A strong westerly 27-knot breeze greeted the 19 boats that took part in the second race of the series on Saturday 25th January and the competition is already hotting up – even if the weather isn’t.
The racer class followed a triangular course from Castle Cornet to Anfré at Ozanne steps, then on to Lower heads and the nine participating boats made quite a sight with spinnakers raised. This time Blackjack had to settle for second place when she was narrowly beaten by Kaya by a mere 35 seconds after an hour and a half of hard racing.
With these two vessels having been placed first and second in the first two races, they seem to be the boats to beat but it’s early days in the series yet.
Results were not so predictable in the cruiser class. Challenging conditions meant the field was pretty spread out by the time the 10 boats were on the home straight from Castle Cornet back to the Ozanne Steps. Victory went to a first timer in the race series Matt Knowles in Alectrona who beat series veteran Ian Le Maitre in Panthalassa by only 11 seconds. Overall leader in this class after the two races is David Herschel in Bunbury.
The prize giving was hosted by The Royal Channel Island Yacht Club where yachtsmen were welcomed by vice-commodore of the club, Ray Redelinghuys. Heritage’s Mark Huntley, who hadn’t had a bad day himself placing third in the cruiser class, presented the prizes to the successful sailors:
“We have had another great day of racing and the series is again promising to be an exciting event. Let’s see what challenges the weather can throw at us at the next race.”
The next event in the seven race series is on 8th February 2014. For anyone still wishing to take part, entry forms can be downloaded from www.frostbite.gg where full details of race results and a gallery of pictures can also be found.
Dates for the rest of the series:
- Saturday 8th February
- Saturday 22nd February
- Saturday 8th March
- Saturday 22nd March
- Saturday 5th April