Thursday, August 25, 2011
Hyde’s sails are making their mark in the south-west with a new distributor, Alan Harris, who has been having a busy summer
IRC south-west championship
The Plymouth IRC south-west championship in July saw some great sailing in all classes. Conditions varied right across the board from near gales to sitting on leeward rails. ‘Ayala’, with Alan on board as trimmer/tactician put in a strong performance to finish second in IRC 1.
The race from Fowey to Flushing and back again a few weeks later saw a great fleet of nearly 30 boats in Class 1, including ‘Balladier’, Alan Harris’s own boat, an Albin Ballad, came in second overall, just 10 seconds off first place.
Fowey Royal Regatta 2011
The light wind Regatta gave some very tactical sailing in St. Austell bay. Again the A35, ‘Ayala’ with Alan on board, was in impressive form and won the Mark Goble trophy home for winning the series in IRC Q class. Her win was particularly fitting as Mark Goble, the former owner of ‘Ayala’ sadly passed away in the spring of 2011 and the cup was made in his memory. The Hyde-powered J/105 ‘Neilson Redeye’, on the first stage of her west country tour, was also racing in IRC Q fleet scoring a creditable third overall with the crew enjoying all aspects of this superb regatta.