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.”