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Results & Reports 2014

 

 

 

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Herm Island Commodore’s Pot – Sunday 21 September
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  1. Kaya actual time 1:46:45 – IHS 1.114 – corrected time 1:58:55
  2. Vamoosh actual time 2:04:50 – IHS 0.958 – corrected time 1:59:35
  3. FMR actual time2:54:32 – IHS 0.853 – corrected time 2:21:12
  4. Swift actual time 2:49:40 – IHS 0.979 – corrected time 2:46:06.

 

 

Randalls Evening Race – Tuesday 9 September
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Boatworks+ Evening Race – Tuesday 26 August

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Polygon Group Guernsey-Carteret Race – Saturday 23 August

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A fair wind and a following sea were enjoyed by the 3 participants in the resurrected August Bank Holiday Triangle Race this year for the first time generously sponsored by the Polygon Group. The Saturday morning dawned with near perfect sailing conditions for this leg and in light of the faster than previous planned passage the start was postponed from 09.30 to 11.00.

The first leg was a race from Guernsey to Carteret, starting at the usual Castle Cornet start line, John Lee efficiently taking care of launching the small but perfectly formed fleet down to Anfre rock and post, offshore from the Ozanne Steps and out towards the south of Sark. The spinnakers were hoisted and Alice, Jak and Alectrona enjoyed a sleigh ride of a sail in upwards of 20 knots of breeze across to Carteret. The yachts had to leave L’Etaq the large islet on the south end of Little Sark to Port before running across to the Trois Grunes which they had to leave to starboard before finishing across the line drawn due south of the lighthouse on the headland of the entrance to Carteret.

Simon Henning and his crew in Alice finished the race in 4 hours and 12 seconds to take victory on the water and on corrected time from Alecrona being crewed by the paternal three generations of the Knowles family, skippered by Matt Knowles. Clive Le Tissier in his new Pogo 10.50 came in third once the ratings had been calculated. The yachts had made such a quick passage across to the French coast that Alice had to wait in the bay outside the estuary entrance for the tide to rise sufficiently for her to be able to enter the marina.

A great evening was enjoyed by all 17 skippers and crew starting at the yacht club followed by dinner kindly sponsored by the Polygon Group at the Restaurant de Carteret.

Unfortunately the following Sunday morning required an early start to catch the tide out of the marina at Carteret and to add insult to injury there was precious little breeze for the planned race up the Normandy coast from Carteret to Dielette so the little flotilla motored. Clive Le Tissier’s Jak decided to call it a day half way and headed back to Guernsey ahead of a worsening forecast for Bank Holiday Monday. With the promise of a hand cooked barbeque lunch in Dielette Alice and Alectrona persevered. Arriving in perfect time to freshen up and enjoy a fantastic lunch prepared by the Commodore, Stuart Crisp, and his wife Sarah ably assisted by Darren Vogel, Phil and Julie Ball the event was a great success bring the cruising and racing skippers and crews together.

Unfortunately the weather forecast was not improving and so all of the racing and cruising boats planning to return to Guernsey on the Monday left Dielette on the Sunday afternoon to beat the weather back to their home port.

In spite of the unseasonal weather the weekend was a huge success and the RCIYC feel that the format can be enhanced to encourage more participants next year. A final presentation of the overall winners for the weekend took place in the RCIYC Guernsey Clubhouse on Monday evening at 18:00.

Please click HERE for the Race results.

 

Nashcopy Passage Race Series 2014

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Nashcopy Passage Race Series

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Nashcopy Les Dents Race – Saturday 16 August

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Nashcopy Hanois Race – Saturday 26 July

 

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Nashcopy Round Sark and Herm Race – Saturday 19 July

 

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Nashcopy Round Guernsey Race – Saturday 12 July

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Nashcopy Round Sark Race – Saturday 28 June

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Nashcopy Round Herm Race – Saturday 14 June 2014

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Nashcopy Herm via Tobars Race – Saturday 31st May 2014

Results

1st Blackjack

2nd Fandangle

3rd Lady of Aquitaine

4th Enigma

5th Carpe Diem

Retired:

Dark Horse

Kaya

 

