19. May 2009 19:20
Speed Sails Mirror sails won the Eric Twiname championship over the weekend of the 9th and 10th May. Winning helm Tom Lovesey has been working closely with Speed Sails over the last year and sent us the following report. He was especially pleased with the new Speed Spinnaker which he felt made a noticeable difference to performance.
"The Eric Twiname Championships took place at Rutland Water on 9 & 10 May 2009 where 16 mirrors took to the water to battle it out for the Eric Twiname trophy.
On Saturday morning it was blowing 15-20 knots on the race course.
Race 1 saw Milly Pugh (my crew) and I leading the fleet round the course. Then Hal and Johnny Miller overtook us at the windward mark when they got a shift.. We later overtook them on the beat to win the race - 1st Lovesey/Pugh 2nd Miller/Miller 3rd Alex Lloyd/ Jack Moore
Race 2 saw Alex Lloyd and Jack Moore get off to a flying start to lead the fleet in the windy conditions with Lovesey and Pugh in second place. These positions stayed the same throughout the race with Meia and Elin Harnett just behind us. 1st Lloyd/Moore 2nd Lovesey/Pugh 3rd Harnett/Harnett.
Race 3 was really tight with anyone up for grabs for first place but this race saw a big gust come through on the run. This race was close. 1st Lloyd/Moore 2nd Lovesey/Pugh 3rdHarnett/Harnett.
Race 4 was the decider on who would win the trophy. Any of the top 3 boats could have won. At the start Lovesey/Pugh did a port hand flyer crossing the fleet with a few other boats. We later won the race by a distance. 1st Lovesey/Pugh 2nd Lloyd/Moore 3rd Peter Sedgewick/Ewan Buyers
Sunday was abandoned as there wasn't enough wind, so the results from Saturday counted.
Normally the ET is for Zone squad boats only but as the event was also a qualifier for next years
National Squad we were allowed to take part. It meant that we could see which zone boats we have to look out for at national events through the rest of the year.
The Speed Sails worked really well, the new shape spinnaker proving very fast."