Thursday, April 19, 2012
With the tour in Europe just getting started, the Hyde Sails team is looking forward to a busy season
2012 has already been a busy year for the 18ft Skiffs down under with the 18ft skiff league in Sydney has been under way for six months through the Australian summer and culminating in the world championships at the end of February. With the season now drawing to a close in Australia, and boats being packed into containers to start their tour of Europe and America, it’s time to dust of the cobwebs for the European fleet, with the first UK event at Stone SC.
Just six boats took part in the first event and it was a tight affair with numerous teams having spent the cold winter training and developing gear. The Hyde Sails team finished second overall in the event, despite a spectacular swim that was caught on camera!
The Hyde Sails team has been training and gathering data over the winter and hope to have the lastest updates on the boat by the second UK event (Calshot) and first European event (Hungary) in early May. The Hyde Sails team of Jack Grogan, Mike Banks and Sam Caslin, who finished last year’s season in sixth place overall in the European rankings, hope to move forward into the top three and also improve on their UK ranking position of third.
You can follow the team on Twitter@hydesails18
May 5-7 UK Grand Prix - Round 2, Calshot, Solent, Hampshire
May 10-13 Euro Grand Prix - Hungary, Balatonföldvár, Lake Balaton, Hungary
June 2-9 Euro Grand Prix - Italy (European Championship), Torbole, Lake Garda, Italy
June 29-July 5 Euro Grand Prix - Turkey, Mediteranean Sea, Istanbul, Turkey
July 21-24 Euro Grand Prix - Germany, Travemuende, Germany
Sept 1-2 UK Grand Prix - Round 3, Sandbanks, Poole Bay, Dorset
Sept 28-30 UK & Euro Grand Prix - UK (National Championship), Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth Sound, Devon
For more info on Skiff sails click on the link: www.hydesails.co.uk/skiff