Effective immediately, MacDiarmid Sails has bought the Doyle Sails Sydney loft, merging these two leading names into one business, trading as Doyle MacDiarmid Sails. This move will strengthen both parties, with the Doyle Sydney loft now under the management of owner Shane Guanaria.
A hugely experienced sailor, Guanaria’s impressive resume covers offshore racing, including nine Sydney-Hobart races and several classes. Recent racing success includes 1st Overall (IRC) as helmsman on Victoire in the 2014 Gosford to Lord Howe Island race, 1st Overall as trimmer on Zen in the 2014 Lincoln Race Week, and 1st Overall IRC/ORCi as helmsman for Victoire in the 2013 Sydney-Hobart. Guanaria started his sail making career under the guidance of Ian MacDiarmid, working at MacDiarmid Sails for seventeen years before eventually purchasing the company in 2013 prior to merging with Doyle Sydney in 2015.
“The decision to merge with Doyle Sails was made due to a need to be able to supply quality membrane to our customers, and to utilise the technology and R&D offered by the Doyle Group,” says Guanaria. “Membrane supply is a big problem for independent sail lofts without their own in house proprietary membrane supply, and as direct suppliers of Doyle Stratis membranes this new position gives us a distinct advantage over all local competitors.”
The move has been fully endorsed by MacDiarmid Sails founder Ian MacDiarmid who comments: “I look forward to working together with the Doyle MacDiarmid brand into the future as we have in the past. Over the past few years membrane supply has been a problem, with none being made here in Australia. This move will be a good thing for the customers now a third entity adds its skills and resources into this Sydney based company.”
This new evolution of the Doyle Sydney loft, based in Gladesville, is now both the best equipped and resourced sail company in Australia, thanks to the in-house sailmaking and design expertise on offer, together with that of the Doyle Sails New Zealand design team, led by Richard Bouzaid. “Use of our own laser cutter together with the proprietary Stratis sails allows us the capabilities to make all sails in house,” explains Guanaria.
The Sydney loft will have the full support of the impressive Doyle Sails NZ facility which, at 7,000sqm, is the biggest sail loft in the Southern Hemisphere. This will allow for increased supply and improved delivery times, with a real focus on customer service. In addition to sailmaking, Doyle Sydney will also offer a full repair service from the Gladesville premises, including a weekly pick up service from all of Sydney’s major yacht clubs.
“The Sydney market is hugely important to the Doyle Australasian contingent, and we anticipate continued growth of the Doyle Stratis brand in this crucial part of the world,” says Chris McMaster, Managing Director of Doyle Sails New Zealand.
“We are delighted to be working with Shane, who has the pedigree, experience and technical know-how to compliment both the team in New Zealand and the other Doyle lofts around Australia,” adds Mike Sanderson, Head of Sales at Doyle Sails New Zealand.
2015 has already seen some impressive results for customers of the Doyle Sydney loft, with key results including a win for the Doyle-powered Wild Rose in the 2014 Sydney-Hobart race, and a win for the Doyle MacDiarmid-powered About Time in the Pittwater-Coffs race. Customers have also achieved podium positions in all major ocean races on the east coast in recent years, including the Gosford-Lord Howe and Sydney Southport races. The Doyle Sydney team looks forward to building on these successes and working on custom sails solutions for a wide range of yachts.