Squib success for Hyde's sails

Monday, April 12, 2010

Hyde Sails' hard work developing its Squib sail design over the winter has paid
off, with Hyde's sails dominating the opening regatta of the season, the Mike Flint

The first regatta of the Squib season took place at Burnham on Crouch over the Easter Weekend, with the fleet competing for the Mike Flint Trophy. The event had a sailmaking subplot as Hyde Sails' former Squib agent, White Marine had defected to Lonton and Grey with both teams eager to see whose new designs would prove to be fastest…

Good Friday saw the opening contest for the Champagne Race with a strong breeze and low water restricting the course laying options, Nigel and Jack Grogan from Hyde in 'Helmut Shoeing' pulled away from Dave White and Mel Titmus in 'Easy' for a comfortable win, with Malcolm Hutchins and partner Jacqui ('Lady Penelope') in the other boat
sporting new Hyde sails third.

Saturday morning saw light variable breezes and a monster 2.5-hour struggle against the elements, Nigel and Jack's lead at the first mark was eliminated when the race turned inside out and Malcolm astutely went up the opposite bank to get well ahead with Paul Buckley ('Electra') just astern before he ran aground. Micky Wright ('Spoof') then planed up the middle of the river in his own jetstream to win, with the Grogans second and Malcolm unhappily OCS. Saturday afternoon saw the fleet racing up the Roach and a close tussle between Malcom and the Grogans well ahead of the rest with the race being decided when the Grogans managed to carry their spinnaker on the reach back to the finish. Micky Wright took a good third with Sarah Hastwell making a guest appearance on Dave White's boat for fourth.

Sunday saw Malcolm build a big lead with massive upwind speed, unfortunately for him the wind filled in from behind and in the long run downriver Paul Buckley, Robert Coyle ('Humphrey') and the Grogans all caught up. With clever balancing of tide versus breeze Robert just edged ahead for a final mark white knuckle ride, but the Grogan's sailed over them on the fetch to the finish with Malcolm second. The afternoon saw fresh conditions and Malcolm over the line again. But Simon Sanders (What's the Story') put his foot down and flew up the first beat. The Grogans managed to wriggle ahead and stay there to win from Malcolm by a boat length, Simon hung onto a well deserved third with Paul Buckley fourth.
With the event won the Grogan's sat out the final race with Lonton and Grey fielding their third guest helmsman of the event. Dave's brother Pete White pulled off a win from Malcolm as for the second time they were out spinnaker reached. Paul Buckley took third to also finish third overall, beating 'Spoof', the first placed Lonton and Grey boat into fourth. Simon and crew excelled with fifth overall, ahead 'Easy' in sixth. A comprehensive win for Hyde in 'the battle of the sailmakers'.

The event was blessed with a good mix of courses and breezes and leaves the fleet itching to get to grips again at the Gold Cup in a few weeks' time.

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