Swoffers Evening Race – Tuesday 12 August
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Mora Evening Race – Thursday 24 July
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The Oak Trust Impi Race – Saturday 5 July

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2014 Oak Trust Impi Race

(All the winners from the Oak Trust Impi Shield Yacht Race for M.U.G with Mark Chasey (Oak Trust CEO); Martin Ozard (Winner Race Class and Overall MUG trophy winner); Erika Chasey, Steff Robilliard (Race Class winner), Charlotte Castledine + crew, Ray Redelinghuys (Vice Commodore, First Short handed and Pogo Class) and 2 crew (Super Tonic))

Race Report:

Saturday, 5 July saw the 6th edition of the Oak Trust Impi Shield Yacht Race in aid of Male Uprising Guernsey, hosted by the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club (Guernsey) LBG.

Twelve boats entered the race and amid gentle conditions, the fleet set off towards Grand Amforque for a clockwise circumnavigation of Herm. The wind soon abated to nothing at times that saw the heavier cruising boats only able to drift in the tide. The drifts saw 4 boats in Cruising Class retire at the back of Herm as adverse tide slowed their progress, leaving only Super Tonic (C Castledine) to battle the conditions.

In Racing Class the uber light boats managed to convert every ounce of wind into speed and there was a close battle to get to Grand Amfroque first. Alice (S Henning) rounded Grand Amfroque first followed closely by Madcap (Hamilton Brothers). Around Amfroque, Blackjack (Ozard/Morris) made great gains and managed to make it to the finish at the Castle first.

The RCIYC introduced a new class for the race to welcome two new boats, a Pogo 10.50 and 8.50 to the racing fleet. JAK (C Le Tissier) battled through the fleet from a late start. Mahna-Mahna (R Redelinghuys) also being raced for the first time managed to stay in JAK’s wake close enough to take the inaugural prize in this exciting class. Mahna-Mahna was also the first shorthanded-crewed boat to finish.

All crews met their host, Oak Trust (Guernsey) Limited, in the marquee for the now traditional hog roast for the prizegiving. This is still the only yacht race in aide of a charity and Male Uprising Guernsey benefited again from the generous donations and over £5,000 was raised on the evening for this charity.

Blackjack took the honours in Racing Class to win the Oak Shield and Super Tonic won the Impi Shield for Cruising Class. The overall result, The MUG Trophy, was awarded to Blackjack for the fastest boat around the course.

Mark Chasey, Chairman of Oak Trust, thanked the participants and guests and urged them to take the MUG mantra, for men to be more assertive, responsive and questioning of their symptoms to seek medical advice as early as possible, to heart.

The RCIYC hopes to expand future editions of the event which is open to all yachtsmen on the Island.

 

Insurance Corporation Dinard Race – Saturday 20th June 2014

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Results:

  1. Banjaard – J Falla
  2. Alice – S Henning
  3. Enigma – M Huntley
  4. French Therapy- R and G Evans

 

St Peters Trust Dielette Race – Saturday 17th May 2014

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Race Class

1st BlackJack

2nd Kaya

3rd Lady of Aquitaine

Retired

Majic

Fandangle

Cruiser Class

1st Volare

Retired

Busker

 

Heritage Frostbite Series

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Race 7 – Saturday 5th April 2014

Please click HERE for the results

Please click HERE for the final Racing Class overall standings

Please click HERE for the final Cruising Class overall standings

 

Blackjack plays her cards right

The final race in the RCIYC Heritage Frostbite Series saw perfect wind conditions when the final results were decided in some exciting battles for the finish line.

The speed of the current caused some issues on the start line particularly in the racer class which set out five minutes before the cruisers – the latter being able to avoid repeating the errors of the racer fleet.

Many boats in both classes were a little light on crew due to the Easter holidays but this didn’t detract from some close-fought competition between boats vying for the top positions.

Heritage’s Mark Huntley continued a successful campaign staying ahead of the fleet throughout the last race in Enigma. The margin however wasn’t sufficient to make up the one point difference between him and overall leader Bunbury (Dave and Alex Herschel).

