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Commodore's July Newsletter

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Published 10:45 on 1 Jul 2024

Tough conditions for Round the Island (Isle of Wight) Race sailors
Congratulations to Club member Peter Morton, owner and skipper of the TP52 Notorious, on winning the Gold Roman Bowl. Peter last won the Bowl 40 years ago in Odd Job, which is still in Jersey and many will remember the boat racing in Club events. There were 939 boats entered, of which 154 finished.
Our Evacuation weekend events
That same weekend, we cancelled our night race to St Malo due to the weather conditions. However, we still had the Evacuation Reception, at which Club Ensign Warrants were presented by our Harbourmaster Captain Bill Sadler.

At the reception Peter and his wife Chrissie also joined us for an exchange of pennants with Seal Beach Yacht Club in California.

Inter-Island Race
Congratulations to The Dogs ….. skippered by Allen Brown, with crew members Gary Birbeck, Bernard Cooper and Bruce Henstridge, on winning the Inter-Island race for what is a very impressive 6th time. The sail from Guernsey was fast, the first boat finishing in slightly over 2 hours with the last to finish in just under 5 hours. It proved a great success both on and off the water with dancing to a live band into the evening.

Inter-Parish Yacht Challenge
The race with a difference, where skippers are encouraged to sail with different crew and to represent their Parish. It was a slow start to the race and along the South Coast to the Violet, but from there, the wind steadily built giving an enjoyable sail to the finish. Congratulations to Super Q, skippered by Jason Manning with crew members Paula Boyle and Mark Staveley, on winning the trophy for St Clement.

Barn Dance
Next Saturday, the 6th of July the Club will not be serving our usual menu and will only serve BBQ food.
So come dressed for the Wild West and join in the evening of great entertainment and fun. Click here for more details about our BBQ and Barn Dance.
Channel France Ports of Entry 2024
With effect from 1st June an additional 53 ports across France were allowed to handle check-in/out together with some Ports of Entry which also fell into this "protocol".

Skippers wishing to enter or leave France using one of these marinas/ports will need to download a form, which is specific to the particular port or area they plan to arrive at or depart from. This form will usually be available from the web site of the marina/port.
However, the new protocol, its implementation, variations and subsequent clarifications have been a source of uncertainty and doubt. We have received the following by way of clarification:
Publication of the National and Local Protocols has provoked a number of queries that have required further clarification from the Steering and Information Section (CRPC) of the Regional Customs Authority in Brittany.
We have been able to obtain clarification on certain points, and the more important of these are given hereunder:
If a boat arrives in France via a non-PPF port it should only leave by another non-PPF port. No inspection of passports is required, as all information concerning persons on board is contained in the Declarations of Arrival and Departure submitted to the marina authorities for onward transmission to the Border Authorities.
If a boat arrives and leaves by the same non-PPF port, no inspection of passports is required for the same reasons as given in above.
If a boat arrives in France via a PPF port it must leave via a PPF port, and passports will be stamped on arrival and departure by the Border Authorities, although Declarations of Arrival and Departure must still be submitted to the relevant marina authorities.
In the event that a boat arrives in France via a non-PPF port with the intention of leaving France via a PPF port, be warned that all those on board must present themselves ON ARRIVAL to the PPF port to which the non-PPF port is attached, to have their passports stamped. For example as Brest is the PPF for LAber Wrach and LAber Wrach is the entry port into France, the boat should proceed initially to Brest before continuing to LAber Wrach.
When planning a cruise this requirement must be taken into account to avoid any delays or misunderstandings.
Its worth stressing that if new crew member joins the boat to sail from a non-PPF port, he/she should first visit the Border Control office of the relevant PPF port governing the non-PPF port in question. For example, if the new crew member embarks in Saint Cast, he/she should first visit the Border Control office in Saint Brieuc.

Dates for your Diary.

Thursday 4th: Dayboat Race 5
Friday 5th: Hettich IRC Evening Series Race 5
Saturday 6th: Independence Day Barn Dance
7th - 12th: Tour des Ports
11th - 18th: Chez Bruno Bastille Week
Thursday 11th: Alex Bleasby Race 7
Saturday 13th: Coastal Race 2: Troy and Le Riche Trophies to Gorey
Thursday 25th: Alex Bleasby Race 8
27th - Aug 4th: Biscay Race & Rally
Saturday 27th: Dayboat Mini Regatta

Friday 9th: Alex Bleasby Race 9
Saturday 10th: Summer Bay Race Series Race 3
Sunday 11th: Coastal Race 3: Port and Starboard Trophies
Friday 23rd - 25th: Rally to St Cast-le-Guildo
Saturday 24th: Offshore Race 6: Blanchard Classic
Saturday 24th: Summer Bay Race Series Race 4

Jeff Speller
St Helier Yacht Club

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