Around 500 enthusiasts are preparing to set sail from Guernsey to Jersey this summer in the biggest Inter-Island yachting event of the year.
96 yachts took part in the Carey Olsen Inter-Island Yacht Race in 2013, the fiftieth anniversary, and last year’s winner says it’s anybody’s race.
Aden Clark, Skipper of Guernsey yacht Blue Jade said: “The beauty of this race is that anyone can win it if they get their tactics right on the day, so I’m looking forward to another great race.”
This race alternates in direction every year and starts in Guernsey at 8 am on Saturday 7 June.
Commodore of the Guernsey Yacht Club Jason Hobbs said: “The Carey Olsen Inter-Island Yacht Race is the event that the sailing community look forward to all year. It’s the most important race in our calendar and we’re hoping the weather will play its part to make it a truly great day.”
Managing Partner of Carey Oslen in Jersey Alex Ohlsson said: “We are proud to sponsor this event for the fifth year running as it is such a pivotal event in the sailing calendar and brings together keen sailors of all ages. While there are many experienced sailors in the race it also ensures that people of all ages and abilities are included, making for a very enjoyable atmosphere and a fantastic event overall.”
All the competitors should arrive in Jersey before 4 pm and once the competition is over the skippers and crew will be off to a seventies themed party and presentation evening.
As well as the overall race winner there are a number of other awards up for grabs - first bilge keel, first Melges 24, first Beneteau, first quarter tonner, first family boat, first J, first all-female skipper, first young skipper, line honours and the Sir James Knott trophy.
All funds raised during the presentation evening will be donated to Channel Islands Air Search and RNLI.
Entries need to be in by the end of this month and forms are available from the Guernsey Yacht Club or St Helier Yacht Club, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or for download at www.careyolseninterislandyachtrace.com
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