Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Light winds provided a real test for a competitive fleet at the Squib Inland Championship
Over 40 boats made it to the startline for the 2012 Squib Inlands held at Rutland. The event was held in very sunny, but very light conditions, with racing taking place in less than eight knots and the last race abandoned as wind dropped completely.
Two of the Hyde-powered boats spent the Friday before the event testing new sails. Hyde’s Nigel Grogan said: “Trying the new sails versus the current ones, we found them very fast… if there was some wind... shame there wasn’t any for the event!”
Race one was all about going left and the Burnham fleet cleaned up with Micky Wright winning from Phil Aspinall and Malcolm Hutchings – all three sailing with Hyde Sails... in fact Hyde powered six out of the top seven finishers!
Race two was a repeat, left paid and again it was a Hyde 1,2,3: Malcolm won with Brian Holland second and MIcky Wright third. Race three saw Nigel Grogan and the Rileys swapping the lead four times, with the Rileys just ahead at the finish. Micky Wright managed fifth to be the overnight leader with Nigel Grogan in second ahead of the Rileys.
Sunday looked unlikely with no wind and fog across the lake, but it lifted and a five-knot north-westerly filled in. MIcky overdid the socialising a little at the Hyde Sails’ Chinese meal and could only manage a 13th in the only race of the day, while the Rileys got another win. So overall, it was the Rileys, with MIcky in a sensational second, and Nigel Grogan third, while some big names struggled.
Nigel Grogan concluded” “Micky was sailing with Marion Aspinall as a special light airs crew... it paid off. I think they and the Rileys were the lightest crews on the track. We felt we were quickest as soon as we were on the same side of the boat (which wasn’t often!), which bodes well for the new sail designs. Our new maximum size kite was a missile... which was very good news.”
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