Monday, July 11, 2011
With a record-breaking entry of 1,900 boats, the 2011 RTI race was proof that sailing and racing in the UK is in good health. With a good breeze in existence from the off, the mass starts made for some 'interesting moments' as rules knowledge and sail/boat handling were pushed to (and beyond) some competitors' limits!
The long beat westward out of the Solent to the Needles was followed by a sleigh ride all the way to Bembridge Ledge buoy before the beat back to Cowes. The attrition rate was high, and included capsized boats and broken masts.
(above) It was a third class win for Mike Brooks' Cape Cutter 19.
Hyde Sails had many customers competing, from the committed racer to the (usually more relaxed) cruising sailor. Two results in particular highlight the range of sails that Hyde Sails is producing. Mike Brooke and crew secured a third successive class win sailing a Cape Cutter 19. This is a traditionally rigged gaff cutter that uses woven Dacron for its sails. Meanwhile in IRC class 2B, two J/105s were battling it out at the front of their fleet. 'Neilson Redeye' (Pip and Pete Tyler) eventually took the class win from 'Jelly Baby' (William Newton) by 69 seconds. Both these yachts set Hyde sails manufactured from carbon laminate.
(above) 'Black Diamond' was fifth in class.On its first outing with her new membrane sails, ‘Wolverine’ the Elan 450 owned by Kevin Mulligan (GBR Yachts) took 10th place in class ISC4 out of 170 boats and 35th overall in group ISC. This was a great result for the boat even when they did not fly their asymmetric all race. Also using a mixture of her GPL Carbon sails and a new Hyde membrane genoa, ‘Black Diamond’, a Figaro owned by Brown, Leese, Elliott, came fifth in class IRC 3a
Hyde Sails would like to congratulate all those who competed in and completed the race this year, and remind everyone that whatever your sail requirements are, Hyde Sails can fulfil them.
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