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2011 St. Barths Bucket Brings Together World’s Largest Superyachts

Doyle Sailmakers is proud to have sponsored the St. Barths Bucket Regatta held March 25-27, 2011. This year marked the 25th year of Bucket racing – and the 15th edition of the St Barths Bucket. Of the 40 superyachts competing in this legendary event, 15 were new to the Bucket fleet. The average length of yacht was a staggering 64 meters. Lined up bow to stern, the yachts would measure almost three kilometers.

Maltese Falcon at 2011 St Barths Bucket

It was a spectacular sight to be seen with the 89m dyna rig Maltese Falcon, 75m Mirabella V and 58m Kokomo III all on the same starting line at the 2011 St. Barths Bucket with 100% Doyle Sails.

Kokomo III at 2011 St Barths Bucket

During three days of racing, the fleet of 40 superyachts raced around the volcanic island counterclockwise on day one, tackled the infamous “Not So Wiggly Course” on day two, and on day three raced around the island clockwise. The fleet is divided into three categories: Les Elegantes des Mers for the J Class, Les Grandes Dames des Mers for the Cruising Class, and Les Gazelles des Mers for the Racing Class, making the racing more equally competitive and safer. The races are pursuit format, with staggered starts according to each yacht’s rating. The slowest boat is first off the line, and the rest of the fleet starts at time intervals determined by each boat’s predicted elapsed time around the course. Theoretically in a pursuit race, all the yachts will cross the finish line at the same time.

Mirabella V and Kokomo III carried the latest Doyle Stratis sails, while Maltese Falcon carried her 25,791 square feet of Dacron Doyle sails that have taken her over 90,000 miles.

The 96´sloop Symmetry with a full inventory of Doyle Stratis upwind and Doyle downwind sails came in 3rd Overall and 2nd in Les Gazelles.

AXIA at 2011 St Barths BucketAxia

Perhaps the belle of the ball was the 37m AXIA, one of the smallest yachts in Les Grandes Dames, who won her class with her new Doyle Stratis sails.

The Ron Holland designed Blue Too came in 3rd in Les Grand Dames. Blue Too was delivered to its new Owner just six weeks before the Bucket. Blue Too was powered by Doyle Stratis Carbon/Vectran sails and Doyle downwind sails. This was the owner’s first Bucket as an Owner and what an impressive first Bucket it was for him, the Captain and Crew.

Blue Too Celebrating 3rd in Les Grand Dames and the Alloy Cup

In addition to coming in 3rd in class, Blue Too won the Alloy Cup, for best performance by an Alloy Yacht. The four Alloy Yacht competitors included: Kokomo III 58m, Genevieve 38m, Blue Too 34m, and Paraiso 32m.

The 38m P2 won the Perini Navi Cup, awarded to the Perini-Navi Yacht with the best result. Of the 40 yachts competing, the seven Perini-Navi yachts include: Maltese Falcon 88m, Parsifal III 54m, Klosters 47m, Antara 46m, Helios II 45m, and P2 38m.

Maltese Falcon won the Vitter’s Shipyard Seamanship Trophy, awarded to the yacht that demonstrates the best seamanship and sportsmanship in the interest of promoting safety on the race course. This award recognizes the yacht that best demonstrates the understanding that superyachts have serious limitations operating safely in close quarters and value safety well above performance.

In addition to coming in 1st in Les Grand Dames, AXIA also successfully defended the Skullduggery Cravat, holding the trophy for the best Bucket humor for 3 years running. The Skullduggery Cravat is awarded to the yacht and crew who display the best Bucket humor and promulgates non-adult behavior.

To view more photos click here of the 2011 St. Barths Bucket.

Doyle Sailmakers Sponsors 2011 St. Barths Bucket

St. Barths Bucket 2011

Doyle Sailmakers is proud to sponsor the 2011 St Barths Bucket and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Bucket Regattas. Doyle Sailmakers extends its congratulations to the Bucket organizers and to the superyacht owners and crew for the growth of the Bucket Regattas and of superyacht racing in general.

