The fleet, with some proudly flying the flags of the Parishes they were representing, got off to a good start helped by a westerly breeze. Lady Penelope (St. Peter) and Solus Ortis (St Clement) rounded the Corbière lighthouse first, followed closely by Abracadabra (Trinity) and Arctic Tern (Grouville).
On this leg, colourful spinnakers were launched to maintain speed against south-flowing current and several positional changes resulted in a new leader, The Dog’s…. (St. Clement), as the fleet rounded Grosnez for the leg along the north coast, the longest of the race.
The light breeze stayed steady, and it began to look as though an early decision to end the race at St Catherine’s breakwater, in view of a forecast of no wind in the afternoon, might have been premature. However, just as the lead boats arrived off Rozel, the breeze dropped off and the race did conclude at St Catherine’s.
Line honours went to The Dogs…. followed by Abracadabra, Lady Penelope and Zanzibar (St Ouen). However, the final result will be determined by a handicapping system, which includes adjustments unique to this event relating to the percentage of crew from the represented parish and number of parish officials.
After motoring back to SHYC, the smiles on display were evidence of a great day of sailing and general agreement that the decision to shorten the race was the right one.
The full results will be announced at the prizing on 18 June when we’ll see if any Parish could wrest the overall winner’s trophy from St Ouen, winner of the inaugural race in 2019, last year’s event being cancelled due to COVID.