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Results & Reports 2017

2013 Oak Trust Impi


Commodore’s Pot – Saturday 30 September



A great return to St. Sampson’s Harbour after a break of too long. Cracking breeze, a brilliant course set by John Lee and some cavalier seamanship on Glory Days at the southern end of Herm.

The event was only marred by some frankly childish pranks with the gates onto Abraham’s Bosom, you know who you are. This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated next year and we already have our legal team working on ironing out this sort of juvenile behaviour.

Six boats took part. The Glory went to Dark Horse, followed by a spirited performance by Cavallo, seeing Kaya in third and Glory Days fourth with FMR the final finisher with the singlehanded Mr Jenkins retiring after completing the course. A massive thank you to The Trafalgar Inn (aka The Parrot) for being so accommodating. If you are ever around that way I thoroughly recommend it as a place to slake a thirst.

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Airtel Vodafone Passage Race Series

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Race 7 – Les Dents – Saturday 9 September


Lloyd & Hughes Gun to victory in first season



The last of the RCIYC Airtel Vodafone Navigational Passage series was held on 9 September 2017, with a race around Les Dents, just off Brecqhou.

Starting north to south were four yachts, Roger Martel’s Kaya having had to return to the harbour due to gearbox problems. Lloyd/Hughes’ Sun of a Gun, Dino Castro’s Dark Horse and Knowles/Aslett’s Glory Days all stayed close to the castle breakwater on the first leg towards Anfré with only Richard Babbé’s Mr Scarecrow staying out wide.

Once Anfré was rounded to port, Sun of a Gun and Mr Scarecrow tore away from the two cruising boats, spinnakers flying.  The next mark was Lower Heads (to port) but Sun of a Gun widely overstepped the mark, apparently making for Jersey instead.  Mr Scarecrow managed the run down to Lower Heads with just one gybe, thereafter bearing away to make for the rocks of Les Dents, standing snaggled like grey teeth out of turbulent seas, the Barclay brothers’ castle towering aloft.  Mr Scarecrow nimbly picked her way through the seas, remembering there is more than one rock to avoid, with Sun of a Gun just behind her at this point, giving the menacing obstruction a much safer, wider berth.

It was a close-reach home, on a single tack back past Lower Heads to starboard, Mr Scarecrow gradually increasing her lead over Sun of a Gun, Glory Days and Dark Horse by now having reached the turning point off Brecqhou.

The two racing boats were soon back in the Little Russel, tacking their way home on the final stages towards the last finish of the Airtel season, for a south-north finish.

Throughout, the weather defied forecasts and stayed blustery but sunny, with winds of around 20 knots.  Once all boats were back and corrected time accounted for, it was clear that the Scarecrow had smoked the Gun with 3 minutes 59 seconds to spare.  Glory Days was third, and Dino Castro’s Dark Horse, overall winner of last year’s Airtel series, came fourth.

Overall, victory was with Lloyds and Hughes, who won their very first series entry in Sun of a Gun with one point ahead of Mr Scarecrow, and Simon Henning’s White Rabbit in third overall.



After the race, around 30 sailors gathered for a delicious end-of-series “Supper and Proms” at the clubhouse, courtesy of Martin Priest, Matt and Ellie Knowles, and starters and pudding provided by Jules Schaefer and Stuart Place.  A huge thank you to our Steward, Vanessa Mahy, who worked tirelessly throughout the evening and indeed (in the spirit of the Proms) to enable the Club “rule the waves” for another season.


Race 6 – Hanois Race – Saturday 5 August



Eleven yachts assembled off Castle Cornet on Saturday, 5 August 2017, for the RCIYC Hanois Race.  It is a firm Club favourite, and the perfect conditions on Saturday made it easy to see why.  The race follows Guernsey’s South coast, and all the way to Pleinmont, a beautiful sight for the many Torteval Scarecrow festival visitors.

A pod of dolphins even appeared, and made its way over the start line with the fleet.  The reach towards St Martin’s Point was closely fought, Roger Martel’s Kaya being closely followed by White Rabbit, Mr Scarecrow, Sun of a Gun; Martin Belcher’s Lady of Aquitaine and Martin Priest’s Fandangle not far behind.

