Brewin Dolphin Jersey Regatta

If you are going to be stormbound with your sailing mates anywhere in the world, then Jersey is not a bad place to start.  The seafood is fantastic, the restaurants obliging (kept missing bottles of wine off the bill.....), the locals very friendly, and the bottles of Rose endless.   That is how it was last weekend, when Espada and her crew arrived to take on the might of the Jersey quarter ton fleet.   Sadly, they were the only boat to travel from England - I don't know why - but it was a shame.

Gale force south easterlies ensured that no - one ventured into the boiling seas that featured magnificently in St Aubins Bay for the first two days, and the seas lingered around for the third - to make the sailing conditions very different to the usual Solent chop.  The St Helier Yacht Club was incredibly helpful in cancelling the racing in good time to book lunch each day (top marks!)  The locals consisted of Jackflash (actually, not quite local as she had motored up from St Malo the previous week), Odd Job, Too Farr and Super Q.   All hands were there to help with launching, rigging and and to make sure that the Espada team had a good time. Jackflash sadly lost her rig on the first almighty downwind puff of the first race, and Odd Job showed us where she was by lying on her side regularly. Espada (who also laid it down flat) won all three races - second was Odd Job - third was Too Farr just one point clear of Super Q.

Photo by Gary P le Feurve