With less than three weeks to go until the biggest event in the Channel Islands sailing calendar, the Carey Olsen Inter-Island Yacht Race, the sailing community is being encouraged to get their race applications in before the 31st May deadline.
The 24 mile race from Guernsey to Jersey is scheduled to start in Guernsey at 08.00 on Saturday 7 June with all yachts expected to arrive in Jersey by 16.00.
As well as the main overall race category there are many special trophies, giving everyone who enters something to race for.
A new category this year is the ‘first all-female skipper/crew’ trophy. One of the skippers hoping to win this award is Charlotte Castledine who is entering the race in her yacht Supertonic. She said: “Despite the large majority of male crews, sailing is growing in popularity with women locally, demonstrated by the introduction of this new category to the biggest race in the sailing calendar. I’ve competed in the Carey Olsen Yacht Race nine times over the years and this will be my tenth race.
“Our crew is really looking forward to entering the new category for this year’s race which proves to be, year on year, highly competitive but also extremely good fun. The enthusiastic sailors really make the event and I’m looking forward to being part of it again.”
In total there are 28 awards up for grabs including; first line honours, which is a new category for 2014, first bilge keel, first Melges 24, first Beneteau, first quarter tonner, first family boat and first young skipper. Also new for 2014 is the Sir James Knott Trophy which will be awarded to the island with the best overall positions for its first three yachts.
Jason Hobbs, commodore of the Guernsey Yacht Club, said: “The race is highly anticipated by participants every year and with the newest addition of the first all-female crew category, the skippers and their crews are looking forward to seeing the turn out and the fierce competition!
“It’s a very family-orientated event open to people of all ages and abilities and we’re lucky to have had such great support over the years from many different people across both islands. Carey Olsen has sponsored the Inter-Island Yacht Race for five years now and can be proud of their support that they’ve provided to the largest yacht race in the Channel Islands.”
Entry forms should be submitted by Saturday 31st May 2014. They are available from the Guernsey Yacht Club or St Helier Yacht Club, by email at email@example.com or for download at www.careyolseninterislandyachtrace.com.
Late entries may still be submitted but are subject to an additional charge. Entry forms are available from the Guernsey Yacht Club or St Helier Yacht Club, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or for download at www.careyolseninterislandyachtrace.com.
Race enquiries please contact: Guernsey Yacht Club Telephone: 01481 722838 or email email@example.com