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Results & Reports 2013

 

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Commodore’s Pot – Saturday 28th September

 

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Alice leads the fleet into Herm Harbour in the new format Commodore’s Pot.

 

Sunday the 29th September saw the grand finale of the 2013 season with the staging of the Commodore’s Pot.  As you will remember, this race used to involve the yachts racing to St. Sampson’s Harbour, all of the crew consuming a pint in the English and Guernsey (Blind O’Reilly’s for our younger readers), then returning to St. Peter Port where one member of the crew would be chosen after a rigorous selection process to run to the clubhouse and consume a further pint – the elapse time being when the empty glass was returned to the bar counter.  In recent years because of the improvements which have been carried out to St. Sampson’s the visit to the E & G has not been possible.  The final pint has always been a feature of the race.

This year the Commodore was keen to see that, to win his Pot, a similar amount of drinking was involved as in the good old days.  To this end, and with the enthusiastic support of a number of crews, The Mermaid in Herm was set as a mark of the course.  For health and safety and practical reasons not all of the crew had to go to the pub but an arbitrary figure of 20% rounded up to the nearest whole person had to purchase and consume a pint in this establishment before returning to St. Peter Port and concluding the race in the customary fashion.

After a small typo in the sailing instructions, which seemed to suggest the yachts start north to south when the first mark was Reffee, was ironed out by Ray Redelinghuys the Race Officer the fleet were off.  It was a beat to Herm in a light easterly breeze and a run back in even lighter breeze and against a small but persistent flood tide.  Perfect conditions for what was really a bit of a pilot scheme which in these conditions seemed to work well with no major incidents, apart from Carpe Diem trying to bring the Herm Harbour pier back to St Peter Port with her, and as far as I know no damage.  Which all bodes well for a similar experiment next year?

 

2013 Commodore's Pot 2

 

Enigma approaches Herm Harbour obviously abiding by all of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

 

As luck would have it our Commodore was enjoying a gourmet weekend of fine dining in The White House and was perfectly placed to do some adjudication when one of the less scrupulous competitors allegedly used their motor when approaching Herm Harbour before the allocated drinker(s) had been dropped off.  Luckily this was corrected by a swift on the water penalty and no more will be said about it.  But just be wary next time.  We have our spies.

Alice, finishing half an hour in front of the rest of the fleet, took the victory by a mere 30 seconds on corrected time from David Herschel competing in his very first RCIYC event with his new Sadler 29, Bunbury, from Dark Horse in third.  Luckily the Commodore had sobered up, I mean returned from Herm, in time to present the prizes in the clubhouse afterwards, slightly later than originally advertised due to the slight lack of wind on the return leg.

 

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Bunbury, David Herschel’s new boat approaches Herm Harbour, fenders at the ready.

 

Evening Race Series Overall Results

 

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Swoffers Evening Race – Thursday 19th September

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The 19th September saw the final fixture in this series sponsored by Swoffers Estate Agents.  The autumnal breezes had started to blow in contrast to some of the lighter twilight sails of the preceding races.  A nicely balanced fleet of 4 IHS Class yachts and 4 IRC Class yachts took to the water for a lively course out to Lower Heads on the top of a big spring tide with a beat back to Anfre before reaching across the Brehon and returning to the finish via Vivian.  The unstoppable Alice won the IRC Class from Banjaard, Vamoosh and D’Elite while in the IHS Class Dark Horse had a return to form winning from the consistent Busker in second followed by a rare visit to the podium by Grand Crew and Elephant in 4th.

Unfortunately Mathew Henry, past Commodore and Director of Swoffers couldn’t make the presentation this year but we wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to him presenting the prizes again next year.

 

Mora Evening Race – Thursday 5th September

 

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There was a great turn out for the Mora Evening Race with 14 yachts taking to the water.  The course for the racers was Vivian, Brehon, race mark U and finish; and for the cruisers Reffee, Brehon, race mark U and finish.  This quick fire course was ideal with the evening drawing in and hot dogs waiting back in the clubhouse.  Alice kept up her fantastic form this season by winning the IRC Class from Blue J’Ade and Kaya.  In the IHS Class Carpe Diem took the win from Busker, who had an incredibly consistent series finishing second in every race to take the overall series result, with Tomahawk in third place.