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Bunbury (© Sam Field Photography www.samfieldphotography.com)

Bunbury took first place on Saturday on corrected time and the winning spot overall after the seven races having shown steady improvement as the series progressed.

David Aslett took third place in both the last race and the series in Carpe Diem; fourth place went to Ian Le Maitre in Panthalassa.

In the racer class, the two-boat battle for top spot continued between Blackjack and Kaya. Blackjack took the race by a convincing margin and the series overall. There was an equally exciting battle for third place between Rupert Dorey’s Vamoosh and the Nicolles’ Mustard Mitt II. Mustard Mitt II made the podium by only seconds in the final race and by two points overall.

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BlackJack (© Sam Field Photography www.samfieldphotography.com)

Event sponsor Heritage has already confirmed its continued support for the event next year. Managing Director Richard Tee commented:

‘The Heritage Frostbite Series has continued to build momentum this year on the Channel Islands race circuit and has become a key fixture in the local yachting calendar. I am delighted to confirm that Heritage will continue to support next year and we look forward to the 2015 Heritage Frostbite Series.’

The RCIYC’s Rear Commodore (Sail) Dave Herschel said:

‘We are delighted that the Heritage Group has announced continued sponsorship of this fantastic event. The fact that more boats enter this series than any other local sailing event is testament to the huge effort that Heritage puts in to make it so enjoyable and competitive.’

Finally, to view photographs of all Races go to http://frostbite.gg/gallery

 

Race 6 – Saturday 22nd March 2014

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Tight at the top in both classes

Conditions for the sixth race of the series were challenging causing issues even for some of the series leaders. A sudden drop in wind just before the start of race resulted in a small collision between two of the boats.

The race course took the boats to Fermain where strong winds from over the cliffs caused more issues with boats heeling over almost flattened by the strongest gusts.

The real excitement started on the next leg out to Brehon Tower when the two leaders in the cruiser class – Enigma and Bunbury – risked a kite hoist. Both initially made significant gains on the rest of the field only to lose control and wipe out. Enigma broached and took some time sorting out the resulting mess, allowing Bunbury to gain valuable ground despite a spectacular Chinese gybe from which skipper Dave Herschel recovered quickly.

Bunbury took its first win of the series, taking back the overall lead from Enigma – but only by one point. Enigma eventually finished fourth. John Frankland’s Altair also had a good day, staying in touch with the faster boats throughout the race, and posting by far its best result so far in the series, coming in second.

The cat and mouse contest at the top of the racer class continued between Kaya and Blackjack. These two are now certain to take first and second place overall in the series but it could go either way. Kaya took victory on this occasion and with it the overall series lead. Martin Priest also enjoyed a successful day coming in third in his first ever race aboard his new boat, J97 Fandangle, which arrived in the island only three weeks ago.

 

Race 5 – Saturday 8th March 2014

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Weather conditions set certain challenges for the fifth race in the Heritage Frostbite race series last Saturday.

The race courses set for this race were fairly long with the racer class following a route that took the boats south of Jethou and the cruisers (unusually) having three downwind legs. These caused certain difficulties in the strong winds and several crews who opted to raise spinnakers had some trouble controlling them.

Competition in the cruiser class is certainly hotting up. Enigma, skippered by Heritage’s Mark Huntley, has now taken the overall lead following what was described as a flawless race on Saturday beating Dave Aslett’s Carpe Diem by just a few seconds. The fight for top spot is between these two and last year’s winner Dave Herschel who had a strong start on Saturday in Bunbury, but lost valuable time with a mis-rounding of the Vivian mark.

The racer class still seems to be a ‘two horse race’ between Blackjack and Kaya who are now tied in first spot after Blackjack’s success on Saturday. They enjoy a comfortable lead over others in this class on the overall results tables. Blue J’Ade (Aden Clark) and Banjaard (John Falla) also had a good day on Saturday coming third and fourth respectively and zooming up the table.

Heritage’s Gordon Wilson – who took fourth in the cruiser class – is delighted with how the series is panning out:

‘The results of The Heritage Frostbite series to date ably demonstrate that consistency of results is key to winning overall. Competition amongst skippers and crew is keen. This coupled with experience and teamwork aboard the yachts will differentiate the winners.

