Doyle Sails New Zealand has named David Le Pelley as Stratis research & development manager. Doyle’s Stratis is the company’s fibre-aligned laminated sail range, which has forged a reputation for performance and durability.
Le Pelley’s name is familiar to many in the sailing industry. Having led the yacht research unit at the University of Auckland for the past 13 years, he is also the founder of VSpars, the sail shape and performance tracking technology used by sail-makers around the world to test and refine their products.
Commenting on his appointment, Le Pelley says: “I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to join such a vibrant company, which is making a concerted push to constantly evolve and better its products.”
Following Le Pelley’s appointment, VSpars will continue to operate as normal, only will now be centred out of the Doyle Sails NZ loft.
Use of the VSpars technology, together with Le Pelley’s extensive yachting knowledge, will assist Doyle in creating smart technologies that can be easily applied to sails to improve efficiency.
Opportunities include the integration of the VSpars technology into Doyle-made sails to assist the development of the technology’s shape and performance tracking abilities to the benefit of Stratis.
Recent Stratis product developments include the launch of Stratis ICE, a unique new sail fibre, and Stratis Sail Art, a lightweight sail graphics printing solution. A strong beta-testing programme also sees several other new advancements under development.