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Results & Reports 2018

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Estera Frostbite Series 2018
  

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Race 7 – Saturday 24 March

 

 

A big fleet of 15 boats lined the start off Castle Cornet for the seventh, final RCIYC Estera Frostbite Race.

Mick Holland’s brand new JPK 1080 ‘Majic’ arrived in Guernsey from the Hamble only two days ago, and cut an imposing figure all in black, a forebearer of several new additions due to the racing fleet this season.

Majic was so eager to start her racing career in Guernsey, she was over the line as the gun went for Racing Class I, and had to take a penalty turn. The remaining yachts went off for a keen and fine start.

Morris/Ozard’s Blackjack, and Simon Henning’s White Rabbit were nose on nose at the start, both knowing they had to at least beat the other to clinch the overall series Racing Class trophy.

Meanwhile, Rupert Dorey’s Vamoosh had a swift signature start, tucked in closely below the Castle and emerging ahead into Havelet bay.

The first racers were already rounding Anfre to Port when Cruising Class II started its race five minutes after the Racers.

Aslett/Knowles’s Glory Days had an impeccable start and was first over the line, though she was soon overtaken by McKerrell/Parkin’s Busker.

The fleet of 8 Cruisers was well underway towards Anfre and neatly spread out, when George Oswald’s Naer Pourchet crossed the start line, late.

By then, the leaders in Racing Class, Roger Mattel’s Kaya, and Blackjack, were chased by a small tribe of followers, led by White Rabbit and Hughes/Lloyd’s Sun of a Gun – the latter’s last race in Guernsey waters. Majic was chasing keenly, tacking across the group and Martin Priest’s Fandangle following.

Nearer Anfre, Mark Huntley’s Angel’s Share was battling to hold ground against Naer Pourchet. John Falla’s Banjaard was being overtaken by Ian Le Maitre’s Panthalassa, who sailed a solid race overall.

At the Racing Class’s first rounding of Aiguillons, White Rabbit, Kaya and Blackjack were close, whilst Fandangle appeared to be heading off towards its own course mark, possibly Brehon Tower.  Vamoosh, still chasing the leaders, was being caught up by the fastest Cruising Class boats, with Busker still ahead of the pack.

Meanwhile, Blackjack had rounded Aiguillons and was the first to fly her spinnaker on the run back towards Castle Cornet. She was overtaken by Kaya on the way, with White Rabbit a little behind them.

Kaya was first to reach the Distance Racing Mark, dropping her spinnaker as she rounded it.

The race back to Aiguillons was fiercely contested in Racing Class, with the leading boats tacking competitively, amongst them White Rabbit and Blackjack hoping to clinch the overall series victory from the other. Fandangle was beginning to catch up with them, although still behind Vamoosh, who continued to race well in mid-field.

Going the opposite direction, Glory Days was heading towards the finish, for line honours and celebrating her series victory in Cruising Class 2 overall.

Angel’s Share was continuing to lose ground to Dino Castro’s Dark Horse, and Naer Pourchet.  Her tiny pink spinnaker looking no bigger than a bright pink balloon, far out in the Little Russel.

The results of this final race also determined overall results in another highly competitive and successful Frostbite series. On the day, in Cruising Class 2 Glory Days came first, Busker second and Dark Horse third. In Racing Class 1, the winner was Blackjack, White Rabbit in second, and Kaya third.

Overall this 2018 Estera Frostbite series, the results meant that the Bob Clark Tankard was won by Glory Days, whilst Blackjack retained the Babbé Trophy.

 

Race 6 – Saturday 10 March

 

Report to follow.

 

Race 5 – Saturday 24 February

 

 

 

Literally freezing temperatures prevailed for the fifth RCIYC Estera Frostbite Race, but nine undeterred yachts nevertheless assembled off Castle Cornet.  It briefly looked as though two French visiting yachts would participate in the race, but they soon set sail and departed towards the South.

The start was watched closely by a small group of visitors from Castle Cornet, some of the first of the season.

In Cruising Class 2, Ian Le Maitre’s Panthalassa had an excellent start, tacking closely inside Havelet Bay and taking an early lead.

Meanwhile, the Racing Class 1 yachts that had started five minutes earlier had reached Anfre, and after rounding it to Port were beginning to slow down, with Simon Henning’s White Rabbit well ahead of the others. Martin Ozard’s Blackjack was leading the chase, and Rupert Dorey’s Vamoosh not far behind in third.

After Aiguillons to Port, Blackjack caught up with White Rabbit, and spinnakers were hoisted. Both yachts were still leading the fleet by a margin.

