Doyle Sails has announced the official launch of Stratis ICE, available exclusively throughout the Doyle global network of lofts. Part of Doyle’s Stratis sail range, ICE is a game-changing product that offers weight savings, performance gains and high durability levels for both performance and cruising sails.
ICE is an entirely new and unique UHMWPE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethelene) fibre, developed by the Doyle Stratis team following market demand for a creep free and highly durable sail membrane. Exclusively licenced to Doyle for marine use it exhibits similar properties to high modulus carbon, and is a derivative of Spectra. Since its development, ICE has undergone beta testing on more than 100 yachts – including Team Korea (AC45), Secret Men’s Business (Reichel Pugh 51), Sanya (Volvo 70), and Kenora (37m Wally 107) – with outstanding results.
Following its launch, ICE is now being put on to yachts including 37m Moonbird (Fitzroy Yachts/Dubois), Wired (Bakewell-White 52) and Team Australia (Orma 60).
“We are really excited to launch a sail fibre that is significantly lighter than other fibre options but with the same durability and performance levels,” said Chris McMaster, Managing Director of Doyle Sails NZ. “The Doyle team has been working on this product for some time and we are very proud that we have achieved the perfect level of performance with ICE.”