It was great that Nello and Della Ciotti representing Mora Restaurant were available to present the prizes in the club after the race.

 

Randalls Evening Race – Thursday 22nd August

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The race took place, again, in frustratingly light conditions.

4 yachts started in the IRC Class but only Alice managed to complete the course and take the victory with Blue J’Ade, D’Elite and Majic thinking better of it.

Similarly in the IHS Class there was a great turnout of 7 boats (2 of which seemed keen on pulling up crab pots) but only 3 managed to get a result thanks to an inspired piece of race management by John Lee finishing the course at Reffee.

Carpe Diem, Busker and Grand Crew stuck it out while Dark Horse, Tomahawk, Jaer Pourchet and Elephant headed for the bar.

 

Boatworks+ Evening Race – Thursday 8th August

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The race was a typical August twilight sail with light breezes in fine weather.

Well done to Dark Horse who made up for the disappointment of the Round Herm Race by taking the win in the IHS Class from Busker.

Bad luck to Super Tonic and Guffin who were forced to retire.

In the IRC Class Mustard Mitt took the win from Alice, followed by D’Elite, Dreamtime and Blue J’Ade.

Thanks to John Lee and James Priest for working out the results and presenting the prizes.

 

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Race 7 – Nashcopy Round Guernsey – Saturday 24th August

 

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The Round Guernsey fleet were greeted with wind speeds up to 29 knots and mountainous seas round the Hanois.

Luckily the power boat race, which almost coincided with the start of this race, was set further inshore in Belle Greve than had originally been planned due to the weather conditions. Also, it fortunately had just about finished by the time the 5 yachts fetched across the bay on their way up to the Platte. From there it was a beat off to the west of Grande Havre before cracked sheets all the way down the west coast in some pretty spectacular conditions prior to a big bear away at the Hanois and then much debate as to whether to hoist spinnakers or not for the run along the south coast.

This was a race which could be fairly described as ‘epic’ with the results proving that the handicaps are not all that far out.

Impi was sailed single handed, an impressive feat in these conditions and finished fifth but took the shorthanded prize. The remaining 4 yachts all finished within 9 minutes of each other on corrected time after a 4 hour race. Fourth was Dreamtime, third was Aztec Gold and second, by 50 seconds, was Fandangle with Alice taking another victory in this race and an impressive overall win in a diverse 7 race series.

The race was followed by an equally epic evening sponsored by Nashcopy in the Crow’s Nest.

 

Race 6 – Nashcopy Round Herm – Saturday 27th July

 

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The Round Herm Race took started off in virtually no breeze with a spinnaker run down to to Anfre.

After the breeze filled in a tiny amount but not enough for Dark Horse who unfortunately had to retire. The remaining 6 boats completed the race with Alice achieving victory from Dreamtime, followed by Blue J’Ade, Kaya, Aztec Gold and Majic 2.

A special thanks to Stuart Bloese for working out the results in my absence and for Dino and John Lee for presenting the prizes.

 

Race 5 – Nashcopy Hanois Race – Saturday 20th July

 

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The Hanois Race started off in virtually no breeze and from the completely opposite direction from forecast and then steadily built during the race.  5 boats enjoyed the spinnaker run to the Hanois and some may have even enjoyed the beat back but others endured it with the wind gusting to 27 knots against the tide at St Martins Point.  Victory was taken by Dreamtime from Alice in second place followed by Majic2 and Dark Horse with Carpe Diem bringing up the rear.

 

Race 4 – Nashcopy Round Sark & Herm – Saturday 13th July

 

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8 boats started but due to a fading breeze and a turning tide only 3 managed to complete the course.  Alice took the honours from Banjaard in second and Kaya in third.  It was a shame that the wind died as the first 2 legs from the start to Anfre and from Anfre to L’Etaq were really very nice with the majority of the fleet flying their spinnakers all the way to Sark.  It was however a lovely summer’s day so I suppose we shouldn’t complain.

 

Race 3 – Nashcopy Herm via Tobars – Saturday 15th June

 

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Five brave boats competed in the Nashcopy Herm via the Tobars Race in what is turning out to be a very windy 2013 season.  The short fetch to Anfre saw Alice take an early lead and they opted to hoist their spinnaker for the run across the Little Russel to the mouth of the Tobars Passage.