After St Martin’s Point was rounded to Starboard, a group of four boats managed to break away.  Whilst most boats stayed out wide off the land, beating into big waves and winds of 18 knots on their close-reached sail Westwards, Hughes/Lloyd’s Sun of a Gun broke rank early and tacked closely into the shelter of the South coast.

The race instructions permit boats to turn back East when the German Tower of Fort Saumarez is open of Pleinmont Point, and Kaya was first to see it, followed by Simon Henning’s White Rabbit and Martin Ozard’s Blackjack.  They all set their spinnakers for a vigorous run Eastwards, retracing their steps and encountering the likes of Dino Castro’s Dark Horse, still heading West.

It was Blackjack’s first RCIYC race since she broke her mast during the Frostbite series, and Richard Babbe’s Mr Scarecrow wasn’t going to let her get away easily.  Steadily, the Scarecrow reeled in Blackjack on the downwind race, eventually surfing past her near Les Lieuses and staying ahead thereafter.  A similarly tightly-fought match ensued between Knowles/Aslett’s Glory Days and Ali Bisson’s Cavallo, on the last leg between St Martin’s Point and the finish line.

Unfortunately, only ten yachts finished with new entrant “Javelin” skippered by Tim Ashworth parting her backstay and having to retire.  Luckily her mast stayed upright and her double-handed crew returned her to the marina safely.

In the end, it was a day for Scarecrows, with Richard Babbe winning over three minute ahead of Kaya on corrected time, followed by Blackjack in third place.


Race 5 – Round Herm & Sark – Saturday 29 July


Fog, rumbling thunder and persistent, stringy rain greeted the crew of the four boats that braved the start line for the round Herm and Sark race. Hardly perfect conditions for a summer race in late July.

The competitors drifted over the start line with FMR and White Rabbit taking a (very sedate) lead on the way to Anfre, slowly disappearing in the thick fog.

Dark Horse and Busker retired soon after the start – distance wise that is: just to make Anfre took them enough time for the race officers to finish their lunch in view of the bobbing vessels.  Dark Horse headed straight to the Club for a warm welcome from Vanessa and much-needed internal rehydration.

But White Rabbit and FMR ploughed on through the constant rain, fog and thunder.  The wind never really picked up as forecast, but there were reported sightings of jellyfish and unexpected land masses, not all of them verified.

White Rabbit crossed the finish line after 4 hours, 52 minutes and 40 seconds, leaving them just enough time for hot showers before the prize giving at the Club.  In the end, it was just them, two visiting yachtsmen and Marina from Airtel attending the prize giving, although FMR had radioed ahead to say that they were passing “Tautenay at speed” with the by then following tide.  So the small gathering waited out for their arrival, but eventually decided to hold the prize giving following a provisional calculation of the results.  Which were that White Rabbit continued to fill her trophy shelf with victory in the Renny Cup, on a corrected time of 5 hours, 13 minutes and 27 seconds.

FMR’s efforts were rewarded with the arrival of a pod of dolphins, just as they were passing the harbour mouth, accompanying them on the last stretch to the finish line. The little prize giving gathering watched them from the Club as they passed, the evening drawing to much clearer skies.

All of FMR’s crew visited the Club for a belated second prize giving, being awarded second prize for their corrected time of 6 hours, 2 minutes and 49 seconds.  They brought with them left-over rations from their long trip, which were devoured alongside some hard earned refreshments served by Vanessa and Jamie. In all, a good and certainly demanding day on the water.


Race 4 – Round Guernsey – Saturday 8 July



Well, there is light wind sailing and there is light wind sailing and this was certainly light. 10 boats took to the water in a fickle northerly zephyr.

The flood tide took the competitors north up past the cruise liner, the ones opting for the east side of the Little Russel over by Brehon Tower gaining the most advantage of the ‘Poohsticks’ effect of the tidal stream to take them up to the Platte Fougere. But even by this stage certain boats attention span had already been exceeded and they decided to retire.

However, Sun of a Gun and Quicksilver VIII stuck at it and both managed to sail to the Hanois which was the first turning mark where we had agreed times could be taken in case the worst happened and nobody could reach the finish before losing the will to live. Even at this point Sun of a Gun were comfortable winners but at least Quicksilver VIII had the satisfaction of achieving a result.

