In all sizes… At the same time as making ever bigger inroads into the sharp end of the superyacht and grand prix fleets, Doyle One Design continue to knock it out the park in classes like the J/70 and Etchells
Rolex Yachtsman of the Year 2017 and reigning J/70 world champion Peter Duncan knows from personal experience that working closely with Doyle Sails can seriously improve your performance.
‘Awesome!’ whooped Peter, newly crowned as J/70 world champion 2017 on the dockside in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. ‘Everything seemed to go our way – it was just one of those weeks! This fleet has some really great talent, and the organisers and the yacht club have both done an amazing job.
‘Most of all, though, I want to credit the crew. Victor, Jud and Willem have all been just fantastic.’
Any winning crew deserves props but this one in particular had something special about it. Willem van Waay is a Doyle sails rep and a professional sailor for 25 years. He understands the J/70 class better than almost anyone. If you can’t find your A game, Willem knows exactly where it is and can show you the shortest route there.
Jud is Jud Smith, president of Doyle one-design. Before last year’s J/70 Worlds win, Jud’s best year was 2006, when he finally won his first Etchells Worlds after years in the top 10, and the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award followed. Read on.