Top 10 moments of 2012

Thursday, January 10, 2013

It was an amazing year for everyone on the water, and a great one for Hyde Sails, which saw continued expansion to its network, and some fabulous results over the year. Here are the high points of 2012 as seen by the Hyde Sails team…

Warsash Spring Series success

It was a great start to the year when the First 40 ‘Winston’ had a fabulous result in IRC2, winning ths Sprng Champs, while the two Hyde-powered J/80s ‘J2X’ and J’ai Deux Amours’ battled it out for the top spot in the Series… Read more here.

Squib dominance

Over recent years Hyde’s presence in the class has grown considerably and 2012 wasn’t short on top results, performing throughout the fleet. Results included: Cowes week: 1,2,4; Burnham week: 1,2,3,4,5; East Coast Champs: 1,2,3,5,10; South Coast Champs: 1,3,6,7,9; Gold Cup: 2,3,5,7,8,9; Nationals: 2,3,5,6; Inlands: 2,3,5,6,7,9.

The rise of the Hyde-powered Optimist

photo by Mike Wynne-Powell

The Italian arm of Hyde Sails has been building up the brand’s presence in the Optimist class. Young Andreas Totis, powered by Hyde Sails, had a fantastic result in his first worlds and great results all year.

J/80 speed

There were a host of great results over the year in the J/80 class, with Hyde’s sails fighting it out at the top of the highly competitive class.

Clipper Race Finale


Yet again the boats finish this epic race with all the sails still in good shape, and provide a great spectacle as they sail up the Solent sporting Union Jack spinnakers built by the skilled team in Hyde sail loft.

International and UK growth

It was another fabulous year for distribution growth... we welcomed 11 new distributors across the world. Hyde is now represented in 21 countries, covering Europe, the USA, Canada, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.
Hyde also held its first distributor conference, held in the UK and attended by distributors from across the globe. Read about it here.


New Boat Shows

Dusseldorf and Southampton were just two of the Boat Shows Hyde attended for the first time in 2012, both were a great success and Hyde will be back at both events in 2013 with an even bigger stand.

New offices


To cater for the growing network across the world, two ‘hub’ offices were opened in the UK, one in Hamble and one in Ipswich on the East Coast. Read more about our South Coast and East Coast UK office hubs here.

Cowes Week winners

There was great success for the brand at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week with a stunning six class wins! Read the full story here.

New Clipper 70 design

The year concluded with the arrival of the first of the new Clipper yachts. The Hyde Sails team has been working hard developing the sails for the new 70ft boats, which will feature in the 2013-14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The team will be sailing the boat early in 2013. Altogether it was an amazing year, and 2013 looks like it could be even better, with new developments in a wide range of classes and continued growth as the Hyde team continues to focus on delivering the best sails and service to keep you at the front of the pack.


With the sailing season just around the corner, we have some very special offers to start the year, for a limited peroiod only! Please click here to contact us for a quote. Alternatively, call 02030 090 447.

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