There isn't a stronger, long-lasting offshore sail you can buy.
Bronx, NY (PRWEB) July 11, 2008
While the world's press focused on the most exotic and expensive sailboats in this year's Newport to Bermuda ocean race, a trio of "well-sailed" production sail boats swept the top three places in the most competitive "professional" division of this biennial classic ocean race. What all three also held in common were complete sail inventories from one brand, UK-Halsey Sailmakers.
Smallest Boat in Fleet Triumphs Over Modern Monster Machines
Julien Dougherty's Beneteau 36.7 TENACIOUS, the smallest boat by far in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse division of the 630-mile race, crushed the fleet of modern machines that ranged from 90-feet to 44-feet in classic David and Goliath fashion. TENACIOUS is the first Beneteau 36.7 to ever attempt the Bermuda Race, which many seasoned yachtsmen call one of the three premiere ocean races in the world.
TENACIOUS sailed with a brand new UK-Halsey Tape-Drive ocean race mainsail that still looked brand new - even when the second reef was released after 48 hours of upwind and close reaching work. Her No. 1 genoa was a UK-Halsey MatriX string sail, while her No. 3 was carbon Tape-Drive. The upwind nature of this year's race meant that none of her UK-Halsey spinnakers were ever hooked up.
TENACIOUS didn't just win: she corrected over the second place boat by two hours under both IRC and ORR (the race was dual scored). Of the seven crew members, only two had ever sailed this race before, but great sails and total concentration by her crew spelled the difference.
UK-Halsey's Adam Loory said, "The win was that much sweeter after all the comments we heard from friends on bigger boats about doing the race on such a small boat. Even my boss, Butch Ulmer, yelled over during the pre-start maneuvers, 'It's not too late to change your mind.' I have to admit sailing the 36.7 in this fleet was worse than taking a knife to a gun fight, it was like taking a knife to a laser-guided missile fight."
UK-Halseys earns a sweep in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division
TENACIOUS was assigned to the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse division in this year's Bermuda Race because one of her helmsmen was an ISAF professional - UK-Halsey's Loory. (The all-amateur helmed boats are assigned to the St. David's Lighthouse division.) The Gibbs Hill Lighthouse division typically attracts the most modern, sophisticated and expensive boats, and this was no exception with some custom racing machine entrants purpose-built for races like this. TENACIOUS's owner Dougherty said, "Our crew was made up of friends and we wanted Adam to be a part of the crew. He said that he'd only come if he could drive, so we ended up a little dog amongst a pack of wolves. In Newport, we looked at all the big boats in our fleet and wondered what the heck are we doing?"
Second and third place in the Gibbs Hill Division were also production boats with full inventories of UK-Halsey Sailmakers sails. Second was taken by Tom Carroll's J/133 SIRENSONG and third went to Mark Hanson's J/145 SWEET LORRAINE.
UK-Halsey success extended to four other Bermuda Race classes.
UK-Halsey customers also won four other classes. Richard DuMoulin won the doublehanded class for the fourth time in a row, sailing his Express 37 LORA ANN. DuMoulin's UK-Halsey Tape-Drive ocean race mainsail completed its second Bermuda Race and has been flown in many other distance races including the 2006 Vineyard Race that was sailed in the remains of Hurricane Ernesto. DuMoulin swears by Tape-Drive's durability, "There isn't a stronger, long-lasting offshore sail you can buy."
Class 2 was won by Andrew Kallfetz sailing his Tartan 41 AURORA, flying the same UK-Halsey inventory that he used to finish seventh out of 220 boats in the 2006 Bermuda Race. This year AURORA moved up to fifth overall. AURORA raced with a Dacron main built in 2003 and carbon Tape-Drive genoa from 2004. Randy Baldwin won Class 4 with his Taylor 42 CABADY and John Levinson won Class 6 with his J/46 TABASCO. Another UK-Halsey trophy winner was Bermudian Dr. Stephen Sherwin's Corby 41 NASTY MEDICINE, which finished third in Class 8.
UK-Halsey applauds the masterful sailing of all these sailors and congratulates them on their success. We are proud that each of them used our sails, built with designs and constructions we supply to our customers worldwide. We look forward to working with you, whether for major events like the Bermuda Race or for whatever event is major for you. For information about our Tape-Drive loadpath sails or MatriX string sails call your nearest UK-Halsey Sailmakers sail loft or visit our web site: http://www.ukhalsey.com.