As the biggest regatta of its kind in New Zealand, Bay of Islands Sailing Week (BOISW) is an important fixture in the Kiwi racing calendar and Doyle Sails New Zealand works closely with our customers around this popular event. Doyle Sails NZ is also a long-standing sponsor of the Millennium Cup, the South Pacific’s premier superyacht regatta, which runs alongside Bay Week having relocated to the Bay of Islands in 2015.
The 2017 regattas produced some exciting racing and it was great to see such a big turn-out of Doyle-powered boats in the fleets, including Viento II, Georgia, Wired, V5, Anarchy, Oceanis 41.1, California Kiwi, Kaimai Flyer, Equilibrium, Omega 8, Provincial Cowboy, Flash Gordon, Rocket Science, Bonaparte and Icebreaker in BOISW, and Antaeus, Steinlager 2, Pumula and Farfalla with a partial inventory in the Millennium Cup.
The majority of the TP52 fleet in A division was powered by Doyle, with V5, Georgia, Viento II and Wired all carrying Doyle sails but it was Viento’s win, impressively taking out all three classes: line honours, IRC and PHRF. With the crew including Doyle NZ’s Mike Sanderson and Will Tiller, Viento was carrying new J1, J2 and A2 sails that were a custom design collaboration by Daniel Fong and Richard Bouzaid developed in time for BOISW. “The boat sailed really well, winning five of the six races on day one and two, with a speed edge on the first few days that we were able to use to our advantage,” says Will Tiller, Sales Consultant at Doyle Sails NZ. “It was a great result and her new sails performed really well.”
In the Island Racing A Division, Anarchy also cleaned up, winning on general handicap and PHRF, to the delight of her owners Andrew and Atka Reid. Doyle NZ has worked with Anarchy since her 2015 launch and is proud to see the boat’s racing prowess continuing to be demonstrated and her sails producing winning performances. “The top three spots in Island Racing Division A were decided by mere seconds on the race course,” says owner Andrew Reid. “Anarchy finished on top in both General Handicap and PHRF by just a whisker, thanks to some pretty slick crew work and a set of sails which are proving to be both very fast and highly durable.”
California Kiwi - winners Island Racing B
The Island Racing B division General Handicap was won by long-term Doyle supporter Gary Hack's California Kiwi, making use of a full Doyle sail inventory. Hack credited his Doyle sails for lasting the distance and proving incredibly durable, overcoming yachts with much newer sails to secure the win. "On the very last leg to the finish line of the regatta our 12 year old Doyle spinnaker was used to overcome a 400 meter deficit of the lead boat, to win by a mere six seconds within the last 50 metre to the finish line," says Hack. "It was an absolutely fantastic performance from the 12+ year old Doyle spinnaker."
Island Racing C also saw a win for Doyle customers with the Beneteau Oceanis 41.1, brand new and only just arrived in New Zealand, winning General Handicap in their division. The yacht had invested in a brand new Doyle cruising furling UPS sail for the regatta, which helped to give them an edge and secure this impressive result in their first competitive event.
Over the Millennium Cup 37.3m Pumula gave her brand new Doyle Stratis sails their first test run, with Doyle Sails NZ’s Matt Bridge acting as tactician on board, and 31.7m Farfalla put her Doyle gennaker to good use. In the Pacific Cup division, winners Antaeus and runners up Steinlager 2 are both Doyle customers and performed strongly with a win apiece on day one and two and all to play for in the final race on day three. Ahead of the regatta Antaeus’ joint owners, Charles Brown and Peter Harris, had invested in a brand new Stratis ULx genoa, delivered to the boat day only the day before racing began, to help power her up and give her the edge over defending champion Steinlager 2, with Antaeus beating Steinlager to take the Pacific Cup in the crucial decider race.
Viento crew at prizegiving
Anarchy crew at prizegiving
Oceanis 41.1 crew at prizegiving
California Kiwi crew at prizegiving
Antaeus crew at prizegiving
Congratulations to all competitors. Please get in touch with any of our team if you want to discuss any sail requirements to make the most out of your summer sailing and the year ahead.