Monday, February 23, 2015
The Hyde One-Design team took out the new sails for the VXONE Sports-boat for the first time at the wet and wild Grafham Grand Prix at the weekend.
Far from ideal condition for some development work but the winter weather was as much out of control as most of the boats!
The objective was to see how the new sails fared against the works Ovington team who had worked with North and Intensity but who wanted to open up sail supply to other manufacturers
The new designs by Richard Lovering certainly looked the part (and attracted many favourable comments) in jet-black laminate but would they perform? We soon found out....
The Hyde Sails team disappeared over the horizon in race one in the building breeze going faster upwind and downwind compared to the other two VXONE's. However, the good news ended with a gybe set at the last windward mark and an unexpected capsize and swim for the Hyde team.
With a borrowed boat and bent jib shackle stopping the jib being fully sheeted, discretion was considered the better part of valour and with the wind really up the rather too light Hyde team went in and called it a day, but still had two capsizes going upwind to the club......
7th overall was hardly a great handicap result, but it looked as though the new sails were fast out of the box. It was clear that the rig settings were on the loose side for the conditions but sail-wise the production sails will be the same except perhaps for some tell tale windows and a few small design tweaks.
Can't wait to sail the boat again.