Tuesday, May 01, 2012
The Warsash Spring Series and Spring Championships saw some stand-out performances for Hyde Sails
The First 40 ‘Winston’ had a fabulous result in IRC2, while the J/80s ‘J2X’ and J’ai Deux Amours’ were battling it out for the top spot.
The First 40 ‘Winston’, owned by Andy Uren and sailed by a charter crew skippered by Philippe Falle, finished the Series in second place overall, with a stunning final two weekends to take first place in the Spring Championships.
Philippe Falle said: “It was a great series, with a range of weather conditions enabling us to really learn a lot about the boat. We particularly enjoyed the addition of the Spring Championships, which added up to four races on each Saturday providing the team with a superb opportunity to really develop their boat handling skills early in the season with some exciting racing.”
The team was a group of people who had previously sailed with Falle. He says: “They got together to form their own team chartering Winston and asked me to skipper for them.” The event was their first outing, and will be followed by the IRC Nationals.
Hyde Sails provided a brand new main and J2 for the Series as a part of their ongoing development programme. Falle explains: “We worked with them to tune the boat in an attempt to improve upwind performance, which was lacking at the start of the campaign. There was a remarkable improvement in performance in terms of height and speed as we developed the setup of the boat during the series giving Winston great pace and performance.”
In the J/80 class Rob Larke’s ‘J2X’ and Stuart Hawthorn’s ‘J’Ai Deux Amours’, both powered by Hyde Sails, had a battle all championship, with ‘J2X’ edging it to take the overall title. When it came to the Spring Championships, the positions were reversed with ‘J’Ai Deux Amours’ sneaking ahead of ‘J2X’.
Rob Larke said: “It was a great event and we are delighted with the win, the Hyde one-two shows the strength of our sail development. It’s a great start to the season.” For anyone wanting to order J/80 sails ahead of the class worlds, there’s not much time left as the latest orders can be taken is Thursday May 3.
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