Unfortunately, trouble with their kite in the gusty conditions allowed Blue J’Ade to close the gap.  The spinnaker was dropped for the reach through the passage and then hoisted again for the run out to Noir Pute where the boats gybed for the reach up to Grande Anfroc.  That was the sleigh ride with the boats reaching the seals rock in less than an hour but from then on it was up hill all the way for the 6 mile beat into the face of a wind reaching 36 knots at times back to the finish at Castle Cornet.

Although Alice took line honours Blue J’Ade took the victory on corrected time with Enigma in third but credit must also go to Fandangle and Grand Crew for fine performances in the most blustery of conditions.

 

Race 2 – Nashcopy Les Dents – Saturday 1st June

 

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Race 1 – Nashcopy Round Sark – Saturday 11th May

 

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The first of the Nashcopy Navigational Series kicked off with the Round Sark Race on the 11th May.

Six yachts took to the water in bracing conditions which saw them making good speed on the fetch to Anfre and the broad reach across to L’Etac.

Two brave boats hoisted their spinnakers for the run up the back of Sark before turning into the teeth of a 30 knot plus breeze on the nose for the beat back from Bec du Nez to Lower Heads. The fleet had made such good time up to this point there was little in the way of tidal assistance on the return journey.

Simon Henning’s Alice took line honours and victory on corrected time from Blue J’Ade in second and Dreamtime in third.

There was a great turnout for the prize giving and complimentary buffet in the evening in the clubhouse kindly sponsored by Nashcopy.

 

 

Law at Work Alderney Pursuit Race – Saturday 17th August 

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Governors’ Cup – Sunday 30th June

 

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Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands – Dinard Race (Granary Trophy) – Friday 21st June (rescheduled 5 July)

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The Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands Dinard Race had to be postponed at the first attempt due to a rather windy forecast.

This fortnight delay turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the 4 yachts that took part.  Light winds at the start gave a slight cause for concern and the latitude of 49 degrees north was given as a possible shortened course mark (Northwest Minquiers) but as it turned out the wind built and held so that all of the yachts could finish the entire course in Dinard.

It was a beautiful clear night and the star studded sky saw a number of shooting stars.  The spinnakers were carried right the way through the night from start to finish.  Well done to Busker for taking the victory on corrected time followed by Volare, Enigma and Impi.  We must also thank Busker’s crew and especially to Stephan Le Roy for organising a fantastic lunch at short notice when the yacht club could not accommodate us on the re-scheduled Saturday.

 

Oak Trust Impi Shield – Saturday 8th June

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On Saturday, 8 June, the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club (Guernsey) Limited (RCIYC) hosted the 5th Impi Shield Yacht Race, sponsored by Oak Trust (Guernsey) Limited.  13 boats started the race, with the newcomers welcomed by the club.

This year saw a change of format with the RCIYC and Oak Trust forgoing a cash prize for the race winner and instead opting to support local male cancer charity – Male Uprising Guernsey.  The race was also first in the Bailiwick to support a charity and the RCIYC introduced a new trophy – the MUG – for the overall winner between Racing and Cruising Classes.

True to form, good summer weather played hide and seek again and the 13 boats were met by strong Force 7, gusting Force 8 North Easterly conditions on the Castle Cornet start line.  The seasoned skippers respected the conditions and left adequate room for each yacht to safely start the race.  The field split immediately with some skippers opting to sail towards Reffee and others choosing to tack East out into the Little Russell to get into the favourable tide.

 

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It was a hard beat against the wind and tide up to the first mark, Grand Amfroque, at the very north of Herm.  The Racing Class yachts established an early lead and “Kaya” (R Martell) was first to round the mark, closely followed by “Alice” (S Henning).  Four Cruising boats retired whilst still in the Little Russell, with various equipment failures.  “Impi” (R Redelinghuys) was the last retiree when his reefing lines snapped under the constant pressure.  This left only two Cruising Class boats in the race – “Kite Runner” (R Storey) and “Enigma” (M Huntley).

“Blue J’ade” (A Clark) managed to stay ahead of “Dreamtime” as the yachts accelerated off the wind towards Blanchard East Cardinal Buoy.  Strong tidal conditions created big seas off Blanchard but this was the last windward turning mark with the boats starting to head downwind link runaway trains.  “Alice” surfed waves under spinnaker at just under 20 knots, battling for the lead with “Kaya”.