Numerous superyachts with Doyle sails will be taking part in the 2011 St Barths Bucket including: Axia, Blue Too, Drumbeg, Helios, Hetairos, Kokomo III, Maltese Falcon, Mirabella V, Moonbird, P2, Paraiso, Song of the Sea, Symmetry and White Wings.

How Does the Design of the Maltese Falcon Sails Relate to Winning Star Sails?


The process is complex, but the results simple: Stronger, Faster Sails.

Integrating High Performance Parallel Computing (HPC) with state-of-the art Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Structural Mechanics (FEA) software from industry leader ANSYS Doyle Sailmakers has recently begun utilizing a high resolution, fully coupled computational simulation environment designed specifically to answer real world sailing challenges.

The complex turbulent flow around sails, rigs, and hulls is calculated to solve for millions of data points in the flow surrounding the sails. The detailed stress distribution and deformation that results in the sails and rigs from the forces imposed by the flow is then calculated using a Structural Solver with a composites pre-processor to accurately model the complex overlapping fiber and panel layouts in modern sails.

As Jud Smith says: “I love the flow graphics, I don’t understand the process, but the results in improved sail performance are undeniable.”

Flow Visualization From Star CFD Upwind Simulation (AWA=22, AWS=15 kts)

To learn more about Doyle Star sails, click here.

To learn how the DOYLE Engineering Department optimized the sail shape for a boat 88 meters in overall length, with a mast height of 53 meters off the water and maximum yard length of 22 meters, read Tyler Doyle, DOYLE’s head engineer, coauthored paper, Optimization of Yard Sectional Shape and Configuration for a Modern Clipper Ship.

How Does the Design of the Maltese Falcon Sails Relate to Winning Star Sails?


The process is complex, but the results simple: Stronger, Faster Sails.

Integrating High Performance Parallel Computing (HPC) with state-of-the art Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Structural Mechanics (FEA) software from industry leader ANSYS Doyle Sailmakers has recently begun utilizing a high resolution, fully coupled computational simulation environment designed specifically to answer real world sailing challenges.

The complex turbulent flow around sails, rigs, and hulls is calculated to solve for millions of data points in the flow surrounding the sails. The detailed stress distribution and deformation that results in the sails and rigs from the forces imposed by the flow is then calculated using a Structural Solver with a composites pre-processor to accurately model the complex overlapping fiber and panel layouts in modern sails.

As Jud Smith says: “I love the flow graphics, I don’t understand the process, but the results in improved sail performance are undeniable.”

Flow Visualization From Star CFD Upwind Simulation (AWA=22, AWS=15 kts)

To learn more about Doyle Star sails, click here.

To learn how the DOYLE Engineering Department optimized the sail shape for a boat 88 meters in overall length, with a mast height of 53 meters off the water and maximum yard length of 22 meters, read Tyler Doyle, DOYLE’s head engineer, coauthored paper, Optimization of Yard Sectional Shape and Configuration for a Modern Clipper Ship.

Maltese Falcon Featured on 60 Minutes

Doyle Superyacht Maltese Falcon

Tom Perkins and his Maltese Falcon will be featured on 60 Minutes this Sunday, November 4th at 7 PM ET/PT on CBS. Lesley Stahl spent one week on the Maltese Falcon preparing for this interview. Be sure to tune in to 60 Minutes this Sunday.

Big Boys, Major Toys at the St. Barth’s Bucket

The world’s fastest superyachts gather for the St. Barth’s Bucket to battle on the water and unwind at cocktail parties onboard the fleet, moored stern-to on the quay. As usual, Doyle-powered boats claimed some silver: Kaori, a 118-foot Paine-designed sloop, took the Grand Dame division, and the 289-foot, Dyna-Rigged Maltese Falcon took the Perini Navi Best Overall award. It just goes to show that, big or small, when you want to go fast, go Doyle.

