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Doyle Sails New Zealand has added Simon Lacey to its superyacht sales team. An experienced sailor and superyacht captain, Lacey will relocate to New Zealand from the UK where he will join superyacht sales co-ordinator Matt Bridge as part of the loft’s core superyacht team.

Lacey has skippered many of the industry’s most well-known yachts, including the J Class’ Endeavour and Velsheda and 37m Ghost, and has worked on construction projects including the major refit of Endeavour in New Zealand.

Prior to his work as captain, Lacey worked as a superyacht sail designer for both Doyle Sails UK and Hood Sails, with projects including wind tunnel testing and development of sail cloth technologies. His sailing CV includes many superyacht and J Class regattas as bowman, trimmer and helm, as well as maxi regattas as captain on Ghost and as bowman on the maxi Nirvana.

“Joining Doyle New Zealand continues a relationship that started in 1999 with the J Class sail order for Velsheda,” says Lacey. “I am now looking forward to continuing this relationship as part of this forward-thinking, progressive team in New Zealand.”

The superyacht sector is one of key importance for Doyle Sails. The company claims that its proprietary Stratis range is increasingly becoming the “sails of choice” for both performance and cruising superyachts.