Once the yachts rounded the south of L’Etac, they gybed towards Lower Heads South Cardinal and then home.  The second half of the race back towards Guernsey was sailed at a furious pace where yachts made good speed from the odd 40 knots gusts.  “Kaya” completed the 28 nautical mile course in just over three hours, followed by “Alice” and “Lady of Aquitaine” (M Belcher) only minutes behind.

“Enigma” managed to lead “Kite Runner” all the way around the course and got line honours at the Castle finish line.

All the crews and guests were entertained by Oak Trust (Guernsey) Limited in a Marquee on the Careening Yard Arm where cold and tired bodies could replenish reserves at the hog roast buffet.

Dan Collins, Council Member of M.U.G, and cancer survivor, gave a brief speech about male cancer awareness that was followed by a raffle and auction of sport memorabilia to raise funds for M.U.G.

Mark Chasey, CEO of Oak Trust, announced a substantial donation to M.U.G and thanked the charity for the valuable work they were doing locally.

Once the handicaps were calculated, “Kaya” took the honours and the Oak Shield in Racing Class, followed by “Alice” and “Blue Jade” .In Cruising Class, “Enigma” beat “Kite Runner” to the Impi Shield.  The inaugural overall prize for The MUG, was awarded to ‘Kaya”.

Ray Redelinghuys, Vice Commodore of the RCIYC said that he was pleased with the support of local yachtsmen and was hoping to grow the race amongst sailors that don’t race that often and yachtsmen from the other neighbouring Islands.  The new format is set to continue and will again be for the benefit of M.U.G next year.

 

St Peter’s Trust Cherbourg Race – Saturday 18th May

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The St Peters Trust Cherbourg race took place on the 18th May and saw contrasting conditions to the Round Sark race the week before, again a 6 boat fleet set off from Castle Cornet, this time going north in idyllic sailing conditions with a light breeze blowing from the northeast.

Unfortunately the breeze was not to last and of the three cruising yachts in the fleet only two made it to Cape de la Hague under sail power alone with the three racing boats struggling to cross the finish line in Cherbourg under spinnaker in very light airs.

Blue J’Ade took the win on corrected time after Martin Belcher’s Lady of Aquitaine crossed the line first. Martin Ozard in Black Jack was second on corrected time.

Thanks must go to Martin Priest of St Peters Trust for sponsoring the evening meal in the Cherbourg Yacht Club which was enjoyed by 36 hungry sailors.

Unfortunately our Commodore who had planned to attend the event in his motorboat was unable to make what would have been an ideal trip because of technical problems.

 

Heritage Frostbite Series

Heritage Frostbite Series 2013 Overall Standings

 

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Race 7 – Saturday 23 March

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The final race in the Heritage Frostbite Series 2013 was definitely ‘a game of two halves’. Light wind, blue skies and mild temperatures greeted a fleet of 20 yachts for the start of race 7, but half way round a keen north-easterly breeze blew in, the mist descended and the temperature dropped.

 

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The first leg south from Castle Cornet to Anfré rock and post saw the 9 racers hoisting their spinnakers on the start signal and punching into the flood tide. The 11 cruiser class yachts followed suit five minutes later. With the wind slackening off at this point and the tide running north the two classes started to concertina at Anfré before they turned the corner for the upwind leg with the tide under them for the second leg to Brehon Tower. The two Melges 24’s Mad Cap and White Rabbit were having their own battle at the front of the fleet, Roger Martel swapping his J122 to helm Rabbit in, Simon Henning’s absence.

It was as the fleet was spread across the eastern side of the Little Russell that the clouds rolled in on a freshening north-easterly causing the temperature to drop and the visibility to reduce from very good to less than a mile as the yachts rounded Brehon and hoisted their spinnakers for the leg to Aiguillons. Guernsey disappeared into the mist and the next marks of the course vanished.

The cruiser class gybed at Aiguillons and broad reached back to their final mark Reffee before another gybe and flying their spinnakers crossed the finish line at a cracking pace. The racers had a longer course running back down to Anfré again before beating up the Little Russell to Vivian race mark and finished several minutes after the cruising class having sailed a longer course.

