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Welcome to the Jersey Regatta ... et soyez bienvenus à nos amis français!

The 16th Jersey Regatta, sponsored by UBS, will undoubtedly be remembered as a classic. We started racing on Friday with the wind just north of east and finished on Sunday afternoon with the wind more or less in the same place. Friday was a little light with winds strengthening throughout the three days to finish with a fine force four to five breeze. Add sun and flattish seas to the mix, plus the beautiful backdrop of St Aubin’s Bay, and you have what were amazing conditions.

One hundred and nine boats raced this year, with good representation across the board, particularly in the dinghy classes where we saw fifty-eight boats on the water.

So, it is over for another year and we heartily congratulate all who took part, particularly all those who carried away the trophies and, especially, the UBS Best-in-Class trophies. This year we were delighted to hold the first Spinlock IRC Channel Islands Regional Championships within the Regatta. Special mention is, therefore, justified of two boats, in particular. Angus Bates’ J133, Assarian IV, that won IRC Class 1 and Steve Pearl’s X79, Less Xpense, that won IRC Class 2. Julian Barber’s Super Q carried away the Spinlock prize for the boat with the earliest IRC certificate, number 155!

A good number of visiting entries from Guernsey, the UK and France made their presence felt in the cruiser, F18 sport-catamaran and dinghy classes. It was a real joy to have them in our midst and we thank them hugely for their enthusiastic support.

Approximately sixty helpers, both on the water and off, worked hard to ensure the smooth running of the Regatta and I have the pleasure of saying a huge ‘thankyou’ for all their efforts, especially those who provided committee boats and RIBs, those who spent the three days at sea and the beach masters who had the interesting job of supervising the sport-cat and dinghy fleets ashore. Sincere thanks, also, to the results team and those unsung heroes who look after the social activities that run alongside the Regatta.

As organisers, we have very much enjoyed working with UBS, once again. They have left no stone unturned in responding to our various needs and we thank them, most sincerely, on behalf of the three Clubs and all those who took part in this great event. As ever, Ports of Jersey came up trumps in providing complimentary berthing and the provision of the Duke of Normandy. Our thanks to them, the Master and crew of the Duke and to all at Jersey Marinas who helped things run so smoothly. We are, also, grateful to Jersey Tourism who have helped hugely with publicity.

The detailed results are available on www.jerseyregatta.com. As usual, we are open to suggestions and look forward to receiving any feedback about any aspect of the Regatta. Please send your thoughts to info@jerseyregatta.com. The seventeenth Jersey Regatta is scheduled for 4th to 6th September 2015, please make a note in your diary now and tell your friends.

Fair winds

Bill Harris

Bill Harris

Chairman & Race Director

16th September 2014

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