Martin Priest’s Fandangle and Lloyd/Hughes’ Sun of a Gun chasing behind at this stage, Vamoosh having fallen behind.

White Rabbit pulled ahead of the fleet again between Reffee and Vivian Race Buoy, whilst meanwhile the Cruisers formed a pretty fleet of spinnakers further out in the Little Russel, Dino Castro’s Dark Horse chasing slightly behind the main fleet.

The midday Liberation arrived punctually from the North, forcing Mark Dunster’s Elephant to tack out of its way. Behind him George Oswald’s Naer Pourchet and Dark Horse firmed the tail end of the fleet. Further ahead, meanwhile, Aslett/Knowles’ Glory Days and S. Mckerrell’s Busker were chasing across to Reffee, Panthalassa closely behind.

On the last leg before Vivian, Elephant and Naer Pourchet were delivering a closely fought overtaking match, and unexpectedly Dark Horse suddenly caught up with the main fleet at speed.

It was White Rabbit’s final performance that eclipsed all others, however, figuratively steaming home from Aiguillons, via Reffee, taking line honours by a margin.

A trio of Glory Days, Busker and Panthalassa crossed first in Cruising Class 2, Busker struggling to keep her spinnaker out of the water on the last leg.

Elephant had another encounter with a commercial vessel, but this time the Herm Trident kindly tucked in behind to let the yacht pass but nearly cutting off Fandangle.

Vamoosh was last over the line, behind Dark Horse.

On corrected time, White Rabbit won Racing Class 1 nearly five minutes ahead of Fandangle, Blackjack in third.

In Cruising Class 2, Dark Horse won, the only yacht to finish in under an hour on corrected time. Second was Busker, and Panthalassa in third.

 

Race 4 – Saturday 10 February

 

 

The forecast near gales did not deter nine brave boats lining up off Castle Cornet for the start of the fourth RCIYC Estera Frostbite Race.

Rupert Dorey’s ‘Vamoosh’ and Martin Ozard’s ‘Blackjack’ were first over the line in Racing Class 1, tacking into Havelet Bay and towards Anfre. The course was limited by the forecast to be short and inland as much as possible, although the adverse weather did not deter the ‘Sea Donkeys’ jumping into the waves tumbling over the bathing pools.  After Anfre to Port, the first racers set spinnakers for the run down to Vivian Race Buoy. Meanwhile, the three Cruising Class 2 yachts were following behind, Knowles/Aslett’s ‘Glory Days’ leading, Dino Castro’s ‘Dark Horse’ and S McKerrell’s ‘Busker’ hot on the heels.

Roger Martel’s ‘Kaya’, surfed past Blackjack on the way to Vivian, her symmetric spinnaker allowing a much more direct course than ‘Blackjack’s asymmetric one. The advantage didn’t pay off in the end, though, and ‘Kaya’ was soon afterwards forced to retire due to equipment failure.

Slightly behind were Hughes/Lloyd’s ‘Sun of a Gun’, standing out into the Little Russell with no spinnaker, and Martin Priest’s ‘Fandangle’. The latter took down her spinnaker after a few near-broaches in the building gusts of over thirty knots.

So it was ‘Blackjack’ in the lead as the first racers headed back south towards Anfre, for a second rounding, ‘Vamoosh’ leading the chase.

Meanwhile, in Cruising Class 2, ‘Glory Days’ continued her flawless race, rounding Anfre well ahead of the other cruisers. She even managed to catch up with Ray Redlinghuys’ ‘Mahna-Mahna’, despite starting five minutes after the much larger racer and on the same course. ‘Mahna-Mahna’ entered the series without a spinnaker, to some disadvantage on a course like today.

The forecast rain began around 30 minutes into the race, and swell building although at least the wind was with the tide.

‘Dark Horse’ was struggling slightly, even with a reef in her mainsail she was heeling over and drenching her three stalwart and determined crew. She lost much ground against ‘Busker on the way to Vivian.

As the racers were on their way for a last lap round Reffee, the cruisers were on the home stretch and ‘Glory Days’ took line honours well ahead of the competition.

The wind had really come up by then and only the comparatively small RS Elite ‘Vamoosh’ braving a spinnaker. ‘Blackjack’ was first over the line in Racing Class 1, followed by ‘Sun of a Gun’ and ‘Vamoosh’, who overtook ‘Dark Horse’ just before the finish line, being on a direct course and ‘Dark Horse’ having to put in one last tack.