The top three in the racer class were the same on the water as they were when the handicaps had been applied. Brothers Jamie and Grant Hamilton in Mad Cap finished first, White Rabbit crossed the line second and Black Jack, a J109, owned by Martin Ozard and Steve Morris finished third. In the cruiser class Gordon Wilson’s Swan 38, Tomahawk, took line honours from Enigma, Mark Huntley’s Mystery 35. It was fitting that the two sponsor’s boats should get across the line first and second in the last race of their series, when the handicaps were applied however it was David Aslett in Carpe Diem, a Jeanneau Sun 2000, who took first spot from Gordon Wilson with David Herschel in his Sadler 26, Glenfruin in third.

It has been a fascinating series of races with a huge range of conditions a variety of winners in the individual races. As this was the last race in the series the overall results were calculated and the sponsors generously provided the prizes in the clubhouse afterwards. The overall results were:

 

Racer Class

  1. White Rabbit – Simon Henning
  2. Mad Cap – Grant and Jamie Hamilton
  3. Black Jack – Martin Ozard and Steve Morris
  4. D’Elite – Martin Priest
  5. Majic – Mick Holland
  6. Blue J’Ade – Aden Clark
  7. Mustardmitt 2 – Jim Nicolle
  8. Fidelite – John Knight
  9. Vamoosh – Rupert Dorey
  10. Dreamtime – Richard Babbe
  11. Lady of Aquitaine – Martin Belcher
  12. Kaya – Roger Martel
  13. Tacktic – John Whittle

 

Cruiser Class

  1. Glenfruin –David Herschel
  2. Panthalassa – Ian Le Maitres
  3. Aztec Gold – Clive Le Tissier
  4. Dark Horse – Dino Castro
  5. Enigma – Mark Huntley
  6. Altair – John Franklin
  7. Minstrel – John Elliot
  8. Tomahawk – Gordon Wilson
  9. Guffin – Alistair Bisson
  10. Carpe Diem – David Aslett
  11. Busker – Duncan McKerrell and Brian Parkin
  12. Impi – Ray Redelinghuys
  13. Grand Crew – Ray Blakely

 

Race 6 – Saturday 16 March

Race cancelled due to weather conditions

 

Race 5 – Saturday 2 March

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A biting north-easterly breeze greeted a fleet of 18 yachts for the start of the race 5 of the Heritage Frostbite Series.

Several of the racer class hoisted their spinnakers immediately after the start for a shy reach to the first mark, Anfré rock and post. Five minutes later the cruiser class started with the same first leg. Dino Castro making a flying start in his Contessa 26.

The 2 Melges, Mad Cap and White Rabbit, were first to the post and dropping their kites they hardened up for the beat across to Aiguillons race mark. With the flood tide running north and taking the yachts up wind it was easy to over stand. By the time the fleet reached Aiguillons mark, Mick Holland’s J122 Majic had split the Melges as they headed off to the south cardinal bouy, Lower Heads. Most of the racing fleet again hoisted spinnakers for an even closer reach along this leg. None were able to hold these sails all the way. In the battle of the three RS Elite’s Phil Babbe helming Fidelite had a comfortable lead at Aiguillons but was unable to deploy the spinnaker for the downwind legs as the other two sailed past.

After Lower Heads the fleets split with the racer class having a run back across the Little Russell to Anfré while the cruisers turned to head northwest to Vivian. Mad Cap had a clear lead at Anfré as the racers turned to return to Aiguillons then disaster struck for them. A split appeared in their main sail and they were forced to retire and deploy the motor to return to St. Peter Port leaving Simon Henning’s White Rabbit in a commanding position after 2 further spinnaker legs back via Vivian. Rupert Dorey’s RS Elite, Vamoosh, was second in the racer class with Martin Priest in D’Elite coming in third.

The cruiser class white sail reached from Lower Heads to Vivian before the final leg to the finish line off Castle Cornet. Clive Le Tissier’s Aztec Gold took line honours from Mark Huntley’s Enigma but once the ratings had been applied it was Dino Castro’s Dark Horse who lived up to her name by taking the victory by two and a quarter minutes from David Herschel’s Glenfruin.

 

Race 4 – Saturday 16 February

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It was more like the Heritage August Points than the Heritage Frostbite Series as 26 yachts mustered for the start of the 4th in the 7 race series. The gentle southerly breeze was almost warm and the sun shone.

