HD Sails out & about this summer

This Summer Jim & Andy will be taking part in a few Championships. If you would like to meet up or have anything brought down please don’t hesitate to give them a call.

Jim will be attending;

505 World Championships in La Rochelle 17th-27th July

Enterprise Nationals in Tenby 11th-17th August

Andy will be attending;

Merlin Salcombe Week 8th-13th July

Solo National Championships in Mounts Bay 22nd-27th July

GP14 World Championships in Looe 12th-17th August

Snipe National Championships in Dale 18th-20th August

Merlin National Championships in Lyme Regis 26th-31st August

Hope to see you out sailing.


Merlins at Parkstone

HD Sails showed excellent pace over the weekend winning all 6 races.

Saturday saw 30 Merlins venture outside Poole harbour to race around an olympic course. It was a beautiful sunny sky with a wind around 18 knots and gusts of 26 knots, only 12 Merlins ended up finishing the third race. Andy Davis lead the first race being the only one to fly his kite down the first reach, unfortunately on the last lap he capsized, Jon Gorringe & Toby Lewis came through the fleet after a bad start and went on to win. Second race saw Andy Davis & Ellie Bremer Lead round the windward mark, once again it came to the last lap and Andy capsized at the gybe mark. Jon Gorringe having sat in second all the way round went on to take the win with Andy in second.  In the final race is was Jon Gorringe to lead around the windward mark with John Ibbotson second and Andy in third. Jon Gorringe built up a substantial lead down the first reach. John Ibbotson capsized at the gybe mark which allowed Andy to move into second. Showing great upwind pace Andy caught Jon Gorringe up and with a tacking battle up the last beat saw Jon just pip Andy by quarter of a boat length.

Unfortunately we used all the good weather up and Sunday brought drizzly rain but also wind. This time three races were held inside the harbour with racing around the cans. Thankfully we had a lead boat to guide us around. Richard Whitworth was first around the windward mark followed by Andy & Ellie and Jon Gorringe & Toby Lewis. Richard built up a lead around the back of Brownsie Island but using his local knowledge managed to sail the wrong way around the mark and had to double back on himelf, this then allowed Jon and Andy through. Jon went on to take the win with Andy second and Richard third. In the Second Andy Davis lead around the windward with a substantial lead which was never challenged, new sailors to the fleet Ben and Roz Mcgrane sailing their new boat for the second time sailed round in second but being pushed hard by Dave Hayes & Johnny Radcliffe. Dave managed to pass Ben up the beat so finished second with Ben third. In the third and final race of the weekend Andy Davis was blacked flagged and pulled out up the first beat, Ben Mcgrane lead around the windward mark. Jon Gorringe rounded the windward mark in fifth and manged to show excellent pace downwind to take the win from Steve Leney.

All in all a great weekend with varied conditions and HD Sails showed superb pace through out all the wind ranges, Overall Jon Gorringe & Toby Lewis finished on top with Andy Davis & Ellie Bremer in second.



Blithfield & Midland this weekend

This weekend we are off to Blithfield on Saturday and Midland on Sunday for the Merlin Silver Tiller opens. Lets hope we get plenty of wind and sunshine but i think the forecast is looking doubtful for that.

Chris Gould (Creation Covers) will be there to if your thinking of a new cover or tapered sheets.

Anyhow if your going see you there!


Steve Nicholson memorial race

This weekend we’re both off to the Steve Nicholson Memorial Race. Jim will be sailing a 505 with Norman Byrd trying to defend his title, whilst Andy will be sailing his Merlin with Tom Pygall.

If your going please come and say hello and if you have any questions about our products please feel free to ask.

See you there.