A total of 22 boats braved the January chill to take part in the event, which was divided into two classes (racers and cruisers). The racers’ class started at 2pm and followed a course from Castle Cornet to the north end of Belle Greve Bay then back down the Little Russel to the Ozanne Steps (north of Fermain Bay), onwards to the Brehon Tower before heading to the finish line at Castle Cornet.
This was followed shortly after by the hotly contested cruiser class whose 14 participants had to be recalled for a second start, when a number of the boats were ‘course side’ when the starter’s hooter sounded.
In the racers’ class, BlackJack was victorious, successfully changing strategy from last year’s event by using a larger headsail than she had last season, which obviously suited the lighter conditions. She was followed home by Kaya.
Heritage’s own Gordon Wilson in Tomahawk took the honours in the cruiser class beating David Herschel in Bunbury by a clear two and a half minutes.
Director of Heritage, Gordon Wilson welcomed the participants to the après Sail event in the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club which was crammed to capacity for the prize giving. He thanked all organisers and officials for creating such a great start to the series and encouraged boat owners to participate in the upcoming races.
The next event in the seven race series is on 25 January 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.