Congratulations to Martin Wrigley for making the Optimist Worlds Team.
WPNSA played host to the Optimist Selection Trials, one of the most important Optimist events of the year which was held over the bank holiday weekend.
The top 86 Optimist sailors in the country, completed a 15 race series over 4 days in Portland Harbour and in Weymouth Bay, for the honour of representing GBR in this year’s World and European’s and Development teams, the Flanders team and training in Greece. Only the top 5 GBR sailors are able to qualify to compete in the worlds, and 7 including the top 3 girls in the Europeans.
Martin finished 3rd overall and showed excellent pace in all conditions throughout the weekend, Martin will be flying out to the Dominican Republic in July.
Congratulations also go to Josh Haynes who finished 16th and made the development squad.
Northampton Sailing Club hosted the GP14’s over the May bank holiday, 8 races were sailed in total and HD won 5 of them!
Andy Davis & Andy Hateley topped the podium, Mike Senior & Chris White also using HD Sails finished second. Both boats tied on points and it was the two Andy’s with three race wins that gave them the Title.
Last weekend saw plenty of wind and rain. The forecast tried very hard to put people off but we fought the weather and yet again we got our quota of sailing in.
HD Sailor Nick Craig Won the Enterprise inlands with HD Sailor John Woodward in second, having taken delivery of their new sails the weekend before. It was a tad to windy to put up the new sails, so they used their old Jim Hunt designed sails proving quick around blustery Rutland. Their New Enterprise Sails now have a radial clew in the mainsail to provide more stability and minimal stretch, look out for them at the next open meeting.
The Merlins headed to Hayling Island and had two races in the estuary. HD Sails finished first and second, Jon Gorringe won both races showing excellent pace in the windy stuff. Matt Biggs finished second.
Matt was using the Selden mast and Jon was using a Chipstow, here at HD we have been working on all our designs and making sure our sails fit all the different selections of masts available on the market.