Sunday, July 31, 2011
Specialist sail repair training is given to race crews as they prepare for the off…
As they geared up for the start, Clipper Race crews were treated to some invaluable sail repair training as part of the ongoing support from Hyde Sails. The one day sail repair course was run by two of Hyde’s highly experienced team, Martin Newman and Paul Austin.
As the official sail supplier for the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, Hyde has been closely involved with the boats as they prepared for their round the world test, helping the crews to train in sail repair and maintenance, which will be a necessary part of their trip.
Hyde Sails will power all 10 of the Clipper yachts as they race round the world. Over the course of 10 months and 35,000 miles of racing, the yachts and their sails will face some of the most testing sailing conditions possible, including the challenges of the Southern Ocean.
Martin and Paul, who have over 35 years of sailmaking experience between them, trained 20 crew members in the art of how to use the onboard sewing machines to repair spinnakers and how to carry out hand sewn repairs to their fore and aft sails. Crews will need these skills in case of sail damage during a leg, when they will need to undertake any essential repairs to their sails in order to finish a leg.
At each stopover specialist support will also be available to service the fleets’ sails and perform more permanent repairs where necessary. For more details and to follow the story of Hyde’s Sails in the race, see www.hydesails.com