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Frostbite series gets go-ahead as Heritage confirms support

The future of one of the Channel Islands’ leading sailing series has been assured with its sponsor confirming ongoing backing for 2016.

Heritage has supported the Frostbite Series since 2003 which is now the largest keelboat series in the islands, with around 30 boats competing this year.                    

Hosted by the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club, the Heritage Group Frostbite Series – so named because it is held in the winter months – is regarded as a well established, high quality event.

‘It appeals to a cross section of local yachtsmen, and there are two classes differentiated broadly by each yacht’s handicap,’ said RCIYC Commodore Ray Redelinghuys.

‘We are delighted that Heritage is continuing with its long standing sponsorship. Heritage Frostbite is the biggest yachting event across the Channel Islands and fosters great camaraderie between yachtsmen,’ he added.

The series, which starts in January, is open to members and non members of the RCIYC and the challenging winter weather conditions help test and hone the skills of crews for summer racing.

Gordon Wilson, Heritage Group director, is also an active participant and was pleased to be able to announce a further year’s sponsorship, which extends to prizes and hot food after each event.

‘Rather like what drives us as a group, taking advantage of opportunities and the changing environment in the winter conditions develops us as sailors and crews and makes the Frostbite Series the great event that it is,’ he said.

The Heritage Group Frostbite Series comprises of six races on 16 and 30 January, 13 and 27 February and 5 and 19 March.

Each race will be followed by a prize-giving in the RCIYC clubhouse and hot food and prizes are provided by Heritage. Prizes are awarded to the first three boats in each class with a trophy presented to the overall winner in each class after the final race.

Notice of race and registration forms are available through www.rciyc.com and www.heritage.co.gg

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