Welcome to the Jersey Regatta … et soyez bienvenus nos amis français!
The entries are in, all eighty-six of them, the weather is looking fine and the scene is well and truly set for the 20th combined clubs’ Jersey Regatta, generously sponsored by UBS AG Jersey for the sixth year running.
Proceedings get under way with a welcoming reception tomorrow, Thursday evening, with the standalone race for the sportsboat, cruiser/racer and Quarter Ton classes following Friday morning. The programme for the dayboat, dinghy, sport-catamaran and windsurfer classes opens in St Aubin’s Bay Friday afternoon whilst Saturday and Sunday will see three back-to-back races for all classes, each day, in or to the south of the Bay. It’s going to be busy!
All classes are represented; we are pleased to welcome our ever-enthusiastic local sailors and, especially, those joining us from the UK, Guernsey and France.
We are very proud to be hosting the Spinlock IRC Channel Island Regional Championships for Class 1 & 2 cruiser/racers in this special year. The Class 2 cruisers will be racing with the Quarter Ton Class in order for us to produce a combined result for the purposes of the Championship only. Otherwise, each has its own trophies and place prizes, as have all the other classes. The amount of silverware up for grabs resulting from the multitude of races is dazzling!
With the windsurfers being the new boys on the block, we are also delighted to be hosting the British Kona One Championship and are really looking forward to seeing some great racing.
Ports of Jersey, unstinting supporters from the very start, are providing complimentary berthing and much other assistance to help ensure that everyone should have the best possible experience of the Regatta.
We are most grateful, also, to Condor Ferries for the assistance given to those transporting boats to the Island.
It just remains for me to wish all competitors fair winds, great sailing and good luck on behalf of us all, sponsors, organisers and the three clubs. Have fun!
12th September 2018