Hyde Sails powers Clipper Race fleet

Clipper Race The Clipper Race heading to Liverpool. Credit: The Clipper Race
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Hyde Sails has been demonstrating its strength and durability in the 40,000 nautical mile Clipper 2017-18 Race.

This is the fifth consecutive edition of the race for which Hyde Sails has been the official sail supplier. The company has additionally trained race crew in sail repair and provided a bespoke service during key stopovers.

“The Clipper Race is a unique challenge and this applies to its sail requirements and usage too,” said Martin Newman, production manager - Yacht Sails for Hyde Sails. "When racing in the Clipper Race, you have to get from A to B whatever is in front of you and you have to have the equipment to be able to do that."

Easier management

The 2017-18 edition saw two major changes; trialling of soft clews and a popper system to replace wool for hoisting and releasing spinnakers.

“This not only removed the metal on metal situation of shackle to clew but also has reduced damage in this area as more forgiving for crew developing their helming skills under spinnaker whilst reducing weight at the clew and improving performance,” Martin explained.

The white sails onboard also saw some minor adjustments with changes made to make it easier to replace damaged battens in the mainsail.

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