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
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.
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'.
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'