Over 80 yachts turned out for a challenging day’s sailing in last weekend’s (7 June) annual Carey Olsen Inter-Island Yacht Race.
The event was capped by the presentation of 29 awards across a variety of categories.
Line honours for the first yacht to finish was claimed by Guernsey’s Simon Henning in Alice II but on corrected time, it was Guernsey yacht Banjaard, skippered by John Falla who scooped the overall prize as well as first IRC yacht and first Swan.
Banjaard and Alice were joined in the top five by Jersey’s Abracadabra coming second overall, Blackjack from Guernsey fourth and Jersey yacht Erica placing fifth.
Winning skipper John Falla said: “The Carey Olsen race was a great day on the water. It started with more wind than was forecasted and we thought we might have to reduce sail however the wind did reduce. After rounding La Corbiere off Jersey, phase two of the race began. We saw boats ahead sailing into an area of no wind so took a decisive and strategic decision to tack towards France in search of wind. Our crew of JP and Rhona Nicolle, Barry Ozard, Simon Rowe and Richard Grafton all worked hard to keep the boat moving in such light conditions.
“We were very proud to come first as it is the one race in the annual sailing calendar that all local skippers want to win. We have all had many years’ experience on board the boat and the success was very much due to a team effort but you always need a bit of luck. Thankfully fate smiled kindly upon us on the day.
“I am particularly proud that Banjaard has joined the list of winners as my brother and his wife won the race in 1993 in Quixote.”
Fandangle, skippered by Martin Priest, collected the prize for first young skipper, while the Renny family sailed into victory on Darienne as the first family to sail into St. Helier as well as coming second in the non IRC class.
The first long keel prize went to David Myatt in Erica who also came fifth overall. The Dogs..!, skippered by Allen Brown, won the champagne time trial and Martin Ozard and Steve Morris in Blackjack successfully held last year’s title of first J boat. The first Carey Olsen yacht to arrive into the harbour was Jersey’s Jai Ho skippered by Alex Ohlsson.
The Sir James Knott trophy went to Alice, Blackjack and winning yacht Banjaard. Andy Ravenscroft picked up the first multihull prize in Anderica and the first quarter tonner was awarded to Tom Bombadil skippered by Ben Rogers and David Howell.
Guernsey Yacht Club commodore Jason Hobbs said: “The Carey Olsen Inter-Island Yacht Race is a huge event in the Channel Island’s sailing calendar partly because of its diverse offering. The 29 categories cover everyone from those who sail big racing yachts, to families or young skippers who are looking for a great day out on the water and the chance for a little friendly competition.”
Carey Olsen managing partner Alex Ohlsson congratulated those who took part: “The race, our fifth as sponsor, was as competitive as ever and the challenging conditions certainly tested all the participating yachts and their crews. It was particularly good to see so many people from all parts of the Channel Island sailing community taking part in such a variety of boats. It continues to be a great race and we would like to congratulate those who picked up awards on the day as well as all those who took part.”
This year race ran from Guernsey to Jersey where sponsors, Carey Olsen, provided a marquee for a hot supper, prize giving and live entertainment for all the 450 crew members.
Full results of the 2014 Carey Olsen Inter-Island Yacht Race can be found at http://www.gyc.org.gg/