Once again, we’ve enjoyed a really super Regatta. During a period of very changeable weather, conditions improved sufficiently to allow us to run the full programme of races in all classes. Winds were mostly light to moderate and the sea slight with a mixture of cloud and sunshine over the three days.
Although not a record breaking year, numbers-wise, the near eighty-strong Regatta fleet presented its customary superb spectacle in St Aubin’s Bay. A sincere thankyou to all competitors for your keen support for the seventeenth edition of this great event.
As ever, we were delighted to see visitors from the UK, France and Guernsey and thank them for bringing that essential component of external competition that makes racing even more challenging and exciting for our local sailors. We were especially pleased to welcome back old friends and to see the legendary New Zealander Roy Dickson, of One Ton Cup and America’s Cup fame, racing on Graydon Dawson’s Quarter Tonner, Diamond.
This year, we included a cruiser race to the Minquiers and back on the Saturday, designed to enable boats that would not, normally, indulge in the cut-and-thrust of ‘round the cans’ racing to join in all the fun of the Regatta. This does have appeal and should carry through to next year.
So, well done all and many congratulations to all the winners, especially those who won the UBS Best-in-Class prizes, the local IRC Championship and the Island Ark Quarter Ton Trophy. We were delighted to be joined by Lizi Hill, wife of UBS (Jersey Branch) CEO Tom Hill, who very kindly presented the silverware in a packed St Helier YC on the Sunday evening and we are grateful, also, to Tom for his very kind words in drawing the Regatta to a close.
Approximately sixty people contributed their time and expertise to ensuring that things ran well over the three days, both on the water and off. We truly appreciate their contribution whether as race officers and their teams, mark-layers and guard boat drivers and crew, beach officers and photographers and those unsung heroes looking after all the shoreside activity to ensure that the social and administration (including the protest committee!) functions run smoothly. A very special vote of thanks must also go to the very kind folk who provided committee boats and RIBs. We cannot run a regatta without boats and people. Thankyou, one and all.
UBS has, for the third year running, been an enthusiastic and involved sponsor, providing much encouragement and support as well as the necessary financial sponsorship that helps to make this event truly special. We are tremendously grateful to them. Ports of Jersey has, again, helped hugely through providing complimentary berthing and the services of the Duke of Normandy. Many thanks to them and to the Master and crew of the Duke as well as the Marinas staff who have helped in so many ways.
The detailed results have been posted on www.jerseyregatta.com. As usual, we welcome feedback and suggestions you might care to share about any aspect of the Regatta. Please send your thoughts to email@example.com.
I am pleased to advise you that the eighteenth edition of the Regatta is scheduled for 9th to 11th September 2016, please make a note in your diary now and tell your friends.
With best wishes.
Chairman & Race Director
14th September 2015