Wednesday 5 September 2012
This is the second Guernsey junior sailing event that Heritage has supported this year, the first being the Guernsey Regatta last May. 61 sailors competed in all, 22 in the laser fleets and 39 in optimists. Unfortunately, and just as was the case with the Guernsey Regatta, it was not possible to hold any races on the first day due to winds gusting over 35 knots. The strength of the wind was further evidenced when the alternate plan of a trip to Herm had to be abandoned as the Trident was not able to take return travellers (on basis they could not guarantee getting them back!). Whilst our French visitors decided to enjoy the shopping delights of the Pollet and go for a swim at the Beau Sejour, a small group descended on the Island Bowl to hold what turned into an inter insular tenpin bowling tournament. Everybody regrouped later that evening for a very enjoyable dinner at Castle Cornet.
Lasers ready to start
The Sunday saw much kinder conditions - sunshine and moderate winds. Four races were held in Belle Greve and all passed off without undue drama. It was a fantastic sight to see so many dinghies on the water at the same time and covering such a wide range of ages (sailors being anywhere between 10 and 18 years old). St Malo dominated in the two Optimist fleets whilst Guernsey did the same in the two Laser ones. The scores for all four fleets were combined with the lowest total result winning. Jersey completed the event on135 points, St Malo on 109 points and Guernsey on 101 points. So the Trophee Des Isles returned to the shores of the Bailiwick and is now proudly displayed in the GYC trophy cabinet.
Prize giving and a BBQ followed the racing before all retired for a well-earned rest - our overseas guests all departing on the Bank Holiday Monday having enjoyed watching the hillclimb in the morning.
The participants from Guernsey, Jersey & St Malo