Unexpectedly after this Sun of a Gun managed to find some breeze and scooted off to complete the entire course in a time of 6 hours, 41 minutes and 20 seconds. An amazing achievement and well done to them as the only finishers they deserved this year’s victory. There’s at least one table we’ve got for the dinner and dance.

Mr Jenkins also received a consolation prize in the Clubhouse afterwards for the most comprehensive declaration ever received on the text by the race officer. It included all of the usual excuses plus the skippers’ hopes and plans for the rest of the day. This is the level of information we will be expecting from now on. Tuff luck on all those who retired. These were in no particular order: Pathalassa, Naer Porchet, Fandangle, Olli, Chevalier (first outing this year) and 3 Beneteau 211’s, FMR, Mr Jenkins and Sandy Feet.


Race 3 – Round Herm – Saturday 1 July


Photography: Cian Tully


Beautiful conditions greeted the 10 strong fleet for a hotly contested start up at the castle end of the line at the 1400 commencement of this race.

A one legged fetch down to Anfre was followed by a big bear away and hoisting of spinnakers as the fleet proceeded downwind to Lower Heads. Spinnakers were dropped, all apart from Fandangle who at one stage looked as though they were off to join the revellers at the Sark Folk Festival. Not that it did them any harm ending up third overall on corrected time. The remainder of the fleet followed a more ‘as the crow flies’ course northeast to Noir Pute before turning around Grande Anfroc to beat to Tauteny and the shy fetching back to the finish off Castle Cornet with the mainsails flogging in the freshening breeze.

The prize giving in the Clubhouse at 1800 was perfectly timed for the completion of the race and was well supported and the Rear Commodore Sail, Julia Schaefer turned up in evening wear on her way to a black tie ‘do’ which added an unusual and unexpected elegance to the proceedings. The win went to Richard Babbe in Mr Scarecrow followed by the Hughes/Lloyd partnership in Sun of a Gun.


Race 2 – Round Herm via Tobars – Saturday 10 June


10 boats took to the start line for a fine sail around Herm via the Tobars Passage.

It was an even start with a beat to Anfre before the yachts bore away to cross the Little Russel to Blanche Aiguillons. Three hardy boats hoisted their spinnakers for the reach across the remainder staying with ‘white’ sails. There was another little beat/close hauled leg through the Tobars Passage before the fleet was once again able to ease off with the tide under them to make a fast approach to Noire Pute before spinnakers were hoisted again for the run up to Grande Anfroc. Spinnakers were doused as the boats turned the corner for the one legged beat back to the finish off Castle Cornet. A perfect breeze kept up and the sun shone.

Dark Horse, skippered by Phil Le Maitre on this occasion, benefitted from the making ebb tide to bring them back to the finish from Grande Anfroc and took the victory from Aden Clark in Blue J’Ade with the new kid on the block Simon Hughes’s Sun of a Gun taking the third podium position..


Race 1 – Round Sark Race – Saturday 20 May


Thirteen boats assembled off Castle Cornet for the first RCIYC Airtel Vodafone navigational passage race last Saturday, in perfect conditions for a race around Sark.

The series kicked off with a double false start: Nigel Loller’s Olli, and Mr Jenkins sailed single handedly by T Barnes, performed the obligatory 360 degree penalty turn after crossing the line seconds too early.

The remaining fleet set off South towards Anfre, with spinnakers flying shortly after the competitors had rounded Lower Heads buoy and turned East towards Sark.  A pretty sight, with most boats holding their spinnaker all the way to l’Etac, South-East off Little Sark.

Simon Henning’s White Rabbit blew ahead of the fleet, and was only caught up by Roger Martel’s Kaya on the beat back home, shortly before both boats rounded Lower Heads for a reach towards the finish line.

It was not enough, however, to deny White Rabbit her first win of the series.  Second was Simon Hughes’ Sun of a Gun, a new addition to the Guernsey racing fleet and only on her second RCIYC race.  Third place was taken by Richard Babbé’s Mr Scarecrow.  Last over the line were Eve and Andy Burkhardt, in Penguin; it was only the second time the couple had raced their boat, and sailing under White Sails only.  A superb achievement for them, and great to have them join the racing fleet.

