Scottish Hyde Sails Distributors Nicky and Chic Medley tell us that their customer Andrew Jackson, who sails a distinctive red Hanse 320 on the Clyde, sent them an email reporting that he was delighted with his new Voyager fully-battened mainsail and radial cut jib, and that they “are a huge improvement to point of sail, speed and weather helm!”. Chic says that they have seen a steady climb in the number of cruising sails that they are supplying on the west of Scotland and the Clyde in particular. “We have a number of customers who spend much of their spare time cruising on the west coast, and they have been appreciative of the combination of consistently high quality and keen prices we have been able to offer for Hyde Sails”.
Just a quick message to thank you for the tuning session at Parkstone a couple of weeks ago.
The increased rig tension on 3934 has made a difference to our upwind speed, and I won the following Wednesday race. I was particularly pleased to be getting to all the windward marks before Crispin Read-Wilson, who previously had the legs on us upwind.Yesterday in our club points race we came 5th out of 16 boats, but had been as high up as 2nd.
Christina and Steve have also been going really well, coming second out of seventeen in the previous Saturday race. (I didn’t compete as I was RO for an open meeting)
Thought I’d let you know that we won the irc2 fleet at largs over the weekend just past. Very light most of the weekend but boat was going well.Beat Ben in the green boat, John Kent on the Farr and quarter tonner Phoenix and John Reekie has the sb 2o there too.
Received the headsail with graphic for my Bavaria yesterday and for once an item I’ve bought without seeing first has exceeded my expectations tenfold.
Quality, finish and graphic application is brilliant and twice the quality of the original sail.
I’m planning to order a matching new main soon
I am really happy with the new Genoa especially since it has made a significant difference in performance.Jeffrey
Pictures of the recently supplied Opi sails we supplied to Fairlop OEC.
The customer is very happy with them.
Please send my thanks to all who worked on them
Good packaging, good luff tapes with plastic hanks, lovely cloth with battens, so I am very pleased with that.
The sail bag is of high quality with sturdy closing ties.
I will report back on Monday as to how we get on in our first race.
Thanks Wooderz,'International Class' yacht owner
We, at Calvert Sails, began sending more of our sail orders to Hyde Sails starting last year. I have been very impressed with the ease of working with the people of Hyde Sails. Not only is the construction quality first rate but, the delivery times have been sooner than expected. I am now sending less orders to other manufactures and more to Hyde Sails. Another important feature for us is the extensive inventory of materials stocked at the Hyde loft. All in all, the best sail manufacturer we have found.Dave Calvert - Calvert Sailmakers LLC
Hope you are well.
With the boat show just around the corner it reminded me to send you a note of thanks for the amazing asymmetric kite you made for me and my Dad last year (Boat SCALLYWAG, Beneteau Oceanis 31). It has made a massive difference to the boat and transformed it from a nice floating caravan into a hot rod race winner.
So what did we achieve? We won the Thursday evening race series at Warsash which was a bit of fun but we cleaned up with 6x 1st.
However we had a major success at the round the island race ISC Rating System 800+ boats. We came Third Overall ISC Rating out of 800+ boats and got the GEISCO TROPHY This meant we were also the winner of ISC Rating System Division 8A and also won TRAFALGAR 200 TROPHY for overall Winner ISCRS Grp 8. All and all a great day at the office.
The sail was amazing in 35+ Knots round the back of the Island and the boat was so balanced and very manageable when bigger boats were falling over all around us. Not sure the boat was designed to go that quick. Anyway just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and your team. I cannot tell you how happy it made my 76 year old Dad, it put a massive smile on his face which he still has, especially as the thought of him winning sailing trophies again at his age was just a dream. I might pop over and see you at the show next week but if we don't meet I just wanted to say thank you and keep up the good work.Christopher Aston | Marketing Director
Richard Just heard back from Tony Muller who received the Jeanneau 409 105% Carbon Sport Jib the other day, very happy and impressed. He is in Townsville and just competed in Magnetic Island Race week. Have asked him to get photos asap. Couldn’t defend title from last year and only got 4 of 6 races completed. 4th oall in division.
Also spoke with crew member on Ian Kennys farr 40 OR and they used the new Lt Jib for the first time and also impressed. Upwind they beat some larger and typically faster boats.Best Regards, Rick Byerley
Hi Jo, hi Mark,
As I received my first Hyde Sails last week, I like to give you some information how it was. The sails arrived last Tuesday in a very robust packaging, everything looked nice and clean. After opening the package and doing a first inspection of the sails, I was very excited about what I saw. The quality of the workmanship is, to my opinion, among the best available on the market. So I had a very good feeling, when I delivered the sails on Wednesday to the client. I met Moritz, Lasse and Mika, the crew of the club owned Albin Express "lets Go" (Clubs name is "Burger Seglervereinigung") to hand over their new sails. Unfortunately, there was absolutely no wind, so we could not have an immediate test sail, but we tested the fit of the sails to the rig and the fittings and I gave some tips to improve the rig tuning, everything went well.
On Friday evening the boys went the first time out with the new sails to participate in the weekly Friday evening club race series and it was like a sensation. They went up and away and did a first place in that race with a very comfortable lead over two sister ships and a number of different other boats.
Overall the customer and I are very happy with Hyde Sails, not only the workmanship is excellent, the sails are also fast.