The racer class were away first at 10.00 sailing into the wind and against the tide to the first mark, Anfre rock and post. Five minutes later the cruiser class started with the same first leg. Thirteen yachts competed in each class. The vast majority of the yachts chose to sail close in to La Vallette bathing pools to keep in out of the strongest of the adverse tide. In the racer class the 2 Melges and 2 J122s got away well while in the following pack Tomahawk and Enigma were first to the weather mark.

After that the fleets split, with the racer class heading off on a fetch to Lower Heads while the cruiser class hoisted their spinnakers and reached across to Brehon Tower. Tomahawk had a clear lead but did not make sufficient allowance for the strong north going tide and the lighter breeze out by the tower and was swept north of the mark. They had to drop their spinnaker and tack back to the buoy ruining their chances of a top three place in this race. As the following pack passed them, some managing to hold their spinnakers all the way to the mark and then gybe and hold them for the close reach across to Vivian where the cruising and racing fleets came together . The racing class had had their turn to hoist spinnakers for the long leg from Lower Heads to Vivian with the Mad Cap, White Rabbit, Majic and Kaya remaining incredibly close as they dropped the spinnakers and started zigzagging up wind and close to shore to Anfre.

The cruiser class did not have so far to go as their last turning mark was Terres Point just off the Cow’s Horn, with Enigma leading and the first to hoist her spinnaker for the short run back to the finish line just off Castle Cornet followed by Aztec Gold and Guffin. David Aslett sailing with his son Ben came in fourth but once the handicaps had been applied they took the win in the cruiser class from Alistair Bisson in Guffin with Mark Huntley’s Enigma in third.

The racer class almost had a photo finish with Majic taking line honours from Kaya by 14 seconds after nearly two hours of racing with Mad Cap crossing the line 11 seconds after that. Once the ratings had been applied the brothers Grant and Jamie Hamilton in Mad Cap took the champagne from Simon Henning in White Rabbit and Mick Holland’s J 122 Majic in third place.

Gordon Wilson of Heritage kindly presented the prizes in the clubhouse.

 

Race 3 – Saturday 2 February

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The third of the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Clubs Heritage Frostbite series certainly lived up to its name. Fourteen skippers and crew took to the water in a bitterly cold northerly breeze gusting to close to 30 knots against the flood tide giving a short chop in the Little Russell. And from then on there was never a dull moment.

The first leg of the race was a beat against the wind to Vivian race mark at the north end of Belle Greve bay. The racing class went off first with five starters. From the start Majic 2 had a technical problem with their steering gear and close hauled were on a collision course with the Castle Cornet break water with only some very quick thinking and slick sail handling preventing a collision in which the pier would definitely come out on top. After making fast to one of the nearby race marks remedial repairs were effected and the yacht was able to make its own way back to the marina, the first but by no means the last retirement of the day. As the racers made their way north the cruiser class made a fine sight as 9 yachts started sailing close to the wind silhouetted against the winter sunshine.

Blue J’ade and and Black Jack rounded the top mark first and headed off to Lower Heads followed by White Rabbit and D’Elite. As the spinnakers were hoisted and the boat speeds increased White Rabbit suffered a severe broach in the gusting winds. The spinnaker fell in the water and became entangled in the rudder and a number of the other racing yachts came to her aid but in the process retiring from the race. The race committee will be kept busy working out the redress which will be awarded to these boats for their gallant action which sacrificed their chances in this particular race. Amongst the boats which retired to offer assistance were Black Jack and Aztec Gold.

The racing fleet was now a two horse race between Blue J’ade and D’Elite flying their spinnakers to Lower Heads and coming all the way back to the finish via Anfre rock and post. D’Elite took the win.

The cruiser class took a more conservative approach to the mornings racing with all of the boats opting not to use their spinnakers on the downwind leg from Vivian to Anfre. As a result they all recorded a result apart from Aztec Gold who went to White Rabbits’ assistance. Grand Crew took line honours but after the ratings were applied David Herschel in Glenfruin won this class for the second race running from John Frankland in Altair placing second.

Gordon Wilson of Heritage kindly presented the prizes in the clubhouse after what had been an eventful race in the blustery conditions.

This was the third race of a seven race series so it is still all to play for, although Glenfruin is in a strong position in the cruiser class.

