Blackjack plays her cards right

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The final race in the Royal Channel Island Yacht Club (RCIYC) Heritage Frostbite Series saw perfect wind conditions last Saturday (5th April) 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). 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. Mustard Mitt made the podium by only seconds in the final race and by two points overall.

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.’

Full details of the series results and a gallery of photographs can be found at

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