Back at the Clubhouse, Vanessa welcome the cold but exhilarated crews with Hot Dogs and refreshments. The final results proved a dramatic ending, with ‘Blackjack’ winning Racing Class 1 just six seconds ahead of ‘Vamoosh’ on corrected time. Third was ‘Sun of a Gun’. In Cruising Class 2 positions went to ‘Dark Horse’ in third, ‘Busker’ second, and ‘Glory Days’ first, with an over five minute lead on corrected time.

Several crew – led distinctly by team ‘Glory Days’ – continued their afternoon at the Club, with the Six Nations on the big screen. In all, another great day on the water and thank you very much indeed for the support of our sponsors Estera, in particular David Larkin who led the prize giving and promised to be back to sail later in the season.

 

Race 3 – Saturday 27 January

 

 

Fog and rain prevailed for the aptly named third RCIYC Estera “Frostbite” Race.

No wonder that tiny ‘Angel’s Share’ took one brief look at the start line before deciding to retire. Well done for her skipper Mark Huntley and crew for giving it a go, particularly after the exertions of race 2!

So it was 12 yachts on the start line, the seven racers hustling for position off the Castle ahead of the start gun. Richard Dorey in his RS Elite Vamoosh quietly kept off the pack, and made a brilliant start.

Roger Martel’s Kaya and Martin Ozard’s Blackjack shot off ahead, Kaya leading the fleet unchallenged throughout – not bad given it was her first appearance this year.

In Cruising Class 2, Mark Dunster’s Elephant took the North to South start appropriately seriously and decided to start North of the lighthouse pier. The remaining four cruisers set off as a pack, whilst some of the faster racers were already rounding the first mark, Anfre, setting spinnakers towards Aiguillon Race Buoy and disappearing into the mist.

Vamoosh stuck closely to the other much larger racers, Ray Redlinghuys’ Mahna Mahna instead preferring the company of the cruisers for much of the race.

As Kaya took down her bright yellow spinnaker after rounding Vivian Race Buoy, Martin Priest’s Fandangle was spectacularly broaching just off Castle Cornet. Skipper and crew kept their calm, and the boat soon continued on her course. There were reports of other broaches, one lucky Blackjack crew member getting completely drenched in icy green seas.

Much plainer sailing for Elephant, who towards the end of the race had made up ground enough to catch up Dino Castro’s Dark Horse. As Elephant was beating towards the finish line, the Trident Ferry graciously altered course slightly to let the cruiser continue her course.

Vamoosh’s blue spinnaker was the last to show by Vivian, all other racers having already rounded the mark. The cruisers only had to go so far as Reffee for the last mark, and Aslett/Knowles’ Glory Days was just sailing past the finish line as Kaya, in opposite direction going South, finished taking line honours. Blackjack was up next, but was overtaken on the very last stretch by Simon Henning’s White Rabbit, sailing a much more direct course.

Lloyd/Hughes’ Sun of a Gun finished just ahead of a pack comprising John Falla’s Banjaard, Vamoosh, and Glory Days.

The frozen sailors received a much needed cheery welcome from Vanessa, who had prepared her usual delights of Surf&Turf sausages and Senners rolls.

Estera prizes for the first three boats in each class went, in Racing Class 1 to Kaya in first, Vamoosh in second, Blackjack in third. In Cruising Class 2, Glory Days won, Busker in second and Dark Horse in third.

 

Race 2 – Saturday 13 January

 

 

 

It was blustery, but 15 determined yachts assembled at the start line for the second Estera Frostbite Race.

The six Racing Class 1 boats shot off towards Reffee, for a Starboard rounding and on towards Lower Heads. Simon Henning’s ‘White Rabbit’ sported her spinnaker on the first leg, Ali Bisson’s ‘Cavallo’ and Dino Castro’s ‘Dark Horse’ following suit in Cruising Class 2 shortly after.

After Lower Heads to Starboard, it was down to Anfre, then back to Lower Heads for the Racers. Martin Ozard’s ‘Blackjack’ rounded Anfre first, followed by Mick Holland’s ‘Majic’, ‘White Rabbit’ and Hughes/Lloyd’s ‘Sun of a Gun’ followed on shortly after, Martin Priest’s ‘Fandangle’ chasing.

Meanwhile, some Cruisers were already heading for the home stretch.

John Falla’s ‘Banjaard’ was ahead of her class, but struggling to hold her spinnaker and risking a late broach.

She was chased keenly by Knowles/Aslett’s ‘Glory Days’, and after months of scraping and re-applying antifouling, her skippers and crew were delighted to be back on the water.

