Thursday, April 28, 2011
Hyde's sails take the top spots at the first two open meeting of the season, with wins at Broadwater and Maidenhead for Hyde-powered boats.
The Albacore season has started well for Hyde, testament to the sailmaker's close collaboration with the class. The season opened with the Maidenhead open, which was won by Mark Fowler, with Graham Darvill third and Eddie Mays fourth, also in Hyde-powered boats. This was followed by success for Graham Darvill at Broadwater SC, which played host to the class's second event of the season.
Commenting on his success and the continued development of Hydes sails in the class, Mark Fowler explained: "The Maidenhead event is typically the 'shake down' event for the season. We then needed to get out in the new boat to trial the sails & new rig systems, before moving into the next stage of sail development. The existing 2b Hyde design has a powerful mainsail which is particularly suited to the lighter breeze," he added. "As the wind increases it has becoming apparent that de-powering the rig is the main factor to keep the boat pointing and footing fast."
Hyde's Richard Lovering has spent time on the water sailing GBR 8155, in order to gain an understanding of the intricacies of the Albacore rig and sail shape set up. The boat, aptly named 'Gran Turismo', is the new Ovington Hull boat, but timber decked, produced by GT Marine, which was exhibited at the Dinghy show at Alexandra Palace earlier this year. Further sail development will see the latest offering from Hyde being used at the inland Championship at Hornsea Mere SC on May 14 and 15.
Mark Fowler added: "This new design from Richard Lovering will give us the ammunition to take on the North Americans at the International Championships at Toronto, Canada, in September."
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