JE Inter-Parish Round the Island Race
Published 13:46 on 23 May 2022
On Sunday 22nd May the JE Inter-Parish Race took place, going east about the Island.
We were very pleased that Jersey Electricity sponsored the race for the third time of running. It is different in that crews include participants who do not normally sail giving them a different experience. The race starter had to make the difficult call prior to the start time of 09:00 whether or not to run a shortened course due to the wind conditions. The shortened course to finish at Corbiere was made and as it turned out this was the correct decision, allowing boats to finish within the cut-off time of 17:00.
There were 20 boats entered representing 11 parishes. Last year it was St John that didn't have a boat, this year unfortunately it was St Saviour. The fleet provided quite a spectacle in the Small Roads at the start.
For the first time this year 2 multihulls joined in the event, a trimaran and the Spirit of Variety catamaran. There were a good sprinkle of Parish Officials joining the race from road inspectors, parish executive officers, and the connetable from St Mary John Le Bailly who sailed on the St Mary boat.
This was the third time the event has been run. In 2019 it went East about the Island, last year it was West about due to unfavourable tides in the year, and this year it was back to East about, being the better way round with more favourable tide to help.
The wind at the start was a good strength and the direction allowed boats to set their spinnakers at the start. Spinnakers were dropped at the first mark and boats headed up closer to the wind to the Demi and then on to the Violet off the South-East coast. The breeze help up to St Catherines where the wind started to go light, with the fleet coming to a stop off Bouley Bay where the fleet compressed up. The wind filled in after a short time and the fleet continued around the coast of Jersey. Unfortunately the lack of wind reappeared approaching Corbiere with many boats concerned about making the time limit.
With the fleet finished all that remained was to work out the results based of the JE Event Handicap. The result was that St Lawrence retained the trophy won last year although by a different boat.
Overall and winner of the JE Trophy
1st Tom Bombadil, Steve Pearl representing St Lawrence
2nd Super Q, Julian Barber representing St Helier
3rd Jewel, Jeff Chinn representing St Helier
The first Class 1 boat was Jewel and First Class 2 boat was Tom Bombadil.
Click here to view the JE Inter-Parish overall results.