Hyde sails have been active the 18ft skiff class for over 10 years now. However, with the latest advances in sail technology and boat design the class has been rejuvenated in the UK, creating a surge of interest and also demand for the highest quality sails combined with world leading designs.
Hyde sails runs two works boats that compete on the 18ft skiff world circuit and supports a couple of others too. Andy Budgen, who sails 'The Project', in Sydney, narrowly missed out on the JJ Giltinan trophy last year, which is the unofficial world championships held in Australia every year. He has taken his campaign to the next level this year in the hope of going a step further and taking the title. To do this he approached Mike Lennon of Hyde sails, who has multiple titles to his name, in development classes including the International 14, which is near identical boat the 18ft skiff just scaled down. He then designed, using the new patented continuous fiber membrane system, available only to Hyde sails a complete set of upwind sails using feedback from Andy and his team.
The technology uses a design created by Mike, which is then made into a bladder which is expanded using nitrogen, which is 4 times more stable than air. Therefore, allowing the perfect flying shape to be created ready for fiber guiding to commence. 'Fiber guiding' is the process of rolling the fibers onto the bladder giving the membrane its uniquely designed load path to manage the flow of the over it correctly.
Downwind sails have also been carefully designed in collaboration with Grant Rollerson and his 'SLAM' team based in Sydney and Andy Budgen on 'the project'. We use a specific software system called 'Sailpak' which was developed by the Americas cup team Luna Rosa for their campaign. This is expensive software designed for making the smoothest 3 dimensional shapes.
Hyde Sails, have spent the winter and spring working with the SVOD class to put into action a direct order platform for the class to order their sails with ease and clarity. Customers are able to select the colour combination of mainsail and jib. This information is collected by Warren boats, who submit the order. Hyde sails then manufacture all these One Design sails, if varying custom colours for this large fleet. The record attendence for the SVOD nationals stands at 198!
A locally developed sailboat called the Oz Goose known the world over as sailboat you can have for less than the price of an iPhone recently held its National Championships on the weekend of 3-4 November at the Taal Lake Yacht Club (TLYC) in Talisay, Batangas. 25 teams participated in the Oz Goose National Championships 2018 in just as many boats. People from all walks of life participated in the regatta, some from as far as Cebu.
Royal Corinthian YC, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex (14 October, 2018): Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis have won the 2018 Endeavour Trophy for the fourth time in succession with an impressive scoreline of six wins writes Sue Pelling.
Royal Corinthian YC, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex (13 October, 2018): In the breezy opening day of the 58th Endeavour Trophy, Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis managed to lead at the top mark and win all four races by a considerable margin writes Sue Pelling.