Welcome to the Jersey Regatta … et soyez bienvenus nos amis français!
Welcome! This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Royal Channel Islands YC, St Helier YC and St Catherine’s SC combined clubs’ Regatta, a real milestone in the life of this great event that has run, without a break, since its inception in 1999.
We are delighted that UBS AG Jersey, the leading provider of wealth management solutions in the Channel Islands, is in the sponsor’s seat for the sixth year running and with us in this special year. Their enthusiasm and outstanding support is a key element in the continuing popularity and success of this ‘flagship’ event.
We remain truly grateful, also, to our previous sponsors who have supported us on this exciting journey.
Scheduled to run from 14th to 16th September, the Regatta is an open event for both local and visiting boats and is designed to provide fun and keen competition for all, experienced sailors and novices alike. Each year, we are especially pleased to welcome friends, both old and new, from the UK, Guernsey, France and, occasionally, those flying the flags from as far away as the Antipodes!
A packed racing programme for cruiser/racer, quarter ton, sportsboat, dayboat, dinghy, sport-catamaran and windsurfer classes unfolds in the beautiful arena of St Aubin’s Bay and in the Island’s coastal waters. This is complemented by a lively programme ashore that provides everyone with plenty of opportunity to enjoy the social programme, camaraderie and ever-warm welcome that awaits them in the Clubs.
It is appropriate, in this anniversary year, that the highlight for the cruiser/racer classes is the Spinlock IRC Channel Island Regional Championship, included within the overall programme. This should raise the stakes for both local and visiting boats, alike.
Ports of Jersey, unstinting supporters from the very start, will again be providing complimentary berthing and such other assistance as will help to ensure that everyone has the best possible experience of the Regatta.
Condor Ferries is, also, on board very kindly offering discounted fares for those wishing to ship boats to the Island for the event. We are pleased to say that this includes boats on trailers, towing vehicles and passengers on all of their routes. If you wish to benefit from this offer, please contact the Regatta Office, in the first instance.
Those of you coming from ‘abroad’ and, maybe, needing accommodation will find a wealth of information on the Visit Jersey website, www.jersey.com. September is a very busy month so early booking is the order of the day.
This year sees the introduction of on-line entry with both the link and the Notice of Race available under the ‘Race Administration’ tab. Please note, especially, the ‘early bird’ fee that applies up to and including Monday 6th August. The normal entry fee applies, thereafter, until the ultimate closing date, 7th September.
Should you require further information, please contact the Regatta Office, c/o St Helier YC, either by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 00 44 (0) 1534 732229.
On behalf of the combined clubs’ organising committee and UBS AG Jersey, I wish you fair winds, calm seas and great sailing over the coming season. We look forward to seeing you in September.
15th April 2018