Hybrid Racing

The last week in Weymouth has seen some intensive training on the National Techno One Design, Formula Youth and RSX Youth and Adult squads under the watchful eyes of National Coaches, Barrie Edgington, Dom Tidey, Ollie Woodcock, Toby Monk, Dave Thompson and Clyde Waite.

In perfect racing conditions the training was intense on and off the water for the forthcoming ISAF world championships, to be hosted by Weymouth Academy this summer. It seems like the RYA have done an excellent job in bringing the fleets up to standard after the introduction of the new hybrid style boards. The UK have a strong team of international quality. Some of the names to watch out for are Dan Simpson, Richard Jones, Elliot Carney, Ed Strange, Richard Hamilton, Kim Jiskoot, David Woods, Ali Masters, Beth Williamson and Redmond Scales.

Dave Hackford of Tushingham and Starboard was also on hand to see how the Junior one design rig is getting on. He also introduced the new Hybrid Race Board from Starboard (not to be confused with the Starboard Hybrid Formula).

As you can see from the pictures, the board looks quite different from the RS:X, it is very parallel sided and looks longer than it actually is (about 290cm). It is narrower than the RS:X, and has large chunky, boxy rails, reminiscent of the last F2 raceboard. The bottom shape has the familiar Starboard tail cut outs, but then there is a very pronounced double concave/channel running up the whole deck, much like the hypersonic. The daggerboard is huge, the board is designed to be railed upwind in lighter airs. Unfortunately the wind completely dissappeared before we got the chance to try it out!

Tushingham will also be designing a rig specifically to work with this board, and have got plans to boost the numbers out on the water in lightwinds. Watch this space…

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