This first delivery was a good opportunity for me to have a reference about the quality of the product, and I am working on selling more over the autumn and winter season. I attached some pictures, which are also intended for marketing purposes.
The panorama picture shows the lead at the windward mark over the two sister ships, the other boats of the start were even more behind.
David and Judy We have been out four times with the new sail
Quality of sail - excellent
Design. fit and shape - excellent
Performance Improvement - excellent
Its happy time!
Seriously, I am very impressed with the quality and design of the Hyde Sail. My wife who used to own clothing stores said that the stitching was very high quality. When we first hoisted the sail in our slip, I thought the batten overlap with the backstays might be a problem but even in light wind, there is enough sail curvature so the sail slips right past the backstay. The performance improvement from the extra roach is significant.
We approached Hyde for new sails for our 32ft Albin Nova "Aura" in 2015 through personal recommendation and it was immediately clear that Wooderz ‘got’ our sort of sailing – about 70% club racing with friends and family mixed with the Cornish Offshore Group (COGS) series shorthanded and family cruising for the remaining 30%. With every sailmaker we approached suggesting something different from the latest moulded sails to cross cut dacron, Wooderz guided us through the confusing array of options by understanding that we enjoyed racing well under local handicapping, but would be just as likely to hand over the helm to the children Eloise and Charlie midway through a race, or follow up a race with a family cruise over the weekend. Rather than up-selling us, Hyde recommended a balance of performance versus longevity with a 110% headsail film/tafetta laminate reserved for racing and double taffeta laminate mainsail. We had considered a more exotic mainsail and retaining out old dacron main for cruising but as Wooderz pointed out “Once you’ve sailed with the new one, you really won’t want to be bothered to swap back.
We immediately noticed a considerable improvement in boat speed in lighter airs and found it much easier to de-power the main when the breeze is up. We were placed first club two club series in 2015 with a race in hand and came first in the Eddystone Race. For 2016 we added a spinnaker nylon Code Zero to boost our light airs reaching and have won three out of five COGS races, lying first overall in the series with one race remaining. We remain delighted with our sail choice, having, we feel, achieved the optimum balance between price, performance and practical durability.Euan Beattie
I thought you would enjoy seeing the PXB’s on the tempest. A couple weeks back Hank pulled me aside and said that of all the sails he has had thru the years (and he said he has had alot) this is the first set that all he has to do is sheet it in and the shape is perfect. No need to try and shape it. He said most of his past sails have been North. Job well done!! Look how good the head sail looks furled.
Sobstad customer USA
Hi Todd and Daylene,
I finally got a hold of my new sail, and have installed it on the Boat.
Its fits perfectly and looks great, thanks so much for all of your help.
It has been a pleasure doing business with you, the prompt service and attention to detail has been great. I will recommend you to any of my friends looking for a new sail.Mick
Dear Plymouth Dinghy Regatta Supporter
I am writing to thank you for your support for Plymouth Dinghy Regatta. This support was invaluable towards delivering a brilliant event. The feedback from the sailors was very positive. The racing was great, the atmosphere in the club was some of best we've seen for some time. I especially liked the integration of young sailors with the 'older generation' which is what grass roots dinghy sailing is all about.
We had sufficient support to enable us to provide every Topper sailor with a prize for enduring the conditions of up to 30kts over the course of the weekend.
Please see the attached photographs a small selection from the event. We had 63 entries for this years edition of the regatta and I can firmly say that there is enthusiasm to grow this event further and we are already looking at fixing the date as soon as possible for next year.
Thank you again for your support.Kind Regards, KD
Some of the sails from this winter's production and a shot of some deliveries to Bay Sails New York, they are very pleased with the sails and have gotten some great results. I'm impressed with the spinnaker snuffer and the attention to details on all Hyde sails delivered so far.Keven Piper - Bay Sails
This sail belongs to Mr Jorma Kinnunen, he has been the X99 One Design class Finnish Champion for many years along with the Northern Countries Champion in Norway, Sweden and Finland, 3rd in European and 5th World Champion. He is very satisfied with his custom made Hyde Sail and called Antti our Finnish distributor commenting that the sail works very well and he is very pleased.Antti Laurila – Hyde Sails Distributor Finland X99
On another note I would like to let you know how impressed I have been with the excellent service from Michael Ennis and Hyde Sails. Two yachts at our club got Hyde Sails in past year and I was so impressed with them that I ordered a new fully battened tri radial mainsail in Warp Drive material for my Dufour 41 Classic called 'Mingulay'. It arrived so carefully packaged and fitted my boat like a glove. The sail looks fantastic, the quality of the build is superb. Please pass on my congratulations to your team in the sail loft.
Many thanks again
Kind regardsJohnny Ritchie - Yacht Mingulay
Good evening Wooderz, just back from the boat and have to say the quality of the fit and finish on the main and Genoa, not forgetting the Genoa cover, is absolutely first class.Best regards, Bob. Hunter 27 OOD
Hope you are enjoying your regatta, Just an update on the new main sail. Raced today in 3.5knts of wind at Brighton, line honours and beat the other two Prima's quite convincingly. Still just as good upwind as before, so very pleased. I wonder if you could let me have the sail data for the other Prima's so that I could consider my options for the spinnakers.Regards, Steve Trigwell - Prima 38