Monday, June 17, 2013
Promising performance at the nationals warm-up event
With the International Moth nationals starting next week, Stokes Bay was the last chance to tune up and test kit before the main event of the UK calendar.
Many boats turned up on Friday to get in some practice especially as Saturday’s forecast looked marginal.
In the Hyde camp Technical Director Mike Lennon stuck with well-tested 2Dm (membrane) with which he scored second overall at the European championship earlier this year. In Friday’s practice, he tried the stiffer tipped version of his mast choices, but whilst this rig was more powerful it seemed to give less dynamic response so finding the groove was more difficult and for the racing Lennon reverted to his CST Elite 4.
As expected Saturday was abandoned, and with gusts of up to 40 knots even boat work was tricky unless you could find some shelter.
Sunday’s start time was early and two good races were held in a moderate southerly. Lennon sailing ‘Hyde sails’ took the first race comfortably having snagged a couple big pressure lifts to the left of many of the race favourites. Lennon was a little shocked at have such a convincing lead so early in the race, which he held to the finish despite a late surge form Chris Rashly.
Race two was lighter, but still reasonable and Rashly rounded the top mark first with Lennon on his transom. There were some changes in position but eventually Rashly escaped to take the win. Lennon followed with Belben third.
The wind soon switched off meaning some boats were out of time and the fleet was sent ashore to wait.
The wait proved worthwhile as a 12-15 knot south-easterly came in, delivering two perfect races. Rashly dominated race three, with Belben second and Lennon third.
The last race of the day started with one minute before the 1500hrs cut off time. Again Rashly took the race, but was pushed hard by Lennon until he jammed the tiller into the boom mid gybe and capsized. Briefly dropping to fourth, Lennon recovered to second with Belben third and class new comer Dylan Fletcher fourth.
Hyde’s new 2Dm is proving popular with many sailors at the front of the fleet ordering. Hyde has been working on its Moth membrane sail for around a year now, but the move to smaller Technora yarn and change in geometry with reduced upper sleeve rotation have led to a marked improvement in performance.
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