It’s been a very exciting few months at Doyle sails loft in Auckland as they start seeing the on-the-water race results of their Stratis sail development progamme currently in two of the world’s most significant yachting events – the America’s Cup and the Rolex Volvo Ocean Race. And our success with Stratis has created a unique position within Doyle’s for some one who excels under pressure. More on that later.
After months of design and perfecting the engineering process to create these leading edge new generation Stratis Grand Prix race sails they have finally been put to the test on the race course with significant results.
First up, the newcomers in the AC45,’s Team Korea sporting Stratis on their striking White Tiger skippered by Chris Draper, set their cat among the pigeons by coming second in the 500 metre speed trials behind Emirates Team New Zealand, then put the icing on the cake by beating Oracle’s Russell Coutts in their Match race. They finished a creditable fourth in the series.
After initial scepticism from their fellow competitors for breaking from the rest of the fleet and choosing Stratis sails the overwhelming feeling from the Korean team was that they were very fast and they’ve stuck with their decision.
Chris Draper has requested a further set of Stratis sails from Doyle for the upcoming series in Plymouth.
Meanwhile, Mike 'Moose' Sanderson, skippering Team Sanya has completed the Fastnet utilising a full set of Stratis. Here it is from the Moose’s mouth:
'They went on, they fitted nicely and most importantly, whether we are right or wrong with regards to the choosing of the concepts, they looked exactly how we expected and hoped!!
For Team Sanya to be a success and be the campaign that ‘punches above its weight’ in all areas, we really had to make sure that we as a loft and as a sail program had done our homework. The Volvo 70 as a boat is now on it's fourth generation, so all in all they are well developed. What does throw a proverbial spanner in the works for this race is the fact that two downwind sails and one Jib has been taken out of the Inventory, so plenty to think about. Richard Bouzaid has done an excellent job with the designs, the laminations and engineering look fantastic and the attention to detail and the finesse that the guys have gone to with the finishing is better then anything I have seen in my 22 years of sail making.'
The Fastnet also highlighted Leopard’s success with their Stratis mainsail as they finished with Line Honours in their division.
There’s a lot to look forward to for Team Sanya, White Tiger and Doyle’s Stratis development programme as its reputation grows internationally. Our success has created an opening for a Stratis ‘sails man’ who can walk the talk in top level racing project management. The position is based in Auckland and offers huge potential.
To find out more about this position and where Stratis can take you get in touch with Chris McMaster at Doyle sails
by Stephen Prinselaar - 9:11 AM Tue 23 Aug 2011 GMT
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