It has been a very enjoyable and successful series so far. ’

The next event in the seven race series is on 22nd March and the final race on 5th April.

Finally, please click HERE to view the Heritage Frostbite Series website which includes photographs of Races 1, 2, 4 & 5.

 

Race 4 – Saturday 22nd February 2014

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Conditions were calm with a 10 to 15 knot breeze – a marked improvement on the previous race day on which appalling conditions forced organisers to cancel the event. The flood tide later in the day created some interesting challenges for the crews, particularly around Brehon Tower, which only added to the excitement of some closely fought battles for position.

Seven yachts took part in the racer class and the two-lap course took them from the QE II Marina to Brehon Tower with the finish line just off Castle Cornet. Kaya continued her dominance of the series taking first place in the class ahead of Mustard Mitt with only two minutes separating them once the handicap and correction factors had been applied. Kaya now enjoys a 10-point lead in the series.

Heritage’s Mark Huntley had a good day, taking the honours in the cruiser class in his Mystery 35 Enigma by a margin of a mere 30 seconds over David Herschel’s Bunbury. However, Bunbury still sits in first place, three points ahead of Enigma in the overall results table.

The prize giving took place in the Club following the races.

The next race in the seven race series will be held on the 8th March with a 10.00 am start to enable all boats to exit and return to their marina berths over the high tide.

 

Race 2 – Saturday 25th January 2014

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A strong westerly 27-knot breeze greeted the 19 boats that took part in the second race of the series on Saturday 25th January and the competition is already hotting up – even if the weather isn’t.

The racer class followed a triangular course from Castle Cornet to Anfré at Ozanne steps, then on to Lower heads and the nine participating boats made quite a sight with spinnakers raised. This time Blackjack had to settle for second place when she was narrowly beaten by Kaya by a mere 35 seconds after an hour and a half of hard racing.

With these two vessels having been placed first and second in the first two races, they seem to be the boats to beat but it’s early days in the series yet.

Results were not so predictable in the cruiser class. Challenging conditions meant the field was pretty spread out by the time the 10 boats were on the home straight from Castle Cornet back to the Ozanne Steps. Victory went to a first timer in the race series Matt Knowles in Alectrona who beat series veteran Ian Le Maitre in Panthalassa by only 11 seconds. Overall leader in this class after the two races is David Herschel in Bunbury.

Yachtsmen were welcomed to the prize giving by RCIYC Vice Commodore Ray Redelinghuys. Heritage’s Mark Huntley, who hadn’t had a bad day himself placing third in the cruiser class, presented the prizes to the successful sailors:

“We have had another great day of racing and the series is again promising to be an exciting event. Let’s see what challenges the weather can throw at us at the next race.”

The next event in the seven race series is on 8th February 2014. For anyone still wishing to take part, please click here for the Notice of Race and Entry Form.

Finally, please click here to view the Heritage Frostbite Series website which includes photographs of Race 1 & 2.

 

Race 1 – Saturday 11th January 2014

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The weather played its part when the first race of the Heritage Frostbite Series took place in near perfect conditions.

A total of 22 boats braved the January chill to take part in the event, which was divided into two classes (racers and cruisers). The racers’ class started at 2pm and followed a course from Castle Cornet to the north end of Belle Greve Bay then back down the Little Russel to the Ozanne Steps (north of Fermain Bay), onwards to the Brehon Tower before heading to the finish line at Castle Cornet.

This was followed shortly after by the hotly contested cruiser class whose 14 participants had to be recalled for a second start, when a number of the boats were ‘course side’ when the starter’s hooter sounded.

In the racers’ class, BlackJack was victorious, successfully changing strategy from last year’s event by using a larger headsail than she had last season, which obviously suited the lighter conditions. She was followed home by Kaya.

Heritage’s own Gordon Wilson in Tomahawk took the honours in the cruiser class beating David Herschel in Bunbury by a clear two and a half minutes.

Director of Heritage, Gordon Wilson welcomed the participants to the après Sail event in the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club which was crammed to capacity for the prize giving. He thanked all organisers and officials for creating such a great start to the series and encouraged boat owners to participate in the upcoming races.