The sixth Oak Trust (Guernsey) Limited Impi Shield Yacht Race will take place on the 5th July 2014 and is the only mid-distance sailing race to start and finish in Guernsey.
Sponsored by the Oak Trust (Guernsey) Limited, the race is hosted by the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Cub and is open to up to 15 boats. Last year the event raised funds for Male Uprising Guernsey and the organisers are proud to announce that this support will continue in 2014.
The sailing race is open to any cruising or racing yacht and there will be three trophies awarded at the evening’s entertainment. The Impi Shield is awarded to the winning cruising boat; the Oak Shield is given to the fastest racing boat and the MUG mug will be given to the overall race winner between the two classes.
This year the organisers are hoping to encourage new participants to enter the race and are keen to emphasize that it is open to everyone. ‘We already have a good number of boats entering the race this year but we want to race at full capacity. By having categories for both technical boats and the popular cruising boats we hope that even those sailors who do not race regularly will be encouraged to have a go for MUG,’ explains race organiser and Vice Commodore of the RCIYC, Ray Redelinghuys who continues: ‘Impi is the Zulu word for war which is what MUG has declared on male cancers and we are proud to be part of that fight.’
The race is set against a backdrop of the some of the Bailiwick’s most dramatic and beautiful scenery. Departing from St Peter Port, the boats will race around the North of Herm before rounding the East and South of Sark before heading for home.
Participants will be raising money for MUG through sponsorship and during the evening’s entertainment, which takes place in a marquee on the Crown Pier. Drinks and a hog roast are followed by the prize giving and there will be an auction that will include a stunning, large format book of local charts, which has been donated by Roger Allsopp.
‘The race is now in its sixth year and we hope it will continue to grow and become a classic event in Guernsey’s racing calendar. We realised last year that the event could support a local charity and we were very proud to be the first yacht race in Guernsey to do so. It was a great success, raising £8,000 for MUG,’ explains Oak Trust’s Chairman, Mark Chasey.
Trevor Kelham, founder of Male Uprising Guernsey adds: ‘We are incredibly grateful to both Ray and Mark for their support of MUG and would like to thank The Oak Trust (Guernsey) Limited and the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Cub for supporting MUG via this event.’