News Shockwave wins Newport-Bermuda race

02 Jul 2014

More race success for Doyle boats, with line honours and a division win for George Sakallaris’s Shockwave in the Newport-Bermuda race, and second for Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente with a partial Doyle inventory.

An elapsed time of 63:04:11 won Shockwave the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Trophy for the second time in a row, following her previous win of the Newport-Bermuda race 2012 on IRC.

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Owner Sakallaris was delighted with the performance of Shockwave and her Doyle sails. "I believe our Doyle Stratis mainsail is much lighter than our competitors and also the nicest mainsail I have ever seen,” he said. “Continually Robbie [Doyle], Richard [Bouzaid] and the whole Doyle team are coming up with clever and innovative sails that play a huge part in us continuing to win races against much newer boats, I am one very happy customer!"

 This solid podium result from this 635-mile ocean race is continued demonstration of Doyle’s growing reputation in the performance sector, with their Doyle Stratis GPX performance sails. Developed for high-durability high-performance the innovative Stratis technology offers weight savings and performance gains over rival sails.

“We have been really pleased to see Shockwave’s strong and consistent performances and even more pleased that George and his team are so happy with the Doyle inventory,” said Richard Bouzaid, Head of Design at Doyle Sails NZ, who sailed on board Shockwave for the race together with tactician Robbie Doyle. “Doyle always works closely with each yacht team to achieve a custom sail solution and to ensure optimum performance.”

For full insight into Doyle founder Robbie Doyle's work with Shockwave on their sail program and a more detailed report on the race click here.