Wednesday, August 24, 2011
With a host of Hyde-powered boats competing across a range of classes a number of performances stood out, including overall Black Group winner…
Hyde’s sails were dotted across a huge range of classes during this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, including the overall winner of Black Group. James Stableford’s Mumm 36 ‘Panther’.
James says: ‘We were delighted and somewhat surprised to win black group overall this year. A great crew, including Alistair Moore and his new wife Sarah (who were just back from honeymoon), along with a smattering of other professional sailors taking the week off to bring back a bit of fun into their racing allowed us to nurse the old girl around the generally breezy track. Being a Cowes-based boat with the core team living there certainly helps with the local knowledge.’ Their sails weren’t new, but showed the brand’s longevity. ‘We raced all week with the main that Hyde built us three years ago, which has been used economically over that time and still looks good. We also used a Hyde #3 that is somewhat older but still held together fine with the help of some mylar patches.’
In the Squib class, it was familiar face at the front as Malcolm Hutchings and Andy Ramsey in ‘Lady Penelope’ took both the class and were second overall in White Group. Another Hyde sails powered boat, Duncan and John Grindley’s ‘Surprise’ in third. Meanwhile in the Sigma 38 Class where Hyde was dominant taking the top two places. Both boats were sporting Hyde D4 membrane sails; ‘Mefisto’ owned by Kevin Sussmilch finished the week in first overall, while second overall was Max Walker’s ‘Pavlova III’.
Great performances were put in by a variety of other Hyde-powered boats, including seventh overall in the highly competitve 145-boat XOD Class for Simon Rusell. Darren Maple and Richard Lovering in ‘Swallow’, while the The Beken Trophy – was won by Stuart and Mark Jardine and Christian Brewer on the Friday. In the Beneteau 40.7 class Peter Robson’s ‘Trustmarque Playing Around’ was third overall and in Class 7 the Folkboat ‘Mandarin’ took Peter Moore Trophy.
Ashore, the team at the Hyde Cowes loft in Cowes Yacht Haven was working hard to repair sails all week, rising to the challenge of a windy week and putting in long hours to keep competitors sailing.
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