Saturday, 5 July saw the sixth edition of the Oak Trust Impi Shield Yacht Race in aid of Male Uprising Guernsey, hosted by the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club (Guernsey) LBG
Twelve boats entered the race and in gentle conditions, the fleet set off towards Grand Amforque for a clockwise circumnavigation of Herm. The wind soon abated to nothing, which at times saw the heavier cruising boats only able to drift in the tide. The drifts saw four boats in Cruising Class retire at the back of Herm as adverse tide slowed their progress, leaving only Super Tonic to battle the conditions.
In Racing Class the über light boats managed to convert every ounce of wind into speed and there was a close battle to get to Grand Amfroque first. Alice rounded Grand Amfroque first followed closely by Madcap. Around Amfroque, Blackjack made great gains and managed to make it to the finish at the Castle first.
The RCIYC introduced a new class for the race to welcome two new boats, a Pogo 10.50 and 8.50 to the racing fleet. JAK battled through the fleet from a late start. Mahna-Mahna also being raced for the first time managed to stay in JAK’s wake close enough to take the inaugural prize in this exciting class. Mahna-Mahna was also the first shorthanded-crewed boat to finish.
All crews met their host, Oak Trust (Guernsey) Limited, in the marquee for the now traditional hog roast and the prize giving. This is still the only yacht race in aid of a charity and Male Uprising Guernsey benefited again from the generous donations and over £5,000 was raised on the evening for the charity.
Blackjack took the honours in Racing Class to win the Oak Shield and Super Tonic won the Impi Shield for Cruising Class. The overall result, The MUG Trophy, was awarded to Blackjack for the fasted boat around the course.
Mark Chasey, Chairman of Oak Trust thanked the participants and guests and urged them to take the MUG mantra, for men to be more assertive, responsive and questioning of their symptoms to seek medical advice as early as possible, to heart.
The RCIYC hopes to expand future editions of the event, which is open to all yachtsmen on the Island.