A successful run for Stratis powered yachts continues with Proteus’ win at the 2016 RORC Caribbean 600 the latest in a long line of consistent podium wins.
This is the third year running that the RORC Caribbean 600 race has been won by Stratis customers following Bella Mente’s win in 2015 and Shockwave’s win in 2014. For the majority of the 2016 race Stratis powered boats had battled for the lead, with Bella Mente leading the race for much of the time until being overtaken by Proteus and later forced to withdraw due to a broken keel.
Proteus’ owner George Sakellaris is a long time Doyle Stratis customer, having worked with the Doyle team for many years on his incredibly successful Shockwave racing campaign and now on Proteus. Shockwave’s impressive track record includes wins at the RORC Caribbean 600 and a two time win of the Newport-Bermuda race, which Sakellaris will be looking to defend again in 2016 on board Proteus. “Doyle Sails has been an invaluable partner in my racing campaigns, with the team providing hands on advice and assistance that helps us get the most out of not only our sails, but the whole racing package” says Sakellaris. “We are very proud of this latest result and looking forward to racing Proteus to more wins in future.”
This latest winning result builds on consistent performances from Stratis powered boats in the maxi world, with results including Bella Mente’s win at the Maxi 72 World Championships 2015 and the Boat of the Week trophy at Key West Race Week 2016, Rio 100’s win of the Barn Door Trophy in the 2015 Transpac and first place and a new course record in the 2016 San Diego to Puerta Vallarta race.
The Doyle Sails New Zealand expert race team – which includes Mike Sanderson, Stu Bannatyne and Justin Ferris – works closely with the company's race customers, allowing them to reap the many benefits of the team’s years of experience on the water. “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 Stu Bannatyne, Grand Prix Racing Sales & Projects Rep. “We continue to strive to make our sails faster, lighter and more durable than ever before and the results sheet speaks for itself. As more and more performance focused owners turn to Doyle to work with them on their race campaigns, there are exciting times ahead.”