Freshly back on the water following her refit at Cooksons Rio 100 (ex Zana, Konica Minolta, Lahana) has won the Yates Cup, her first offshore race she since relaunch, beating Beau Geste and Giacomo.
Sporting a new set of Doyle Stratis carbon ICE sails, Rio 100 will soon be departing Auckland for Australia, where she will race in the Sydney-Hobart.
“As part of her refit, Doyle Sails supplied her with a new set of Stratis carbon ICE sails, including a mainsail, two jibs, two reaching sails and two spinnakers,” says Mike Sanderson, Head of Sales at Doyle Sails NZ. “This was an exciting project for the Doyle team, particularly since Doyle NZ built so many sails for this boat during her previous life.”
Choosing a sailmaker was a key consideration for the refit. “Between the top sailmakers, there is really very little between the products, so we also looked closely at the customer service side in making our choice,” said Keith Kilpatrick, captain and project manager for the Rio refit. “I was very impressed with the Doyle operation. Just seeing it in action, and the hands on approach, reassured me that we would get the attention we needed for a programme like this; we felt that with other big sailmakers we would be just another customer. We are looking forward to seeing the sails in action in sail trials.”
Following the Sydney-Hobart, the yacht will then be gearing up for the 2015 Transpac race, where the Barn Door Trophy is firmly in her sights.