Welcome to the Jersey Regatta … et soyez bienvenus nos amis français!
Well, there goes the 20th Jersey Regatta, the sixth sponsored by UBS AG Jersey, the Channel Islands’ leading wealth management company. The turnout and conditions were very appropriate for this milestone in the history of the combined clubs’ Regatta, ninety boats racing in fine conditions, plenty of sunshine coupled with light winds and calm seas. OK, the wind could have tried harder but I am pleased to report that the three-day race programme ran without any significant hitch from an organisational point of view.
We were delighted, as ever, to see a strong local entry and to welcome a very competitive contingent of boats hailing from Guernsey, the UK and France. The results show that they certainly made their presence felt in the cruiser, dinghy and windsurfer classes. In that vein, many congratulations to Rhys Perkins & partners who sailed Abracadabra to victory in Class 1 of the Spinlock IRC Channel Islands Championship, to Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner, Aguila, who clinched the Class 2 Championship and to James Leeming who sailed Toothpick to win the British Kona One Championship. Ten classes raced, overall; congratulations to those boats that achieved ‘Best Boat’ in their class and well done and thankyou to all who raced, your support is greatly appreciated.
A heartfelt vote of thanks goes to the race officers and their teams, RIB crews, skippers of the committee boats, beach officers and results gurus for ensuring the safe, efficient and smooth running of the race programme, not forgetting our ace photographers whose work you will surely enjoy, volunteers all. Thankyou, also, to all who contributed to the success of the social programme and catering in the clubs.
We are, also, pleased to acknowledge Jersey Marinas’ valued support in providing the complimentary berthing and extended support so vital to ensuring ‘customer satisfaction’. Their help with the visiting Quarter Ton boats is especially appreciated. Many thanks, also, to Condor Ferries for providing discounted fares to those skippers shipping their boats to the Island.
Sadly, after six wonderful years, we bid farewell to UBS, a sponsor who has not only supported the Regatta financially but has demonstrated true enthusiasm and keen support for the Island’s flagship sailing event. So, a huge ‘thankyou’ to UBS and, especially, Tom Hill, Maxime Le Mouel and their colleagues for all that they have done for the Jersey Regatta. We wish them much success and good fortune for the future.
Finally, a note for your diaries, the next Jersey Regatta is provisionally scheduled for 6th – 8th September 2019. We look forward to you joining us! 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. We shall be pleased to help.
Fair winds and good sailing
19th September 2018