Thursday, September 22, 2011
Malcolm Hutchings is continuing to impress in the Squib fleet with his latest triumphs at Burnham Week and the Southerns held on the Isle of Wight…
2011 has been a great season for Malcolm Hutchings in his Hyde Sails-powered Squib ‘Lady Penelope’, showing the high calibre of development work which the Hyde design and production teams have put into the latest generation of Hyde Squib sails.
The Squib class was once again the largest at Burnham Week, with a 20-boat fleet. The week started in typical Burnham style – with a running start and variable conditions from drifting to fully hiking; sun and rain. Early leaders ‘Surprise’ (760) and ‘Lady Penelope’ (819) at the first mark headed towards the north shore to escape the tide but ‘Trophoblast’ (761) and ‘Humphrey’ (823) tacked into the middle of river and into a favourable breeze to lead at the next mark with ‘Chequemate’ (157) in hot pursuit. In very changeable conditions over the next loop of the course ‘Humphrey’ overhauled both ‘Trophoblast’ and ‘Chequemate’ to win.
On day two, most of the fleet went out on a starboard gybe to the south shore to beat the tide only to see ‘Festina Lente’ (678) and ‘Electra’ (709) hug the north shore to arrive at the first mark a country mile ahead. ‘Lady Penelope’ caught the leaders coming out of the Roach with a quick kite hoist and a dive off to the east shore out of the tide and finally managed to overtake ‘Festina Lente’ a few hundred metres before the line. Race two of the day saw ‘Lady Penelope’ slip past ‘Trophoblast’ on last beat to win.
Another foul tide running start greeted the fleet on Monday. ‘Surprise’ led to the finish with ‘Brutus’ second. ‘Lady Penelope’ recovered from an OCS to fifth to win the David Eagling Trophy for the Bank Holiday weekend point’s series. On Tuesday, ‘Humphrey’, ‘Guy Fawkes’ (72) and ‘What’s the Story’ (779) disappeared into distance on the north shore. ‘Lady Penelope’ was the leading lemming and went off in hot pursuit of the leaders to finish third. No wind meant no racing on Wednesday, but Thursday saw a medium breeze coming from the East. ‘Lady Penelope’ was leading on the first loop but tacked too early for a mark and let ‘Spoof’ overtake, and so they finished.
Friday was Duerr Trophy day and a westerly breeze, but not much of it, and another running start. ‘Humphrey’ lead from ‘Guy Fawkes’, but coming out of the Roach, ‘Trophoblast’ flew downwind against the tide to take the lead. However on arriving just before the mark the wind switched off and the fleet compressed to almost line abreast and we were joined at the same time by the RBOD fleet. ‘Trophoblast’ rounded first , ‘Lady Penelope’ second and after much exchanging of pleasantries and a bit of bumper boats between the two fleets, ‘Spoof’ rounded third and ‘Humphrey’ fourth. These positions remained unchanged giving ‘Lady Penelope’ the midweek points.