Wednesday, May 25, 2016
With 15 – 20 boats competing in the nine races of the Lymington XOD Wednesday and Saturday summer series completed to date, Stuart Jardine has been seen on the top step of the podium in six of them. Sailing his Hyde Sails powered XOD ‘Lone Star’ X119 he has already exceeded the number of race wins recorded last year.
Stuart, a well-known doyen of the fleet has been sailing the XOD for many years, recording six ‘Captain Cup’ wins between 1999 and 2009. Still enjoying his sailing, he is though, after 82 years, finding it harder to get under the boom and, without proper toe-straps permitted, sitting the boat out.
He has put this years’ upsurge in results down to a number of reasons. The first is that there have been no major tweeks to the boat or sails, just a gradual calculated improvement, so changes could be easily quantified. Time was also spent over the winter re-fit checking and replacing where appropriate any fittings on the boat that might not have been fit for purpose. The final big change to his racing this year has been a personal ‘re-fit’. After 82 years of hard use he underwent an operation over the winter to have his cataracts sorted and which, he reports in his own words as, ‘it’s like being a teenager again, seeing the racing marks right across the Solent and also being able to see the wind-shifts much earlier than before’.
With the sails used so far this year being a season or more old and having just taken delivery of a new suit of Hyde sails, Stuart is looking forward to the forth-coming Cowes Classic Week in mid-July and maintaining his successful start to the racing within the Lymington XOD division.
Meanwhile Ben McGrane who will be racing in the Hamble XOD division will be launching his Hyde Sails powered ship within the week and we look forward to reporting his successes in the future.
For further information on XOD sails please contact either;
Wooderz - Wooderz@hydesails.co.uk - 07764 933 894
Dave Hall - firstname.lastname@example.org - 07525 271 500