Also out on the water in a RIB was Elizabeth College student Cian Tully, winner of the Frostbite photography competition.  He took photos of the fleet racing downwind towards Sark.

Back at the Club, the lovely Marina Burr of Airtel led the presentation of prizes, with refreshments enjoyed by all. The next race takes place on 10 June 2017, going round Herm, via Tobars.


Boatworks+ Evening Race – Thursday 7 September



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A good turnout of six boats for the last of the evening races this season.  The conditions were perfect, with around 14 knots of wind and some occasional late-summer rays of sunshine.

John Knight, who was officiating in John Lee’s absence, set a very effective course around Anfree and Vivian for the Cruisers, and for the Racers Anfre, Lower Heads Anfre, meaning the two classes finished in opposite directions.

The Lifeboat was out for a training trip into Havelet Bay, providing good visual entertainment from ashore.

Glory Days was first over the line, followed by Busker and JaygoWhite Rabbit and Dark Horse met at the finish line, with Blackjack who had struggled with her spinnaker, finishing last.

Vanessa had prepared delicious mini pasties and sausage rolls for a warming welcoming at the Club afterwards, and good banter and plenty of Thursday-evening refreshments until late.

Final results saw Dark Horse finishing first (clearly Dino’s new handicap has done him no harm!), followed by Busker in second, Glory Days third and Jaygo fourth place.  In racing class, White Rabbit took the win, finishing just under a minute ahead of Blackjack on corrected time.


Swoffers Evening Race – Tuesday 22 August


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Report to follow.


Randalls Evening Race – Tuesday 26 July


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Oak Trust IMPI Race – Saturday 22 July
Overall winner: Boondoggle
White Sails winner: Boondoggle
Short handed winner: Boondoggle

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Dinard Race – Friday 14 July


The term ‘champagne sailing’ is an over-used cliché but it came up again at the annual Dinard Race presentation lunch on the 15th July at Restaurant L’Entre Deux Verres in St Malo.

Only 4 yachts competed after 2 had to scratch earlier that morning due to previous commitments. But what a fantastic race it was from start to finish. All four were jostling for position on the start line before the spinnakers were deployed and Sun of a Gun took off like a scolded cat down towards the Northwest Minquies cardinal buoy.

In two hours the fleet were off Corbiere and even on the slowest boat in the fleet the trip from northwest Minquies to southwest Minquies took only 45 minutes. Sun of a Gun completed the race in under 6 hours! The slightly unusually early start time of 1400 (because of the lack of available weekends and therefore the tide) proved popular with all of the yachts finishing before the beautiful sunset and in plenty of time to enjoy the incredible Bastille Day firework display.

It is definitely a format which will be considered in future years but without losing the odd overnight race depending on how the tides work out. In the end only 11 minutes separated the four boats when the handicaps were applied with Sun of a Gun taking the victory from Mahna Manha in second, Glory Days in third and Quicksilver VIII in fourth.

It was great that Craig Shorto and his son and daughter also joined in the festivities on the sports cruiser Wild Thyme and a more aptly named boat it is hard to imagine.


1. Sun of a Gun 6:02:18

2. Mahna Mahna 6:08:39

3. Glory Days 6:11:18

4. Quicksilver VIII 6:13:21


Mora Evening Race – Tuesday 11 July


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Well what a contrast. Only 72 hours after the finish (ish) of the Round Guernsey Race the Mora evening race started in appalling conditions. Strong winds, soaking rain, limited visibility. No wonder only 2 boats took to the water.

It is interesting to note that both could be termed ‘classics’. Maybe the owners and crews of classic boats are made of sterner stuff. It was great to see the elegant Rinamara out for her first Royal Channel outing this year, she really is an impressive sight, although on this particular evening she wasn’t a sight at all for most of the time. She went head to head with the Contessa 26 Dark Horse, recently returned from the Round the Isle of Wight race.

On the water it was a close contest with Dark Horse leading the way as skipper of Rinamara, Gordon Wilson dodged the pot bobbers down to Anfre. But by the time they had completed a couple of beats and runs in Belgreve Rinamara had overhauled her opponent to take line honours although once the handicaps were applied Dark Horse took the win.

The very soggy skippers and crews were glad of the sausage rolls in the Clubhouse afterwards and the chance to start drying out.


