Tuesday, August 28, 2012
With a wide range of Hyde powered boats competing, a number of performances stood out… including wins in six classes
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2012 certainly had something of an Olympic vibe, with many of the sailors visiting during the event, and many of the competitors spurred on by watching some fabulous sailing either in person or on the television.Time to get out and compete themselves.
The week kicked off with moderate to fresh breeze, providing a testing week only relieved by lighter airs on the final day.
Starring once again in the Squib fleet was Malcolm Hutchins sailing with Andy Ramsey to take first overall on Lady Penelope, another Hyde-powered boat, Hussar, was second. Hyde has done a lot of sail development in the Swallow class and it showed in the performance of Gwaihar, which took first overall. The winners of these classes also finished second and fourth in the overalls for white group.
In the XODs, the ‘H’ logo is a familiar sight, and it was a Hyde spinnaker that helped overall winner ‘Catherine’ to victory, congratulations are also due to the Hyde-clad Lone Star, which finished fifth.
The Sigma 38 fleet generally has a good battle, and coming out on top this year was Mefisto, with another Hyde boat, Pavlova III, finishing third.
The J/92 J’ronimo took first in its class, as did the Mumm 36 Panther in ISCRS Division A. Elsewhere the Beneteau 40.7s had a tight battle, with Fandango finishing second and Anticipation third, while in IRC Class 7 Mandarin finished third.
Hyde also had a brand-new Bavaria B One sportsboat for the week. Sadly the only competed in four races. In the first race of the event on the Saturday they where leading when the mast came down. When they returned to racing with a new mast, they posted a 1, 3, 1 scoreline - which just showed what they could have done had the mast stayed up!