Congratulations go to Hamish Archer and crew of Doyle-powered Fineline who ended their summer racing programme on a high note by taking out both the Richmond Yacht Club and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Wednesday night series. Over to Hamish who reports on their campaign:
“Fineline finished off our summer racing programme on a high note by taking out both the Richmond Yacht Club and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Wednesday night series. The crew sailed consistently throughout the series but excelled in the second half of the season when light winds prevailed. Our Doyle Stratis main and number one headsail gave us great speed and height upwind and saw us catching and passing several of the A-division boats on more than one occasion."
The real weapon in our sail inventory, however, was our recently added Doyle A2. In the light conditions where we had to sail hotter angles downwind we had a real speed advantage over the other boats but we also found that as the apparent built we could sail really deep with it. In some cases we were able sail lower than competitors with symmetrical kites while still maintaining our speed advantage.
In the last RNZYS race we were able to convert a 30 second deficit at the top mark to a 3 minute lead at the bottom mark. That was enough to give us the line and handicap win for the night as well as the extra points that we needed to take out the series overall. A great way to finish the season!”