his role at Doyle in New Zealand as Special Projects Manager and will be joining Doyle Palma to head up the Superyacht Sales Department. His remit is to further advance Doyle’s reputation for supplying state of the art sails to superyachts in Europe. He has been in the sailmaking industry for the past 20 years origi-nally with some of the leading lofts in Europe and now having worked with Doyle lofts for the last 10 years his name is synonymous with the brand, spending the last 6 years with Doyle in Auckland. His vast knowledge and depth of experience in both design and engineering of superyacht sails make him the ideal new partner to work alongside the team in the Palma loft. Recently, he has been working hands on with projects such as the new Kokomo, Red Dragon, Bristolian II and Bliss. Quinny’s new objectives include the expansion of Doyle’s superyacht activities in Europe, at the same time widening customer service. He will also increase awareness of Doyle’s in-house product, STRATIS™.

Doyle New Zealand has recently undergone a huge expansion, with the opening of a new custom factory in Auckland to produce their exclusive STRATIS™ membrane sails. The new alliance will increase product support considerably in Europe, allowing for Doyle’s continued expansion.

Palma loft

Doyle Palma is the largest production sail loft in Mallorca and the largest production loft in Spain, specialising in superyacht sails. Russell Thom and Fiona BruceOwners Russell Thom and Fiona Bruce have managed the loft for the past ten years and developed a reputation for the quality of their custom performance cruising sails and an unrivalled after sales service.

The loft is ideally located right in the centre of the superyacht community, within easy reach of sea and air freight services. Doyle Palma also offers sail storage, a repair and maintenance service, as well as sail cleaning.

Wally 107’ Kenora with a suit of grey taffeta, carbon Technora sails

The loft has just supplied the Wally 107’ Kenora, with a suit of grey taffeta, carbon Technora Black sails and is current-ly working on new sails for two Swan 100s, as well as the 40m Jongert, Anna Christina. They are also to deliver sails to a new build 110’ Dijkstra design. All these sails are being built in D4 membranes supplied by the world’s largestcloth manufacturer Dimension Polyant. Doyle Palma and Dimension Polyant have been working closely together forthe last 10 years improving the range of fabric options and warranty service.

Overseeing all service and production, Russell started building sails in New Zealand when he was sixteen and has spent the last twenty years specialising in the superyacht market. Fiona completes the team as the essential part of all organisational affairs keeping the cogs finely oiled.

Russell said, “This new partnership of three exceptional individuals will synthesize into a new compelling chapter for Doyle and reinforce our future success in the superyacht world.”Fiona added, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Quinny into the team – we are an important part of a global franchise with worldwide support from the Doyle network and we look forward to widening our customer service in the Mediterranean and further establishing our international reputation as one of the world’s leading superyacht lofts.”

For more information on Doyle Palma, visit palmasailmakers.com.