Alex Thomson takes second place in the Vendee Globe 2016/2017, powered by Doyle STRATIS.
What a sailor, what a race. In the fastest Vendee Globe in history, after 74 days at sea Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss has taken out second place, gaining a coveted podium space and finishing just 16 hours behind race winner Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire. This is Thomson’s second consecutive podium finish in the Vendee Globe, considered the toughest sailing race on earth, after finishing third in the 2012-2013 edition.
The first ever 2017 Corfu Challenge featured a world-class fleet of Maxi 72's offering challenging sailing conditions for both the coastal and windward leeward races. It was amazing to see so many Doyle customers flying our sails and making top rankings! A special spotlight on Proteus for winning overall in the regatta.
The 35th America's Cup Superyacht & J Class Regatta brought out 13 super yachts and 7 J Class boats for three days of short and simple coastal sailing along the stunning island of Bermuda. We were pleased to see several Doyle Sails participate in these exceptionally special events. J Class Fleet during the America's Cup J Class Regatta Shamrock V (J K3) has a full Doyle sails inventory. Out of the 7 J Class boats in the race, the legendary J Class boat Shamrock V was the eldest and most darling of them all. Commissioned by Sir Thomas Lipton (Lipton Tea) in 1930 and after several restorations remains the only J boat to never fall under dereliction. Having raced the America's Cup back in 1930 this year's Cup was a sweet reunion to be remembered.
Stu Bannatyne, Grand Prix Race Sales & Projects Rep at Doyle Sails New Zealand, has raced on board Chinese Whisper during the 2016 season, as well at various stages with fellow members of the Doyle NZ team Justin Ferris and Richard Bouzaid.
“Chinese Whisper has proven to be a great all round performer and especially excelled in the long windward leeward style short offshore races that prevailed during the 2016 Bluewater Pointscore,” says Bannatyne. The 62ft Judel/Vrolijk yacht’s inventory includes a sail package by Doyle Sails New Zealand: two nylon spinnakers and four new Stratis sails with our company striving to make our sails faster, lighter and more durable than ever before.
“It is great to see race results that reflect the work we have done to ensure that our sails and the teams we work with are the best in the world”, says Bannatyne
Everything about the new SuperFoiler racing circuit in Australia is about adrenaline-fuelled speed – and that applies as much to the design and technical development of the equipment as to pace around the course. For the Doyle Sails team tasked with producing the horsepower for these high-octane foiling trimarans the challenge was irresistible, despite the tight timeframes for designing, developing and delivering fast one-design sails for the entire fleet.
Having made the decision to try for the Sydney-Hobart record with his impressive Orma 60 Trimaran, Sean Langman approached Mike Sanderson at Doyle Sails to discuss the possibility of working with them on a new STRATIS offshore main. The sail had to be light, incredibly stable to endure the high loads, but also very rugged due to the rigours of offshore sailing. This would be the first time that Doyle had supplied sails to the yacht, and was an exciting new relationship. Time was short and so Team Australia and the Doyle Sails design team, led by Richard Bouzaid, worked tirelessly on every small detail to make sure that the sail was perfect for the attempt.
Sean Langman said: “Without doubt the new Doyle STRATIS offshore mainsail provided to Team Australia was key to our success. The new main was bent on three days prior to our team’s assault on the Sydney Hobart world mark. The main fitted beautifully and performed straight out of the bag. I am looking forward to further adding STRATIS to our wardrobe.”
Leopard 3 reinforced her reputation, taking out the fastest monohull round the island in the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race in 2015. The McConnaghy Boats-built yacht is powered by Doyle, and was constructed to break records. With a rig height of 47-metres, the 30-metre boasts a huge sail area, something which has seen her perform strongly in other Round the Island races, as well as regattas from the St Barth's Bucket, to the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, to the ARC Race.