Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Hyde-powered boats take two podium positions in a competitive event in Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight
Run over a mixture of courses the J-105 class national championship concluded in Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight with a strong showing for Hyde Sails. All six races were keenly contested with much place changing throughout.
Race one of the series was the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, held on June 30. William Newton (Jelly Baby), the reigning National Champion, was the first J-105 home followed by King Louie (Malcolm Thorpe) and (Pete and Pip Tyler) Neilson Redeye.
Three ‘windward/leeward’ style races were held the following Saturday in predominantly brisk conditions. Whilst there was lots of rain, there were also plenty of grins on the downhill kite legs as the boats were commonly on the plane at 14+ knots in the flat water.
With the leeward mark set off the mainland shore east of Lymington, various windward marks were used along the island shore to compensate for wind shifts and tide. Jelly Baby won the first two races with King Louie taking the third.
Sunday dawned to the strange sight of a golden coloured orb in the sky that historians told us was called ‘the sun’! Two ‘round the can’ style races were programmed for the day using fixed marks. The first race started in 15 knots of breeze, which slowly faded leading the race to be shortened so the final race could then be held with King Louie taking the winner’s gun.
With the breeze continuing to falter and windless areas appearing, there was much place changing as the crews battled to get around the course for the final time. Journeymaker (Chris Jones) took the lead up the first beat and managed to not only maintain this position, but extend his lead around the seven-leg course to take the winner’s gun.
Once all the sums had been completed, the 2012 J-105 National Championship crown was awarded to King Louie (by 0.2 points), followed by two Hyde Sails powered boats, Jelly Baby and Neilson Redeye.
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