 

Race 2 – Saturday 19 January

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The second of the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Clubs Heritage Frostbite series certainly lived up to its name.  Seventeen skippers and crew took to the water in near freezing temperatures and a biting northeasterly breeze that gusted to twenty knots.

The first leg of the race was a screaming reach from the start line outside Castle Cornet to the first turning mark of the course the rock and post Anfre, just off shore from the Ozanne Steps.  Simon Henning’s Melges, White Rabbit, took off more like a scalded cat and opened up a reasonable gap in spite of a slightly less than perfect spinnaker drop.  The fleet then had to beat up wind to Brehon Tower with the J122’s Kaya and Majic going further east and taking the lead with Black Jack rounding the weather mark in third place.  White Rabbit regained the lead on the two downwind legs back to the finish via Vivian race mark to win on the water and on corrected time in the racing class.

The cruising class has 7 starters and the same first mark but after that they had a truer dead beat to Aiguillons, close to the south end of Jethou.  Then a broad reach back to Reffee, outside the entrance to the QE2 marina, before gybing back to the finish line at Castle Cornet.  Aztec Gold opened up an impressive lead to take line honours by 2 and a half minutes from Mark Huntley’s yacht Enigma but once the ratings had been applied it was David Herschel in Glenfruin, a twin keeled Sadler 26, who won the day in the cruiser class.

Mark Huntley of Heritage Group recovered sufficiently from the race to kindly present the prizes in the clubhouse after what had been a relatively quick race in the blustery conditions.  Given the temperature outside it had been quite long enough for most and the hot dogs were a most welcome finale to the morning.

 

Race 1 – Saturday 5 January

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The best antidote to blow the holiday cobwebs away, is to get on a yacht, in winter conditions and go out racing! Twenty-four skippers and their boats agreed with this on Saturday, 5 January for the first race in the Heritage Frostbite Series, hosted by the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club (Guernsey) LBG.  This is now the most popular yacht racing series in the Bailiwick and consistently draws nearly 30 boats out onto the water in the freezing conditions.  Due to its popularity and demand, the series has been extended to 7 races and will keep the crews busy up to Easter.

Very light conditions met the crews on Saturday morning, but with enough access time and faith that the wind would fill in, a course was set to send the Racing Class South, against the tide and wind to Anfre, before turning north for a long downwind leg to Vivian Mark, before returning to Anfre to do the same again.

The Festive season did not blunt the skills of the skippers and all twelve boats in Racing Class made a clear start, with Lady Of Aquitaine (M Belcher) and Magic (M Holland), both J122’s leading the pack to the first mark. Most boats opted to stick close to shore to avoid the adverse tide. Downwind, Dreamtime (R Babbe) made significant gains on the larger boats but the very light conditions ultimately favoured the lighter day boats.  Madcap (J & G Hamilton), a Melges 24 sailed an excellent race in the light conditions to not only beat the larger boats on the water, but on handicap too. Dreamtime placed second with Blue Jade (A Clark) completing the podium positions.

The slower Cruising Class followed the start of the racers but Tomahawk (G Wilson) was judged to be over the line before the start gun and had to return, avoiding the other 11 boats in the class before starting their race.  The Cruising Class had a shorter course and only had to beat to Tez before turning North to Vivian.  Again, the fleet split where some boats stayed out in the Russel to have more favourable winds but stronger adverse tide, and others hugged the cost to avoid the tide.  Guffin (A Bisson), a J24, sailed well to keep up with the larger boats and closely followed Enigma (M Huntley) and Panthalassa (I Le Maitre) around the first mark.  Tomahawk sailed brilliantly to recover from their poor start to catch up with the leading boats.  The slower boats, which included last year’s series winner, Glenfruin (D & A Herschel) got stuck in a big wind hole that lasted about ten minutes. They did well to stay the tide whilst trying to reach Tez, but their race was effectively over.

Tomahawk continued its rise through the fleet and not only managed to beet the fleet with line honours, but also on handicap. Panthalassa and Enigma followed closely to take second and third position.

Nearly a hundred crew gathered at the RCIYC Clubhouse for the renowned hospitality and free hotdogs provided by the RCIYC and Heritage for the prizegiving.

The series is already positioning to be filled with excitement, as the changeable winter weather conditions will favour other boats in both fleets, which will keep the scores close together on the log!