Further out in the Little Russel, boats were criss-crossing, some still on their way to the second Lower Heads rounding, others on their way home. Amongst them was Mark Huntley’s ‘Angels’ Share’, visible only by her tiny single white triangle. Her three seasoned crew struggled in the heavy swell, and vowing never again to race in similar conditions.

Meanwhile, Clive Le Tissier’s ‘Jak’, was struggling with an increasingly disintegrating headsail (but making up by sporting illuminated nav lights!), and nearly missed the finish line she eventually approached behind all others in Racing Class 1, narrowly avoiding a  broach virtually on the line, her bright yellow spinnaker collapsing alarmingly.

The last leg home saw unlikely opponents ‘Sun of a Gun’ and ‘Dark Horse’ pit against each other – although the much faster Racing Class ‘Sun of a Gun’ soon shot past the Cruising Class ‘opponent’.

It all seemed to happen towards the finish line on this race, even ‘White Rabbit’, unusually, sporting an impressive hourglass in the spinnaker – although it didn’t appear to affect her speed.

Ian Le Maitre’s ‘Panthalassa’ finished reliably, just behind ‘Cavallo’ and ahead of George Oswald’s ‘Naer Pourchet’, and Morris/Martin’s ‘Jaygo’. The latter holding herself very well against the larger boats.

Back at the Club, Vanessa waited with hotdogs and refreshments, for a much-needed warming up and pleasant banter filling the packed clubhouse.

Positions in Racing Class 1 were ‘Blackjack’ first, ‘Sun of a Gun’ second, and ‘White Rabbit’ third. Cruising Class 2 honours went to ‘Banjaard’, second to ‘Glory Days’, and ‘Naer Pourchet’ in third.

 

Race 1 – Saturday 6 January

 

 

Stars align for 2018 Estera Frostbite series

The timing of the first RCIYC 2018 Estera Frostbite Race could not have been more fortuitous. On Saturday morning the recently relentless gale-force winds eased just in time, as fifteen boats gathered off Castle Cornet for the start of a new RCIYC racing season.

Four yachts in Racing class 1 started at the first gun of the season; it should have been five but Ray Redlinghuys’ ‘Mahna Mahna’ was late coming out of the marina. Unable to use her motor within the five-minute pre-race sequence, she was slowly stemming the tide towards the start line, as fellow competitors drifted (slightly quicker) past her and towards the first mark, Vivian race buoy.

Soon after, Cruising Class 2 started for the first time in 2018, and here five yachts were required to take penalty turns: Dino Castro’s ‘Dark Horse’ for being over the line, and the others for drifting outside of the outermost length of the start line.

The small fleet of penalty takers formed a slow circle back over the line, Roger Perrot’s ‘Rinamara’ taking a graceful centre stage. But just after 09.15 hours all, even ‘Mahna Mahna’, had re-crossed the line with a penalty turn, and were off towards Vivian.

It was a pretty and substantial fleet, particularly as spinnakers were flying on the run down from Vivian. John Falla’s ‘Banjaard’ looked particularly smart, sporting a large Guernsey flag.

The course for both classes was designed for the very light winds, and the announcement to shorten was soon made. Racing class 1 finished after one loop of Vivian, Distance, Reffee. Cruising class 2 only went so far as Vivian, finishing North to South at Distance.

Condor’s Liberation arrived and left again during the race, forcing some competitors to alter course and lose valuable seconds. Herm Trident and several fishing boats were out as well – in all it was a busy January morning on the water.

Line honours were taken in Racing class 1 by Simon Henning’s ‘White Rabbit’, and in Cruising class 2 by Ali Bisson’s ‘Cavallo’.

White Rabbit went on to win the first race, despite also having had to take a penalty turn at the start, beating Hughes/Lloyd’s ‘Sun of a Gun’ by a whole minute on corrected time. Martin Ozard’s ‘Blackjack’ came third.

In Cruising class 2, Banjaard was fastest on corrected time, beating Dark Horse into second, and Cavallo third place.

Mahna Mahna completed the race despite her late start, albeit half an hour after all others, and new Frostbite entrant but RCIYC stalwart Mark Dunster’s ‘Elephant’ was last over the line in Cruising class 2.

Back at the Club, Mark Huntley (who had missed out in fourth place with his new boat ‘Angel’s Share’) led a cheery handover between Heritage, and new Frostbite sponsor Estera. Estera is a leading global provider of fiduciary and administration services, and we are delighted that it will continue the long-standing relationship after acquiring Heritage Financial Services Group in November 2017.