Fermain Beach Café Race – Saturday 3 June


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The Inaugural Fermain Beach Café Well what can I say? Did I choose the wrong weekend to be away or what? By all accounts this was an absolutely fantastic event. ‘Well Jell’ as the youth would say. Great race and a fantastic social and prizegiving at the Fermain Beach Café. The plans for next year’s event are already well under way.

Thank you very much to Julia Schaefer and Dino Castro for organising and Matt Knowles for providing the Committee Boat. I think we know who this year’s recipient of the Guffin Rock Trophy is going to be, don’t we Ali Bisson? This trophy hasn’t been awarded for a number of years because nobody has hit anything. It is particularly poignant this year as Guffin has just moved on to a new home in Plymouth.

An amazing 12 boats started and although 5 of these did not manage to complete the course congratulations to Simon Henning and his crew on White Rabbit for another fine victory. There are some very interesting photos above not only of the race which are beautiful (a particularly good one of Mr. Scarecrow) but also of the shenanigans afterwards.

David Aslett


St Peters Trust Dielette Race – Saturday 13 May



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What a fantastic weekend! Thank you so much to Martin and James Priest for organising the brilliant restaurant the Le Bouche A Orielle wonderful setting, great food, too much wine.

Great turn out from 50 crew in the 13 boats which took part. Thanks to John Lee and Stuart Place for getting us all underway and thank you very much to Julia Schaefer for working out the results.

It really was a great race, short beat start to Anfree, fetch to Lower Heads and then spinnakers up all the way to the finish. Congratulations to Julian Hunt and his crew in Adesso for just rocking up for their one race this year and taking the win. Although Martin Priest in Fandangle was only 30 seconds behind on corrected time after 30 miles of racing.

David Aslett



Heritage Frostbite Series 2017
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Race 6 – Saturday 18 March



Final Race in the Heritage Frostbite Series 2017 – a report by Commodore David Aslett


Winds gusting up to 30 knots, overcast skies, not great visibility and an early start conspired to put some crews off competing in race 6 of the Heritage Frostbite Series 2017.

The main prizes in Class 1 were already decided prior to this final race and with some unfounded speculation that a ‘conservative’ course would be set in light of the brisk prevailing weather conditions only two boats took to the water, Swift and Fidelite. Having already broken one mast in this series, Fidelite decided that discretion was the better part of valour and retired before the start, leaving Swift to cross the line alone. As two boats are needed to make a race Swift retired after Terres, the first mark, and were in pole position for the hotdogs in the clubhouse afterwards. In hindsight Swift said that they had wished they had joined in with Class 2 and sailed their course with them.

By contrast it was all still to play for in Class 2 with the top 4 yachts all in with a chance of winning the series on the last race. Luckily, for the other 3, Mark Huntley was away at The Goodwood Festival of Speed and his yacht Enigma did not compete. All of the others did. Starting north to south, such was their urgency, Busker was over the start line at the off and had to return losing them valuable time which may have ultimately cost them the race and the series. The gust reach from the castle to Terres with the traditional Havelet Harry gust which comes off the land in an offshore breeze saw Glory Days’ genoa sheet come detached from the sail which flogged in the wind much to the amusement of the crews on the other boats.

After Terres the three boats had a dead run across the Little Russell to Aguillions just off Jethou. This leg was made slightly more complicated by the visibility preventing the boats from seeing the mark until they were over half way to it. The tide was ripping north on the mark as the fleet left it to port, hardened up and began the beat back across the roads, to Reffee, the south cardinal mark, at the entrance to the QE2 marina and the short fetch back to Castle Cornet and the finish.

Although Glory Days crossed the line first, with Busker second and Dark Horse third when the ratings were applied Dark Horse came out as victor by 50 seconds on corrected time, with Glory Days second and Busker a minute and a half behind that. Times that could so easily have been even closer if the mistakes had been avoided. This resulted in all of the yachts in the top 3 finishing on equal points. This then involved the system of ‘count-back’ to be employed to determine the winner. After this process had been carried out Dark Horse was declared the overall winner of the series in cruising class, with Busker in second and Glory Days third.

It had been a great series with 27 boats competing in total in each of the two classes.