Mirabella V and Maltese Falcon Face Off

Doyle Superyacht Mirabella V
Doyle Superyacht Maltese Falcon

Photo Courtesy Perini Navi

The two largest private sailing yachts in the word, both powered by Doyle Sailmakers, sailed side by side outside of Monaco Harbor. Maltese Falcon is the world’s largest clipper ship, and Mirabella V (M V) is the world’s largest single masted yacht. Tom Perkins, owner of the Maltese Falcon, describes the sail, “It was an overcast day with the true wind was out of the N.E. at twenty knots with gusts to twenty five, and M V set her full main with a big jib and a staysail—she was really powered up, and designer Ron Holland was aboard to supervise the sail trim. We had (of course) everything set as well, and I need to note to our respective insurance carriers that we were NOT racing—we were just sailing together as fast as possible, purely to be sociable. On the wind, both yachts held each other, neither gaining or losing. Our GPS showed 14.5 knots, and it was the same for M V. The Falcon buried her rail a couple of times in the gusts, and finally we furled our mizzen royal to ease the helm, but we didn’t slow at all. We sailed together for about twelve miles and then we bore off for a speed run. The Falcon cranked up to 17 knots and we pulled a little ahead. The photos show M V really screaming through the waves, looking very, very fast, and very, very beautiful.”

James Scott-Anderson, a J-class tactician, was on board Mirabella V reporting for BYM News. James reported that “Once [the main] was up, the number two jib was unfurled and we had about 10 to 18 knots of breeze and were sailing upwind on a close reach with the wind at 75 degrees apparent. The Falcon was about quarter of a mile from of us. We were heeling 15 degrees which was very comfortable sailing, but the speed was surprising. We were doing 15 to 16 knots and this was just on GPS data. Once we settled in, we found that we were able to match the Falcon’s speed – a big surprise even though this point of sail is not the Falcon’s best. It was nonetheless a great thing, as her hull length and sail area is greater than Mirabella’s.”

To read more of James’ account of the sail, click here.

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Maltese Falcon Website

Maltese Falcon Wins Perini Navi Cup 2006

Perini Navi Cup 2006

Doyle Superyacht Maltese Falcon

Photo Courtesy Perini Navi

The Perini Navi Cup was held in the waters off the Yacht Club Porto Rotondo in Sardinia September 7th to September 10th, 2006. Congratulations to the Doyle powered Maltese Falcon, winner of the 2006 Perini Navi Cup.

Tom Perkins reported that “the wind never exceeded 10 knots for the two-race series, with the average wind speed about six knots. Our toughest competitor was the Ed Dubois-designed Squall, which took first to our second in the first race, but then second to our tie-breaking first in the second race. We were the fastest around the course on both days, and everyone was amazed at Falcon’s ability to point as high as any of the other yachts – and with good VMG, too. It was a wonderful first race for us, as we have many ideas for going faster. As I write, we’re sailing through the Straits of Bonifacio at 18 knots.” For complete results, click here.

Doyle Proud Sponsor of Perini Navi Cup 2006

Perini Navi Cup 2006

DOYLE Sailmakers is proud to support the Perini Navi Cup, held in the waters off the Yacht Club Porto Rotondo in Sardinia, September 7th to September 10th, 2006. DOYLE Sailmakers also sponsored the first Perini Navi Cup held in 2004. The Perini Navi Cup is a rendezvous for Perini sailing ships between 36 to 56 meters. The newest Perini Navi, Maltese Falcon, will be competing in the Perini Navi Cup. DOYLE Sailmakers has a strong relationship with Perini Navi, having engineered the sails for Maltese Falcon, Perseus, Felicita West, Rosehearty, Taouey, Xasteria, Morning Glory, Phryne, Andromeda La Dea, and Legacy.

Maltese Falcon Completes First Sail Trial

Doyle Superyacht Maltese Falcon Completes First Sail Trial

The 88-meter Clipper Yacht Maltese Falcon successfully completed her first sail trial on the Bosphorus sea on June 7th with an offshore breeze that gradually increased from 8 to 16 knots. Maltese Falcon was designed and constructed by a collaboration of Perini Navi, Ken Freivokh, and Dijkstra & Partners. DOYLE Sailmakers engineered the 15 pushbutton-controlled, internally furled square sails. Read more….