As 2015 comes to an end we have the chance to reflect on a year of successes for our customers and the team here at Doyle Sails New Zealand. It’s been a busy twelve months with a record 70,000sqm of Stratis sail membranes being laid at the loft and our team has worked incredibly hard to design and build market leading sails throughout the year. The Stratis plotters have travelled over 4,000km this year laying more than 40,000km of fibre - that's about the same length as the Equator! Our sailmaking division has also been well supported by our other specialist departments - rigging, covers and upholstery.
The R&D team continues to drive sail technology, ensuring that all our customers benefit from the advances in sail design, and Stratis Sail Art, one of our new products for 2015, has been incredibly well received by the sailing fraternity. Stratis ICE also continues to go from strength to strength, with Red Dragon now carrying the biggest ICE sails built to date.
More and more boats are choosing Doyle Stratis and we have supplied sails to a hugely diverse range of yachts this year, from cruising yachts to classics to Maxis and superyachts. Boats featuring new sails have included the TP52 Fox, Hugo Boss, Beau Geste, YD37 Anarchy, Mari Cha III, Little Nico and Rainbow II to name just a few. A project to remember was building the sails for the biggest sailing yacht in the world.
It’s also been an impressive year on the race circuit for Doyle powered yachts with an impressive number of wins across all the classes. Wins have included Menace winning the MC38 Australian Champs, Rio 100 taking home the Barn Door trophy and winning the SoCal 300, Bella Mente winning the Rolex 72 World Maxi Champs, Leopard 3 winning fastest monohull in the Round the Island Race, Rosehearty winning the Perini Cup, Elfje the joint win in class at the St Barths Bucket and Beau Geste’s win in the Coastal Classic monohull division. Congratulations to all our racing customers.
We continue to support grassroots yachting, particularly though our One Design division, with initiatives including our RNZYS Youth Programme scholarship, won by Taylor Burn, and our Junior Scholarships. Doyle NZ has also sponsored a ream of junior events including the Opti Nationals here in Auckland. These are the sailors of the future and we are proud to support the efforts of so many who are helping the next generation of sailors to enjoy time on the water. We've seen wins across all One Design divisions and the Optimist sails in particular are doing incredibly well.
One of our biggest strengths is our team, with their strong focus on customer service, and our team continues to grow with several new appointments in 2015. Peter Boyd joined as Bay of Islands/Pacific rep and John Martin, of the Island Cruising Association, has also joined the team as cruising sales rep and between he and Peter our cruising customers have a real wealth of experience to call on no matter where they are in the South Pacific. Simon Lacey, an experienced former superyacht captain, has relocated from the UK to join Matt in our superyacht sales team. And finally David Le Pelley has joined us to head up our R&D department. We also saw Toby Scoones take over as head of the service department. The team on the loft floor and the service, covers and rigging teams has all worked incredibly hard this year and I thank them for all their efforts.
We are also delighted to announce that David Duff has joined the company as a fourth partner director alongside myself, Mike Sanderson and Richard Bouzaid. Duffy’s significant experience is a huge asset to the company and his work at Doyle over the last three years speaks for itself. Doyle Sails New Zealand is a proudly Kiwi company, 100 per cent owned by New Zealanders, and we four are looking forward to continuing to driving the company forwards in the year ahead.
The Doyle NZ team is pleased to have served many new customers this year and we’re equally proud to be working with so many long-term clients too. Thank you all for your support.
All that remains is to wish you a happy and healthy new year and here’s to a prosperous 2016 for us all. Please note that the loft is closed from 23 December, reopening on 11 January 2016.