Race 5 – Saturday 4 March



Heritage Frostbite racing class won early by Ozard’s “Blackjack”

Thirteen boats lined up on Saturday, 4 March 2017 to compete in the fifth Heritage Frostbite series.  Despite strong winds during the weekend the weather window during the race was good enough once again allowing the fifth consecutive race to go ahead – a rare feat for the Frostbite series.

Seven boats in the cruising class raced around the Russell with a course of Vivian, Aiguillons and Anfre, the six boats in the racing class going twice around Reffee, Aiguillons, and Anfre.

All boats had a great start with spinnakers flying on the first leg North, but some struggling to hold them in the strong gusts.  There was more bad luck for John Knight’s RS Elite Fidelité, who had broken her mast during the last race and whose newly rigged lines caused problems with retrieving the spinnaker, as the result of which she had to retire.  Aden Clark’s Blue J’ade also struggled and retired on the first leg around the course.

Mick Holland’s J122 Majic provided spectacular scenes just before the finish, when she accidentally gybed and broached as a result of problems with her spinnaker.  Luckily no other boats were around to stand in her way and although the crew later complained of having been thoroughly soaked in the sea, no serious injuries were sustained.

Despite her dramas, Majic still managed to come third, with just under two minutes behind Simon Henning’s White Rabbit, who took second place in racing class.

First in racing class and for the fourth time, was Martin Ozard’s Blackjack.  Her win means that she cannot be beaten overall and was therefore confirmed the early winner and keeper of the Heritage Frostbite Babbé Trophy.

First in cruising class on Saturday was Mark Huntley’s Enigma, followed by Aslett/Knowles’ Glory Days, and Dark Horse in third, proving that her crew can place even without her owner Dino Castro being at the helm.

Heritage Frostbite cheering monkeys for last in class went to John Falla’s Banjaard in racing class and George Oswald’s Naer Pourchet in cruising class.

An exhilarating sail for all and plenty of sausages back at the Club. The final Heritage Frostbite race will take place at 09.30 on 18 March 2017, with positions in the cruising class still all to play for.


Race 4 – Saturday 18 February



Another great turnout for the fourth Heritage Frostbite Race on 18 February 2017

The wind was kind once more to the Heritage Frostbite series, with the fourth race being held on Saturday, 18 February.  20 boats lined up by Castle Cornet in perfect conditions for a race around the Little Russell.  First up was the Racing class, with 9 boats jostling for position, spinnakers flying for a race towards the first mark, Vivian.  In the Cruising class, five minutes later, a slightly over-excited Glory Days was over the line before the start signal – a first false start for this year’s races.  She swiftly performed her penalty turn and was back with the fleet in no time, even turning her mistake into an advantaged position on the wind.

Both classes were seen racing up and down the Little Russell for around two hours, with plenty of wind and sunshine making for an enjoyable day’s racing.  The race ended unfortunately for Fidelité, who had to retire due to a broken mast.  Skipper John Knight managed to sail her home and deliver all crew safely ashore.  Mark Dunster’s Elephant also retired, meaning that 18 boats finished in time for sausages and refreshments at the Clubhouse.

Line honours were taken by Ali Bisson’s Cavallo in Cruising class, and Mick Holland’s Majic in the Racing class, despite starting with a wrapped spinnaker.  The results showed a very close race in both classes, with only seconds separating the winning boats in each class on corrected time.  Heritage cheering monkeys for last in class went to Clive LeTissier’s Jak in Racing and John Frankland’s Spindrift in Cruising.  A much-debated (but nevertheless hard-earned) first prize in Cruising class went to Cavallo, who had just switched into the Cruising class before the race, second to Aslett/Knowles’ Glory Days and third to Dino Castro’s Dark Horse.  In Racing class, Majic came first, beating Martin Ozard’s Blackjack in second and Martin Priest’s Fandangle in third spot.  An excellent race day enjoyed by the fleet, and the fifth race being held on Saturday, 4 March at 10.00.


Race 3 – Saturday 4 February



With many adventurous forecasts over the course of the week, in the end the third Heritage Frostbite race started in perfect conditions of a steady force 3 to 4 and quite mild temperatures.

The racers went round Anfre, Lower Heads, Vivian, Aiguillons and Reffee and there was fierce argument from one boat whether the rounding of Vivian to port was sensible. The official response from the race officer was that the course stood as announced. What he muttered off air is unprintable.

The eight cruisers raced the same course as the racing class but after Vivian went straight home via Reffee, a lovely sight of flying spinnakers down to Anfree.

The fleet was set together quite closely until about Lower Heads, then spreading out once the first boats rounded the mark, with Majic taking it first.

The many colourful spinnakers racing up and down the Little Russell was a lovely sight from ashore and also the air, as reported by our Jersey sister club’s Commodore en route to our annual Dinner Dance this evening, particularly once the sun came out in full about half way through the race. Unfortunately the wind decreased towards the end of the race, and as on previous weekends the slower boats suffered.

Enigma was first over the line, cheered by the chorus of a little fleet of “Oppies” which had gathered at the start line.

Shortly afterwards came Glory Days, followed by Busker. On corrected handicap, the first three finishers took positions in reverse order, with Busker winning the cruising class.

Martin Ozard’s Blackjack scored a hat trick, coming first yet again, followed by Blue J’ade, and Fandangle. The Heritage Frostbite cheering monkeys for last in class went to Mahna Mahna and Fourty-Two.


Race 2 – Saturday 21 January



The second Heritage Frostbite race got underway on Saturday, 21 January 2017 with the crew of 19 boats braving near-freezing temperatures for a race around the Little Russell.  Unsure as to whether the small, but steady breeze would last into the afternoon, the race officials changed the course at the last minute so that the cruising class rounded Anfre and Reffee once, and the racing class twice.  The loop-shaped course meant that competitors were treated to a rare tight and bunched-up race, with yachts going in opposite directions along a narrow line just outside the harbour.  Vindicating the decision to shorten the course, but to the dismay of the last four racing yachts, the wind died completely after midday, and Jim Nicolle’s Mustard Mitt II just caught the last puffs of a very light breeze to take her over the line.  No such luck for Ali Bisson’s Cavallo, who after sitting stationary just off the harbour pier with not enough wind in her sails to stem the North-flowing tide eventually – and most reluctantly – retired.

First over the line was Glory Days, unsupported by dolphins this time but erupting into loud cheers as they took line honours.  Podium positions in the cruising class were taken first by Dino Castro’s Dark Horse, second the Aslett/Knowles Hunter HB 31 Glory Days and third the McKerrell/Parkin Sadler 34 Busker.  It was a double celebration for Dino, who also celebrated his birthday.

In racing class, first spot was once again taken by Blackjack, skippered by Martin Ozard, second was Mick Holland’s J122 Majic and third (with just two seconds behind) Martin Priest’s Fandangle.

Back at the Club, Vanessa greeted competitors with grilled sausages and plenty of ale.  Another excellent day had by all in true “Frostbite” conditions.  The next race will be held on Saturday, 4 February 2017 with a 10.00 start.


Race 1 – Saturday 7 January



The new racing season got under way at the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club on Saturday, 7 January. A record 23 boats assembled at the start line off Castle Cornet in perfect conditions for the year’s first race, the Heritage Frostbite.

First off were the 15 boats in racing class, with the Melges 24 White Rabbit, J109 Blackjack and the RS Elite Fidelité, edging first over the line.

Just as the racers were nearing their first mark in Belle Greve Bay, the cruising class started with 8 boats competing for the best position on the line.

The course saw both classes cross the Little Russel several times around Vivian, Aiguillons, Anfree and Lower Heads with plenty of beating and downwind time.

Line honours were taken by Mark Huntley in his Mystery 35 Enigma, finishing second in the cruising class on corrected time. First in cruising class was Brian Parkin in Busker, and third Dino Castro in Dark Horse.

The racing class was won by Martin Ozard’s Blackjack, followed by Simon Henning in White Rabbit and Roger Martel’s J122 Kaya.

Fourth over the line but taking pride of place with its seasoned race crew was Glory Days, who finished together with a pod of a dozen dolphins that had been sighted off the harbour all morning.

A good day had by all, despite a steady drizzle and chilly temperatures, and excellent start to the season.

The next Heritage Frostbite race is due to star at 11.00 on Saturday, 21 January 2017.